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Free eye exams for service animals

Free eye exams for service animals

Credit: ACVO

by Susan Wyatt

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KING5.com

Posted on March 13, 2012 at 11:54 AM

Do you have a service animal or know someone who does?

During the month of May, the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists is holding the 5th annual ACVO/Merial National Service Dog Eye Exam Event to help serve these dogs and other service animals who dedicate their lives to serving the public.

More than 200 board certified veterinary ophthalmologists throughout the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico will provide free sight-saving eye exams to thousands of eligible service animals. Registration for owners and handlers begins April 1, 2012.

ACVO says since the program launched in 2008, more than 10,500 service animals have been examined. In addition to dogs, other service animals including horses - and even a donkey named Henry - received free exams.

Owners/agents for the animal(s) must FIRST register the animal via an online registration form beginning April 1, 2012 at www.ACVOeyeexam.org Registration ends April 30. Once registered online, the owner/agent will receive a registration number and will be allowed access to a list of participating ophthalmologists in their area and may contact a specialist to schedule an appointment.

Appointments will take place during the month of May. Times may vary depending on the facility and are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

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