Dr. Christa Corbett’s ACVO Service Dog Exams at UVS

Service dog "Oliver" receives screening eye exam with Dr. Corbett

Wednesday, May 25 marked the final day of the 2016 ACVO (American College of Veterinary Ophthalmology)/StokesRx Service Dog screening exams for Dr. Christa Corbett and the ophthalmology team at Upstate Veterinary Specialties.

This is the 9th year of the annual ACVO service dog eye screenings, and the 4th year for UVS participation. Every May registered service dogs are eligible to participate and receive a free Ophthalmologic examination by a Board Certified Veterinary Ophthalmologist. During these eye exams, Dr. Corbett checks for any eye condition which could impact the dogs’ ability to serve.

“Oliver” the Bernese Mountain Dog is a certified therapy dog and one of the many Therapy Dog International (TDI) participants in this yearly event.

"Vader", the Colonie Police Department detection dog also receives his screening exam at UVS“Vader” is the K9 member of the Colonie Police Department who you might recognize from the April 15, 2016 blog about UVS’ donation of FIDO Bag™ canine rescue kits.

During the 2016 ACVO/StokesRx Screening Event, Dr. Corbett examined 33 service dogs from the following organizations: Empire Servicedogs, Guiding Eyes for the Blind, The Seeing Eye, Colonie Police Department, and Therapy Dog International.


More information on the Annual ACVO/Stokes Rx Service Dog Eye Exam event can be found on their website. Registration will begin again on April 1, 2017.

Even “civilian” pets can benefit from routine ophthalmic check-ups. If your pet is experiencing an eye problem, ask your family veterinarian about whether a visit with a veterinary ophthalmologist could help.

General practice veterinarians can find more information about the UVS Ophthalmology department here. The patient referral form is also available on our website.