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FWV Fetching Executes Public Relations Campaign to Support the ACVO®/Stokes RX National Service Animal Eye Exam Event for the Ninth Consecutive Year

RALEIGH, N.C. (August 2, 2018)FWV Fetching, the pet and veterinary division of French|West|Vaughan (FWV), has successfully executed a public relations campaign to support the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists’® (ACVO®) 11th Annual ACVO/Stokes Rx National Service Animal Eye Exam Event for the ninth consecutive year.

Since the event’s inception in 2008, nearly 68,000 Service Animals including guide, disability assistance, detection, military, search and rescue and registered therapy animals, have received free screening eye exams – including more than 7,600 Service Animals this year alone. In addition to dogs, other formally trained Working Animals, such as horses, mini horses, donkeys, alpacas and cats have received the free sight-saving exams over the last decade.

FWV Fetching’s team of pet and veterinary marketers managed all external media relations initiatives to help support the event, which has resulted in a continued year-over-year increase of participating ophthalmologists and exam recipients.

“We are grateful to continue our partnership with an organization that recognizes the amazing work and dedication Service and Working Animals provide to those in need,” said Kristen Levine, senior vice president of FWV Fetching. “ACVO’s philanthropic focus perfectly aligns with our mission and we are excited by the opportunity to help increase this event’s participation and further its success year after year.”

This annual event was sponsored by the ACVO and Stokes Pharmacy, as well as several generous industry sponsors, ophthalmologists and staff. Participating ophthalmologists volunteer their services, staff and facilities at no charge to participate in the event. Over 300 board certified veterinary ophthalmologists throughout the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and Spain donated their time and resources to provide free eye exam screenings to thousands of eligible Service and Working Animals.

“Every year, we continue to see this event expand to additional clinics around the world and reach more Service Animals,” said Stacee Daniel, executive director of the ACVO. “It’s an honor to work with such passionate and dedicated ophthalmologists and to be able to assist these hard-working animals and their handlers for the past decade. The costs for both the Service Animals and their care can be  high, so to be able to obtain such an important screening examination at no cost can make a huge difference for many of the program’s recipients.”

About the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists®
The American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists® (ACVO®) is an approved veterinary specialty organization of the American Board of Veterinary Specialties, and is recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association. Its mission is “to advance the quality of veterinary medicine through certification of veterinarians who demonstrate excellence as specialists in veterinary ophthalmology.” To become board certified, a candidate must successfully complete a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, a one-year internship, a three-year ABVO® approved residency and pass a series of credentials and examinations. For more information about the organization, please visit www.ACVO.org and ABVO.us.

About FWV Fetching
FWV Fetching originated in January 2017 when Fetching Communications and PetPR.com were acquired by French West Vaughan (FWV), with Fetching founder Kristen Levine leading FWV’s new Pet & Veterinary Practice as Senior Vice President. FWV is one of the nation’s leading public relations, public affairs, advertising and digital media agencies, with offices in Raleigh, New York City, Los Angeles and Tampa. National, international and local clients represented by the agency include Wrangler, ABB, Hood River Distillers, Melitta, NATHAN, Bassett Furniture, Concord Hospitality, Peter Millar, Paralyzed Veterans of America, International Gemological Institute (IGI) and Moe’s Southwest Grill restaurants. FWV is a partner in IPREX, the $200 million network of communication agencies, with 1,500 staff members and 100 offices worldwide. For more information, please visit or follow us on FacebookTwitter, LinkedInPinterest or Instagram

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Media Contact:
Jillian Spitz
614-402-0909
jspitz@fwv-us.com

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