VETERINARY OPHTHALMOLOGYMany eye diseases are time sensitive, so a prompt consultation or referral is in your pet's best interest. Specialists serve as an extension of your family vet's practice by providing the highest level of ocular health care, our team will collaborate with your family veterinarian to develop the best treatment plan.
WestVet Animal Vision Center
We are dedicated to providing the finest in veterinary ophthalmology services to our clients, pets and referring family veterinarians. Our services include:
- Cataract Surgery
- Ophthalmic Ultrasound
- Electroretinograms (ERG)
- Tonometry & Gonioscopy
- Glaucoma Treatment
- Intraocular Tumor Surgery
- Corneal Ulcers and Corneal Dystrophy treatments
- Cherry Eye (prolapsed third eyelid) surgery
- Keratonconjunctivitis (dry eye) treatments
- Viral Infections: Canine distemper virus and feline herpes virus I (hpv-1) treatment
Does your pet need a veterinary ophthalmologist?
The American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO) states that pets could benefit from the care of a veterinary ophthalmologist for the following:
- when an eye condition is not responding to initial therapy
- vision is deteriorating
- a corneal ulcer is not responding to the initial treatment or antibiotics
- a corneal debridement should be utilized
- diabetes and vision complications can be avoided
- determining there are no inherited ocular diseases (if you are considering breeding a pet)
- cataract surgery and lens implantation
- severe eye infections
- cosmetic alterations in lieu of eye removal
- utilizing cryotherapy for eyelid tumors
- treatment of an eyelid mass
- advanced surgical and medical management of Glaucoma
- conjunctivitis or tear film abnormalities
Idaho’s only board certified veterinary ophthalmologists
WestVet is proud to offer comprehensive veterinary eye care from Carrie Breaux, DVM, MVSc, DACVO and Amber Labelle, DVM, MS, DACVO. Both doctors are Board Certified Veterinary Ophthalmologists and Diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO).
This professional distinction places them among an elite group of veterinary ophthalmologists nationwide. In 2013, only 350 veterinary specialists had met the stringent requirements to become a Diplomate of the ACVO. After completing an undergraduate degree and a four-year Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, Diplomates continue with a one-year internship, followed by three years of additional specialized training in an approved ophthalmology residency program. The final step is the successful completion of rigorous written and practical examinations. In addition, veterinary ophthalmologists are required to maintain their skills through annual continuing education.