The "eyes" have it at 2018 Veterinary Innovation Awards
A special event to give eye exams to service animals from veterinary ophthalmologists, including horses, won an award at VMX in Orlando in February.
Veterinary ophthalmologist Dr. Nancy Bromberg of VCA SouthPaws Ophthalmology examines Sgt. York, a caisson horse at Fort Myer in Virginia.In veterinary medicine, innovation also means helping and giving. That might have motivated the thinking behind four out of five voters in a special category in this year's VMX innovation awards giving their vote to the National Service Animal Eye Exam Event.
The eye exam event, supported by the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO) and Stokes Pharmacy, was among the 10 winners of the 2018 Veterinary Innovation Council (VIC) Awards. With five individual categories and five organization categories, this program won in the “Organization: Other” category.
The ACVO/StokesRx National Service Animal Eye Exam Event is a volunteer-based, philanthropic national event that provides free ocular screening eye exams to qualified service and working animals each May. These exams are provided by 300 board-certified veterinary ophthalmologists who volunteer their time and resources. In 10 years, the program has provided more than 60,000 eye exams to deserving service and working animals across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.
The 2018 event will be the 11th year this program has been offered to the public. For more information about the event, click here.