About Animal Eye Specialty Center

Our Facility and Staff

  • Dr. Robert D. Larocca, DVM, DACVO
  • Dr. Melissa Lively, DVM, DACVO
  • Dr. Hannah Flanders, DVM, MS, DACVO
  • Office Manager/Director: TJ Larocca
  • Lead Technician/Staff Manager: Jane
  • Clinic Manager/Technician: Brittany
  • Technicians: Jennifer, Ashley, Melissa, Emily, Rachel and Amisa

Dr. Robert Larocca

Animal Eye Specialty Center Dr Larocca

Dr. Larocca received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. and then attended and received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree (DVM) from the University of Florida. After completing an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Larocca worked in a small animal practice in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Next he completed a three-year residency in veterinary ophthalmology at Auburn University and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists and a board certified ophthalmologist.

Animal Eye Specialty Center Dr Larocca

Dr. Melissa Lively

Animal Eye Specialty Center Dr Lively

Dr. Melissa Lively received her Bachelor of Science degree in Veterinary Science at the University of Minnesota. Prior to vet school, Dr. Lively worked as a technician for many years with Dr. Larocca. She received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from the University of Minnesota. After completing a one-year rotating medicine and surgical internship at North Carolina State University, Dr. Lively completed a three-year comparative ophthalmology residency, also at NCSU and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologist and a board certified ophthalmologist.

Animal Eye Specialty Center Dr Lively

Dr. Hannah Flanders

Animal Eye Specialty Center Dr Lively

Hannah Flanders grew up in Andover, Minnesota. She received a bachelor’s degree from University of Minnesota, Morris during which she also played NCAA women’s volleyball. Her interest in veterinary ophthalmology began during her undergraduate degree while working as an assistant at Animal Eye Specialty Center. Hannah received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Wisconsin, Madison before completing a small animal medicine and surgery internship at Iowa State University. She completed her ophthalmology residency and while earning a master’s degree in clinical science from Colorado State University.

Animal Eye Specialty Center Dr Lively