The 6th ACVO National Service Dog Eye Exam event will provide a free screening eye exam to Service Animal groups including: guide dogs, hearing dogs, dogs assisting people with disabilities other than blindness, drug detection dogs, police dogs, search and rescue dogs and formally trained and certified, currently active therapy dogs (through Pet Partners or similar). Dogs must be active 'working dogs' that were certified by a formal training program or organization or are currently enrolled in a formal training program to qualify. (We will now accept certified, Active Members of the International Association of Assistance Dog Partners. Paperwork would need to be provided at the time of the exam.) The certifying organization could be national, regional or local in nature. Essentially the dogs need to have some sort of certification and/or training paperwork to qualify for this particular this program.
Please note that the main goal of this program is to screen certified service animals, therefore some clinics may limit available appointment slots for therapy animals and those in training facilities.
While we would like to offer these services to all animals who offer assistance to their owners/caretakers, this event will be limited to the above groups. There are limited doctors and appointments available to treat these animals therefore specific groups were defined.
If you have a service animal other than a canine, you may still plan to register, afterwards call your local participating ophthalmologist to make sure that your species is able to participate in the event (e.g. felines, equines, etc.)
The definition of qualified Service Animals to be screened during this event applies only to this ACVO National Service Dog Eye Exam Day. ACVO is not a publicly funded organization and is allowed to define the parameters of this exam as best benefits the doctors and participants.