MERIDIAN, Idaho (June 30, 2015) – Service Animals including guide, disability assistance, detection, military, search and rescue, and registered therapy animals, selflessly serve the public. To honor these animals and their work, the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO) holds the ACVO®/Stokes Pharmacy National Service Animal Eye Exam Event each May. Last month, more than 260 board certified veterinary ophthalmologists throughout the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico donated their time and resources to provide free eye exam screenings to thousands of eligible Service Animals.
Since the event’s inception in 2008, more than 45,000 Service Animals have received free screening eye exams – including approximately 7,200 Service Animals this year. In addition to dogs, other Service Animals including horses, mini horses, donkeys, cats and one Vietnamese pot-bellied pig received free sight-saving exams.
“ACVO is extremely pleased with this year’s turnout and the response from the community,” Stacee Daniel, Executive Director of ACVO, said. “Special thanks go out to the Service Animal owners who posted notes of gratitude on our Facebook page. It’s very inspiring to read their personal stories, which serve as a testament to the hard work and dedication of our ophthalmologists and sponsors.”
This year’s event was sponsored by 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.
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 “promote excellence in veterinary ophthalmology through advanced training, certification, research and education.” To become board certified, a candidate must successfully complete a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, a one-year internship, a three-year ACVO® approved residency and pass a series of credentials and examinations. For more information, please visit www.ACVO.org.
About Stokes Pharmacy
Stokes Pharmacy is a national, full-service compounding pharmacy specializing in the art and science of the custom formulation of prescription medicines for humans and animals. Leading the way in innovation, Stokes invites veterinarians to prescribe compounded medications online securely, quickly, and accurately via iFill, a cloud-based prescription management system. For more information, visit stokesrx.com.
PHOTO CAPTION: Dr. Amber Labelle of WestVet Clinic in Garden City, ID and a technician examine a Service Dog’s eyes during the 8th Annual ACVO/Stokes Pharmacy National Service Animal Eye Exam Event, which took place nationally during the entire month of May.
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