What is a board Certified Veterinary Ophthalmologist?
A board certified veterinary ophthalmologist is someone who has completed an undergraduate bachelor’s degree, 4 years of veterinary medical school, 1 year internship in small animal medicine and surgery, and finally a 3 year residency program in ophthalmology. Once the residency program has been completed the individual then undergoes the process of becoming board certified which consists of presenting a credentials package to the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmology Exam Committee.
Once the credentials package has been accepted the applicant is then able to sit for the examination; which is a four day process that consists of written, practical and surgical portions. Once the veterinarian has successfully completed all portions of the examination they are recognized as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists and are considered to be board certified.
Why Should I bring my pet to see a veterinary ophthalmologist?
Occasionally your general practice veterinarian may advise a consultation with an ophthalmologist. The ophthalmologist will work closely with your primary care veterinarian to provide the best treatment for your pet. The ophthalmologist will have access to specialized equipment that assist with making an accurate diagnosis and with the treatment of your pet.
For more information on veterinary ophthalmology: please visit the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmology website