As part of the second National Service Dog Eye Exam Day, the James L. Voss Teaching Hospital will provide free screening eye exams to eligible service dogs from 8:30 a.m. - noon and 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. on Friday, May 8.
This national day is sponsored by the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists and is the largest public service effort in the history of veterinary ophthalmology. Free exams will help preserve the eyesight of thousands of service dogs across America. In 2008, more than 1,500 service dogs nationally and in Canada had free eye exams, and veterinary ophthalmologists performed $500,000 worth of services. At Colorado State, canine eye exams are normally an $85 service.
The free exams will be provided by specialized veterinarians in the Ophthalmology Section at the hospital. Qualifying service dog groups include guide dogs, handicapped assistance dogs, detection dogs, police dogs, search-and-rescue dogs, and certified, trained therapy dogs from the Delta Society.