UF Small Animal Hospital to hold free service animal eye, heart screenings

Dr. Caryn Plummer examines the eye of a service dog at UF's Small Animal Hospital in 2023.
Dr. Caryn Plummer examines the eye of a service dog at UF's Small Animal Hospital in 2023.
UF Health

The University of Florida’s Small Animal Hospital will offer free eye and heart screenings for service animals as part of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists-Epicur Pharma National Service Animal Eye Exam event on May 17.  

The event will be all day on Friday, May 17 at the UF Small Animal Hospital (2089 SW 16th Ave, Gainesville, FL 32608). Owners or their representatives should call Lily-Anne Drawdy at the UF Small Animal Hospital, 352-392-2235, to schedule an appointment between 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. 

Service animals typically include guide dogs, disability assistance dogs, detection dogs, police dogs, search and rescue dogs, and formally trained and certified therapy dogs. 

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Only active working animals certified by or enrolled in a formal training program or organization qualify for the exam.  

If the veterinarians find more tests are needed, owners will be able to schedule appointments.  

Registration through the sponsor via acvoeyeexam.org is also required during the month of April. 

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