Penn Vet Conducting Free Eye Exams for Service Dogs in May

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Media Contact:Kelly Stratton | | 215-898-1475April 28, 2011

The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine’s Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary will be participating in the National Service Dog Eye Exam sponsored by the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO) and Merial for the month of May.

Penn Vet’s Dr. Gustavo Aguirre, professor of ophthalmology, and Dr. András Komáromy, assistant professor of ophthalmology, will be part of 190 ACVO board-certified ophthalmologists conducting the eye examinations. These exams are free to registered service dogs across the United States and Canada. Over the past three years more than 6,000 animals have been screened. Through these efforts service dog health can be improved and potential disease averted, serving those dogs who dedicate their lives to serving us.

Dr. Aguirre will be screening patients the mornings of Monday, May 16 and Tuesday, May 17. Dr. Komáromy will be screening patients on Monday, May 23 through Thursday, May 26.

Who: Penn Vet and service dogs
What: ACVO/Merial Free National Service Dog Eye Exam Event
Where: Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania, 39th & Spruce Streets, Philadelphia, PA
When: Monday, May 16 and Tuesday, May 17; Monday, May 23 through Thursday, May 26. Clients will be seen by appointment only. All appointment slots are filled, but media are welcome to attend for interviews, photographs and footage.

About the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine

Penn’s School of Veterinary Medicine is one of the world’s premier veterinary schools. Founded in 1884, the school was built on the concept of Many Species, One MedicineTM.
The School’s Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital, located on Penn’s campus in Philadelphia, PA, houses classrooms, laboratories, medical care and one of the nation’s busiest urban veterinary emergency rooms. In addition, the school successfully integrates scholarship and scientific discovery with all aspects of veterinary medical education.
Penn’s School of Veterinary Medicine is the only institution in the state of Pennsylvania graduating veterinarians accredited to care for food production animals. The large-animal facility, New Bolton Center, in Kennett Square, PA, encompasses hospital facilities for the care of horses and food animals as well as diagnostic laboratories serving the agriculture industry.
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