Kansas State University Sets New Record for Service Animal Eye Exams, Ensuring Vital Clearances for Work

By Trish Svoboda

Kansas State University saw a record-breaking number of service animals at its Veterinary Health Center during the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists/Epicur Pharma National Service Animal Eye Exam event in May. Thanks to the K-State veterinarians, these animals are cleared for work.

The service has participated in the event to provide complimentary eye exams for service and working animals for 15 years. The ophthalmology team examined 77 service and working military dogs in the health center, as well as off-site.

During off-site visits, the team visited Kansas Specialty Dog Service (KSDS) in Washington, Sedgwick County Emergency Management Search and Rescue, Wichita Police Department, McConnell Air Force Base, and Fort Riley. At the Sedgwick County location alone, the team evaluated 13 dogs.

Early detection and treatment are key for these animals. During the exam, ophthalmologists check for squinting, redness, cloudy corneas, retinal disease, early cataracts, and other abnormalities.

Registration for next year’s event will open in April 2025.

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