Newtown Veterinary Specialists (NVS) is participating in the 6th Annual ACVO®/Merial® National Service Dog Eye Exam Event by providing free sight-saving eye exams to dozens of qualified service dogs in May. To sign up, service animal owners and handlers must first register online at www.ACVOeyeexam.org before April 30.

Located at 52 Church Hill Road in Newtown, CT, NVS is a new 24-hour veterinary emergency and specialty hospital offering advanced medical and surgical services to help ill and injured pets.  The NVS board-certified veterinary ophthalmologist, Dr. Cory Mosunic, will be performing free eye exams and has been donating her time and resources to this event for the past seven years. She said, “It’s very rewarding to participate and honor the animals that protect, guide and serve us every day, while giving the people they serve peace of mind that their animals are healthy.”

During the complete ocular exam, Dr. Mosunic will utilize her specialized equipment to perform a complete ophthalmic examination. Early detection and treatment of eye disease are vital to working animals. Guide dogs, handicapped assistance animals, detection dogs, therapy animals, and search and rescue dogs that serve the public will qualify.  Eligible animals must be “active working animals” that were certified by a formal training program or organization or are currently enrolled in a formal training program. The certifying organization could be national, regional or local.

Once registered online at www.ACVOeyeexam.org, the owner or agent will receive a registration number and be allowed to access a list of participating veterinary ophthalmologists in their area. Then they may contact a specialist to schedule an appointment.  Times may vary depending on the facility and are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

The ACVO®/Merial® National Service Dog Eye Exam Event brings together veterinary ophthalmologists and thousands of service animals across the U.S. for free eye exams each year. Since the program was launched by the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists in 2008, nearly 16,000 service animals have been examined by 250 veterinary ophthalmologists nationwide.