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Service Dogs See Benefits of Free PVM Eye Exams

May 10, 2013

A parade of service dogs came through the Small Animal Hospital reception area Monday, May 6, as the Veterinary Teaching Hospital participated in the sixth annual American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO)/Merial National Service Dog Eye Exam event.  The hospital’s Ophthalmology Service offered free eye exams to 16 certified service dogs, including police K-9’s, search and rescue dogs, a guide dog and a diabetic alert dog.  "These dogs are such an important part of their owner's and handler's everyday life that it is critical to make sure the dogs have healthy vision so they can perform their jobs well," said Dr. Wendy Townsend, assistant professor of veterinary ophthalmology.  She added, “It’s very interesting to meet these animals and their owners, and to learn first-hand about the amazing abilities of these dogs and the depth of the owner’s and handler’s commitment to them.”  The free eye exams also attracted media coverage with stories published in the Lafayette Journal and Courier and aired on local CBS-TV affiliate WLFI and on other media outlets elsewhere in the state.

Writer: Kevin Doerr, pvmnews@purdue.edu

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