16,000 dogs have been served in the past six years.
The American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO) has announced that registration is now open for the sixth-annual ACVO/Merial National Service Dog Eye Exam Event. Throughout the month of May, participating board-certified veterinary ophthalmologists will provide eye exams to thousands of service animals through the program. Registration is open from April 1-30.
To qualify for the program, ACVO says, service animals must be active working animals certified by a formal training program or organization or currently enrolled in a formal training program. Registered, qualified animals will receive a registration number used to schedule an appointment directly with a participating veterinary ophthalmologist during the month of May.
Veterinary ophthalmologists who want to participate in the program can register through an online form. Participating doctors can determine their own availability for the event, allocating as much or as little time as they can commit. The website also offers ophthalmologists tools to promote the event, such as a customizable press release, flyer and use of the ACVO/Merial Service Dog Event booth for local conferences.
Veterinary ophthalmologists and pet owners can register at ACVOeyeexam.org. Since the program launched in 2008, nearly 16,000 service animals have been examined.