Learn more about what ACVO Diplomates are doing in their professions and how they are involved in their communities. A Diplomate Spotlight is provided below, along with numerous news articles involving ophthalmologists around the world. For more news coverage of past Service Animal events, click here.
If you have a story to share about yourself or a veterinary ophthalmologist you know, please contact the ACVO office.
There’s nothing more heartbreaking than a dog that can’t see his owner, but Gustavo Aguirre, professor in the School of Veterinary Medicine, dedicates his time to giving them sight.
On Jan. 29, Aguirre received the prestigious 2016 Louis Braille Award for his pioneering work in the research and treatment for vision disorders. Aguirre, a professor of both medical genetics and ophthalmology, has investigated the genetic basis of a wide variety of inherited blinding diseases and has even restored vision in dogs.
One of his most famous projects was using gene therapy in a novel way in 2001 to restore vision in a dog named Lancelot, who was born blind due to a hereditary disease. Clinical trials for the same treatment in humans have been shown to be effective and safe so far, and are being offered at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and in Canada and London, and are being expanded to other areas of the United States and Israel.Read the full story here.
Popular Buttonwood Park Zoo seals have eye surgery
NEW BEDFORD - A couple of Buttonwood Park seals got an eye-opener last week. The popular mother/son pair of Atlantic harbor seals at the zoo will be off exhibit for about three weeks after undergoing surgery to improve their vision and overall ophthalmic health, according to city officials.
Unlike most mammals, seals’ eyes contain differences to their corneas and lenses that allow them to see under water and above water. Therefore, eye care for seals requires a highly trained and specialized ophthalmologist. Seals also have unique breathing adaptations for deep diving that requires complex and precise anesthesia. Due to the complicated nature of these procedures, the zoo brought in Dr. Carmen Colitz, a board certified veterinary ophthalmologist, and Dr. James Bailey, a board certified veterinary anesthesiologist, both recognized as the country’s leading pinniped ophthalmic veterinary team, to perform these surgeries. (Pinnipeds are animals with flippers.)
Successful Penguin Cataract Surgery
Boss Hog, a 29 year old male African penguin, developed bilateral cataracts in his old age. There was significant vision impairment: he was noted to have difficulty getting around the exhibit and he was reluctant to come out of his box or to be very active.
“Boss” was not seeing due to mature, or complete cataracts in both eyes. His keepers reported that he was not interacting with the other penguins and having problems with finding food. Dr. Anne Weigt from Animal Eye Care Associates examined Boss to determine if he would be a candidate for surgery.
The Daily Treat: Homeless Kitten Born Without Eyelids Will Have Full Vision Thanks to Giving Doctor Phil the kitten can literally see the bright future ahead of him thanks to Dr. Martin Coster of Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston. Read the full story here: http://www.peoplepets.com/people/pets/article/0,,20885142,00.html
UC Davis Veterinary Ophthalmologist, Dr. Sara Thomasy Has Success with Alternative Surgery to Treat Cornea Disease, Hopes to Discover Gene Causing the Disease
Dr. Brady Beale, DACVO with VRC Ophthalmology gives a dog his eyesight back!
Formally Blind Dog Duffy Seeing the Family after Surgery -- "Post-Op Reunion Video Goes Viral" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Og1nMDl1K7g
WVC is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 Continuing Educators of the Year. This year's winners are reconized for their oustanding teaching abilities in their respected fields. Educators such as these, make learning that much more enjoyable.
Avian & Exotics
Tammy Miller Michau,
DVM, MS, MSpVM,
"The ACVO was represented by members of the ad hoc committee on Pharmaceutical and Toxicology Consulting at the annual Society of Toxicology meeting in Phoenix, March 24-27. This is an international meeting with over 7,000 attendees, representing academia, pharmaceutical and device development industries. Members were present in the ACVO booth in the exhibitor hall, answering questions and increasing awareness of our specialty."
European Society of Veterinary Ophthalmology conference was held in Bucharest Romania,
October 17-20. (read more here)
Dr. Michael Brinkmann was recently featured in a CareCredit spotlight, in which he was interviewed about the benefits our clients experience when using the CareCredit payment plans. He is with the Veterinary Ophthalmology Service out of Las Vegas, NV.
DACVO, Dr. David Maggs’ photo makes the cover of ‘Today’s Veterinary Practice’ magazine. Make sure to also take a peek at the ophtho article it accompanies in this publication, ‘Clinical Approach to the Canine Red Eye’, co-written by DACVO, Dr. Dr. Phillip Anthony Moore and Dr. Laminac (not Dip)”. (A link to the article is not currently available.)
We received word of an unusual letter awarded to our ACVO Diplomate, Dr. Kelley Corcoran of ‘Veterinary Vision of Virginia’that we would like to share with our Service Animal community…She received a written commendation from the only veterinarian in the Army Corp. who is also a Brigadier General, thanking her for providing free eye care to all of the military animals (dogs and horses) in Virginia area since 9/11. This is a commendation of her dedication and continued generosity over the past 10+ years. She has also received several medals from the White House for her work. We’re proud of Dr. Corcoran and the MANY veterinary ophthalmologists who similarly act generously for a cause.
The letter photo shown here is linked to a full page pdf for ease of viewing.
Canine Dry Eye - AVMA Podcast
(with Dr. Cynthia Cook)
We tend to think of tears as a sign of emotion, but they provide a valuable functional purpose, for us and our dogs. Canine dry eye—otherwise known as “Keratoconjuncitivitis Sicca,” or KCS—can have serious health consequences for our dogs, but there are a number of effective treatments that can provide relief and comfort for our canine companions. In this podcast, Dr. Cynthia Cook, diplomate and past president of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists and a clinician at Veterinary Vision in the San Francisco Bay area, discusses canine dry eye.
SAN DIEGO-- A young harbor seal rescued at South Mission Beach underwent cataract surgery this week, a procedure that might allow her to be returned to the ocean, Surgery was performed at Eye Care for Animals in Tustin by Dr. Doug Esson, a veterinary ophthalmologist
The story about 'Liberty'
(with Drs. Koch & Abrams)
See Dr. Paul Koch, MD and Dr. Ken Abrams, DACVO tell the story about Liberty, the Northern Goshawk who had to undergo Cataract and Laser Surgery for her eye condition. Watch this remarkable bird and the extraordinary staff at St. James Surgery Center improve her vision.
VNN Video - "Protecting Your Pets Vision -
When you look into your pet's eyes, what should you see? Most people would say they might see a scheming cat planning her next outrageous stunt or a sad puppy dog, begging for that last piece of pizza! For all the expressions we see in our pet's eyes, it's important to understand just how delicate and prone to injury the eyes really are. Veterinarians see everything from minor scratches and irritation to severe blindness or even cataracts. When the eye issue becomes complex, many pets are referred to their own eye care specialist...the Veterinary Ophthalmologist. Watch this video to see the pet eye doctors in action!