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 on the ACVO/StokesRx Service Animal Event, click here.
If you have a story to share about yourself or a veterinary ophthalmologist you know, please contact the ACVO office.
Hawaiian monk seals at Minnesota Zoo undergo successful eye surgery
2017 Class of American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellows
Among four of the University of Pennsylvania Professors named among the 2017 Class of AAAS Fellows is ACVO Diplomate Dr. Gustavo D. Aguirre. Congratulations Dr. Aguirre! Read the full article from Penn News here.
Vitreous Society Newsletter Read the latest in VS happenings from the ACVO conference in Baltimore, including the winner of the inaugural "Samuel J. Vainisi" award and much more...
Diplomate/Members: Please plan to attend the ACVO business meeting, Friday, October 13th, during the ACVO annual conference in Baltimore, MD to welcome and congratulate your colleagues!
'One Of A Kind' Collection Of Animal Eyeballs Aids Research On Vision Problems
Dr. Richard Dubielzig, an Honorary Member of the ACVO and pathologist, has worked very closely with our ophthalmologists for many, many years. He and his team at COPLOW have been a great asset to our community and assisted Diplomates countless times to better enable them to serve their clients. Here is a fabulous write up by NPR explaining just what is occurs in the pathology lab and how this helps our ophthos and their clients every day!
Does Your Pet Need an Eye Doctor? New York Times
"When Kathy Ouelette’s 98-pound Rottweiler, Bear, began bumping into things (“even into me,” Mrs. Ouelette said), she knew something was wrong. Her veterinarian referred her to Dr. Daniel Priehs, an eye-disease specialist at Animal Eye Associates in nearby Maitland, Fla." Read full article here.
Dr. Daniel Binder Welcomes Children for their Annual 'Pets & Vets' Field Trip
The program is a combined effort of Roger Williams Park Zoo and the Providence After School Alliance. During the visit, Dr. Binder talks with the students (14 this year!) and shows them around the ECFA-Warwick practice. He has them look at each others eyes and even opens a saved enucleation sample for them (a huge hit). He concludes the visit by photographing each student's eyes, forwarding the photos back to them through School Programs Specialist Meg Warburton, Roger Williams Zoo. Special thanks to Emily Rusam and Cheryl Johnson with the Providence After School Alliance for sharing photos of the visit!
Dr. Doug Esson in 'Sea Rescue'
Dr. Esson was featured in two episodes of ‘Sea Rescue’ this winter. In these episodes he removed cataracts from a harbor seal and a sea lion that had been rescued by the team at Sea World California. Both procedures were successful and enabled the animals to be returned to the ocean. He is pictured here with one of his patients, Captain, the bottle nose dolphin at Sea World. We are currently trying to acquire the episode number and link it there.
Dr. Gilger to receive The Ohio State University, College of Veterinary Medicine's Distinguished Alumnus Award
Congratulations to Dr. Gilger for receiving this reward! The Distinguished Alumni Awards are presented during the OSU's Oath and Hooding ceremony in June. The awards, voted on by College of Veterinary Medicine faculty, honor prestigious graduates of the college for their professional achievements, contributions to society, and support of the university.
Promoting Veterinary Ophthalmology in Animal Planet's 'Life at VetU'
It is always fun when one of our members gets to play a part in promoting the profession. Check out this quick write up of the TV program where our own Dr. Beale has enjoyed much interaction with the crew and staff. She is always advocating for ACVO's Service Animal program and continues to work to see if we can gain just a little more coverage! Thanks Dr. Beale.
Read more... Or view episode #1 to see her at work!
Congratulations to Dr. David Wilkie, Recipient of the 2017 AAVC Clinical Faculty Acievement Award.
Dr. David Wilkie was chosen as the recipient of the 2017 American Association of Veterinary Clinicians (AAVC) Clinical Faculty Achievement Award. All member institutions of the AAVC are allowed to nominate one faculty member annually for this award. The Clinical Faculty Achievement Award is given to one member of the AAVC who, for at least five years, has achieved recognition for his or her efforts on behalf of veterinary medicine. Read full article here.
No pet eyeglasses for this vet ophthalmologist
Eye surgery on a gorilla? It’s a very delicate operation. Not just because of the obvious reasons — working with a large primate under anesthesia — but also because gorillas have extremely thin corneas. Veterinary ophthalmologist Ruth Marrion frequently performs corneal surgeries on dogs and cats, but — as you might imagine — usually not on gorillas. Read full article here.
