Welcome To Animal Eye Specialty Center
The Offices of Dr. Robert D. Larocca, DVM, Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologist,
Dr. Melissa Lively, DVM, Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologist,
Animal Eye Specialty Center Would Like to Welcome and Introduce Dr. Hannah Flanders, DVM, MS, Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologist Beginning Sept. 2023!
What is a Veterinary Ophthalmologist?
A veterinary ophthalmologist is a veterinary specialist that diagnosis and treats diseases of the eyes of animals. To become a veterinary ophthalmologist an individual has to acquire a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree and then pursues further training that usually involves a 1 year internship program followed by a 3-year ophthalmology residency program in an ACVO approved residency program. Following successful completion of the residency, the prospective ophthalmologist must complete a rigorous credentialing process and 3-day comprehensive examination. Following successful completion of this credentialing and examination process the candidate becomes a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists and is a board certified ophthalmologist. Only Board certified ophthalmologists can claim that they are specialists in veterinary ophthalmology.