Veterinary emergency & specialist clinic in Vermont now offers ophthalmology care


Burlington Emergency & Veterinary Specialists to care for pets with an array of eye problems

Burlington Emergency & Veterinary Specialists (BEVS) in Williston, Vermont, has debuted a new service dedicated to offering advanced eye care for dogs and cats.

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According to a company release,1 BEVS’ Ophthalmology Department offers diagnostics, and medical and surgical treatments to preserve and restore vision in patients. From routine eye problems to complex ophthalmic diseases and traumatic eye injuries, the Ophthalmology Department offers personalized care for a wide range of conditions that affect an animal’s vision, including:

  • Cataract surgery with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation
  • Chemical ablation
  • Corneal grafting surgery
  • Distichia & ectopic cilia cryotreatment
  • Enucleation
  • Exenteration
  • Eyelid and corneal laceration repair
  • Glaucoma treatment - endolaser, transcleral laser, ahmed shunt placement
  • Lensectomy for anterior lens luxation
  • Parotid duct transposition / dry eye surgery
  • Reconstructive eyelid surgery / blepharoplasty
  • Third eyelid membrane surgery

"We are thrilled to welcome board-certified veterinary ophthalmologists Sarah Hoy, DVM, MS, DACVO, Courtenay Brines, DVM, MS, DACVO, and their team to our hospital,” said BEVS director of hospital operations, Whitney Durivage, MBA, CVPM, in the release. “Adding this expertise reinforces BEVS' commitment to maintaining its position as the leader in specialty and emergency care throughout the great state of Vermont. With this integration, we will be better equipped than ever to provide the highest level of care and expertise to our patients and their families."

These symptoms in a pet indicate that a client should seek care from a veterinary ophthalmologist1:

  • Bumping into things (may indicate vision loss)
  • Cloudiness to the eye
  • Eye color change
  • Eye swelling
  • Holding their eye closed
  • Injury
  • Mucus discharge
  • Redness
  • Squinting
  • Tearing/weeping
  • Trauma
  • Vision behavior change
  • Any other change in appearance of the eye(s)

Ophthalmic care for pets at BEVS is available by appointment Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. No referral from a primary care veterinarian is needed. With pets suffering from an eye emergency, BEVS encourages pet owners to call if possible before coming into the 24/7 Emergency Department.1


Advanced ophthalmology care for pets now available at Burlington Emergency & Veterinary Specialists in Williston, Vermont. News release. October 24, 2023. Accessed October 25, 2023.

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