May 15, 2009


 AVMA endorses service dog program

Posted May 1, 2009

The AVMA endorsed the second ACVO/Merial National Service Dog Eye Exam Day, which was subsequently held May 3-9.

The Executive Board approved the recommendation from the Communications Division to endorse the program, which provides owners of service dogs with free sight evaluations by diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists. The examinations establish baselines for future examinations and identify potential vision-threatening conditions. More than 150 ACVO diplomates in the United States and Canada offered complimentary examinations on thousands of service dogs.

An official AVMA endorsement provides license to ACVO to use the AVMA logo on their Web site and in printed collateral materials. It also allowed the AVMA to more deeply engage with the ACVO to help the outreach effort achieve greater media attention.