Research team awarded $3.1 million
Congratulations to Dr. Andras Komáromy and his research team! Dr. Komáromy and his partners at Michigan State University, the University of Florida and the University of Michigan have been awarded more than $3.1 million for research on glaucoma. Read the full article here.
10th Anniversary Service Animal Event
The ACVO/Stokes National Service Animal Eye Exam event is a philanthropic effort generously provided to the public by the board certified Diplomates of the ACVO who donate their time, staff and services to provide free screening ocular exams to qualified Service and Working Animals. The 10th Anniversary Event is well underway and is being well received by the press, check out the coverage here.
Dr. Gil Ben-Shlomo featured in Vet Records Careers
Congratulations to Dr. Gil Ben-Shlomo on being featured in Vet Records Careers!
"When he learned what being
a veterinarian meant, Gil
Ben-Shlomo felt that the
career had been invented
especially for him. He has
since specialized, and is now
professor of ophthalmology
at Iowa State University" Read the full article here.
We just completed representing ACVO at the SOT in Baltimore. I want to sincerely thank the following Diplomates who volunteered their time to help me staff the ACVO booth: Dr. Bob Munger (pictured above), Dr. Seth Eaton and Dr. Brian Gilger. "Snowzilla" inhibited Drs. Koch and Bromberg from attending, but I appreciate their willingness to volunteer their time to this effort.
We were well received and several SOT Attendees specifically commented on recognizing our booth from previous ToxExpos. We had numerous inquiries about specific expertise ACVO members may offer from different companies and principal investigators including general Tox consulting, lab animal models of disease, in vitro and in vivo project ideas, specialized imaging and all aspects of pathology (processing techniques, lesion identification, and assistance). The ACVO Pharma-Tox brochure was distributed to those interested and all of those with specific queries for help as it directs them to ACVO.org and Stacee Daniel for distribution to the ACVO Pharma-Tox Listserve.
Participating in the ToxExpo is beneficial to ACVO as we are increasing our exposure and recognition. In addition, there are potential opportunities being developed for those interested in this industry to gain experience (residents, Diplomates).
Michael H. Brown
Chairperson, ACVO Ad Hoc Pharma-Tox Committee
For the First Time Ever Animal Planet Takes Audiences Behind the Scenes at the Bronx Zoo In All-New Docuseries ‘The Zoo’
Animal Planet takes audiences on a first-ever, in-depth look behind the scenes at the Bronx Zoo, a New York institution and global leader in animal care and species conservation.In the premiere episode, Ntondo, a silverback gorilla is diagnosed with glaucoma and staff, including Dr. Sapienza, devise a strategy to keep him comfortable, two keeper-raised Malayan tiger cubs are prepared for their introduction to their exhibit at Tiger Mountain and a zookeeper methodically orchestrates the introduction of two endangered maleo birds to form a pair bond, breed – and eventually, produce a chick. Read full story here.
ACVO Member Spotlight December 2016 Dr. Anne Gemensky Metzler, DACVO
Dr. Elizabeth Giuliano was honored at the 47th Annual ACVO Conference in Monterey for her six years of dedicated service to the Board of Regents. Read more about her being honored 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.)
Penn Vet Professor wins Louis Braille Award
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.
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.
Aquarium veterinarians consulted local veterinary ophthalmologist, Dr. Ruth Marrion of Bulger Veterinary Hospital in North Andover, who has been donating her services since 2007. She was concerned with the potential for further deterioration and the development of other eye diseases. She recommended the cataract surgery and assembled a surgical team. After Aquarium staff set up a temporary operating room in a seal holding area, Dr. Marrion and a surgeon from Florida, Dr. Carmen Colitz, successfully removed both seals’ cataracts. Read full story here.
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.
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.)
Dr. Carmen Colitz, Aquatic Animal Eye, Jupiter, FL
performed cataract surgery on two Australian Sea Lions from Underwater World at the Sunshine Coast Aquarium in Queensland, Australia. pdf of article
Dr. Nancy Bromberg, SouthPaws Ophthalmology, Fairfax, VA
performed cataract surgery on "Dos Equis" a small-clawed otter at the National Zoo, as well as doing eyelid surgery on Tian Tian, one of the Nation Zoo's Giant Pandas.
Dr. Nancy Bromberg, SouthPaws Ophthalmology, Fairfax, VA
Dr. Bromberg was honored by Washington Animal Rescue League for volunteer ophthalmology services.
"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."
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.
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!
September 22, 2011 - Veterinary News Network video promotion on veterinary ophthalmology and Service Dog event..
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. Listen to the podcast.