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FAIRFAX, Va. (March 31, 2015) – With their exceptional vision, training and compassion, guide dogs, detection dogs, search and rescue dogs, therapy dogs and animals assisting people with disabilities help people live their lives more fully.   To honor these animals and appreciate the importance of their ocular health, the Ophthalmology Department at VCA SouthPaws Veterinary Specialists and Emergency Hospital is teaming up with the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO) for the 8th Annual ACVO/StokesRx National Service Animal Eye Exam Event to provide free screening eye exams to Service Animals during the month of May.

Nancy Bromberg, VMD, DACVO, and Veterinary Specialist at VCA SouthPaws, will provide free eye exams to eligible Service Animals during the month of May – Monday through Thursday each week – at the hospital’s Fairfax location at 8500 Arlington Blvd. Dr. Bromberg will also provide free eye exams in Fredericksburg on Friday, May 15 at the Hartwood Animal Hospital, located at 15 Jewett Lane. Service Animal owners are encouraged to register now for the free eye exam at www.acvoeyeexam.org. The registration period is April 1 – April 30, 2015, and exams begin in May.

A participant in the event since its inception in 2008, Dr. Bromberg is proud to be an ACVO Diplomate and co-chair of the ACVO’s Public Relations Committee. “I have been privileged to meet and examine many exceptional Service and Therapy Animals over the years because of ACVO’s program,” said Bromberg. “Maintaining the good health and sight of Service Animals is the purpose of the program. These animals often return year after year, which is a wonderful way to prevent or identify and treat medical problems.”

More than 240 board certified veterinary ophthalmologists in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico will provide the free screening eye exams to thousands of Service Animals this May through the 8th Annual ACVO/StokesRx National Service Animal Eye Exam Event. Both VCA SouthPaws and the Hartwood Animal Hospital require that participants meet all event qualifications and provide the assigned registration number that they receive via a confirmation email from ACVO to hospital staff when calling to schedule an appointment.

HOW TO REGISTER FOR THE 2015 EVENT:

To qualify, Service Animals must be “active working animals” that were certified by a formal training program or organization, or are currently enrolled in a formal training program. The certifying organization could be national, regional or local in nature. Check qualification requirements to be certain. Owners/agents for the animal(s) must FIRST register the animal via an online registration form beginning April 1 at www.ACVOeyeexam.org. Registration ends April 30.

Once registered online, the owner/agent will receive a confirmation email with a registration number. Then, they may contact Dr. Bromberg to schedule an appointment, which will take place during the month of May. Times may vary depending on the facility and are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, so clients should try to register and make appointments early.

MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES: The media is invited to interview Dr. Nancy Bromberg, and is also welcome to take video/photos of patients undergoing eye exams during the event in May. Please contact Shannon Stevens at 631.569.2285 or Shannon.stevens@fetchingcommunications.com set up an interview. Pre-exam interviews with Dr. Bromberg are also available in April.

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 ACVO® approved residency and pass a series of examinations. For more information, please visit www.ACVO.org.

About Stokes Pharmacy
Stokes Pharmacy has sponsored the Annual ACVO/StokesRx National Service Animal Eye Exam Event since 2014. Stokes is a national, full-service compounding pharmacy specializing in the art and science of the custom formulation of prescription medicines for humans and animals. Stokes works with veterinarians to prescribe compounded medications online securely, quickly, and accurately via iFill, a cloud-based prescription management system. For more information, visit stokesrx.com.

About Nancy Bromberg, VMD, DACVO, Veterinary Specialist
Dr. Nancy Bromberg is a specialist in VCA SouthPaws’ Ophthalmology Department, where her specialties include inherited ocular diseases, cataract and corneal surgery, and reconstructive surgery. She has been practicing ophthalmology in the greater DC area for 28 years and has been with VCA SouthPaws since 2003. She is a Diplomate with ACVO and the co-chair of its Public Relations Committee. Dr. Bromberg has participated in the ACVO National Service Animal Eye Exam event since it began in 2008. For more information, please visit: http://www.vcaspecialtyvets.com/southpaws/departments-doctors/doctors/nancy-bromberg/11217.

About VCA SouthPaws
For nearly 20 years, VCA SouthPaws Veterinary Specialists & 24-hour Emergency Center has been serving the metropolitan DC community 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The center offers a full complement of specialty services in virtually all veterinary disciplines, including Emergency and Critical Care, Integrative Medicine, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Rehabilitation, and Surgery, ensuring that every patient receives the highest quality and most comprehensive veterinary care. VCA SouthPaws’ board-certified veterinarians provide specialty and emergency treatment for pets and their owners throughout Northern Virginia (including Falls Church, Vienna, Annandale, Burke, and McLean), Washington DC, and Montgomery County, MD. For more information, please visit: http://www.vcaspecialtyvets.com/southpaws.

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Media Contact:
Shannon Stevens
631-569-2285
Shannon.stevens@fetchingcommunications.com

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