The Ophthalmology Service provides ocular medical and
surgical care for any species, however, dogs, cats and horses are seen most
In addition to routine detailed eye exams the Service offers
a variety of diagnostic tests including:
We perform adnexal, intraocular and orbital surgeries
including cataract surgery with artificial lens implants and laser treatment
for glaucoma and retinal detachment. Certification exams for breeding dogs and
horses are also performed.
We work closely with your referring veterinarian to provide
the best possible diagnostic and intensive treatment plan for your pet.
What to Expect
Our Ophthalmology Service is overseen by a diplomate of the
American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists, along with a veterinary
technician dedicated to oversee the Ophthalmology service, who may be your
first point of contact. The Ophthalmology Service is supported by all of the
specialties in the Ontario Veterinary College Companion Animal Hospital (internal
medicine, surgery, neurology, oncology, etc).
As we are a teaching hospital, students in their final year
are assigned to patients on arrival and also play a major role in the management
and care of our patients. These students provide an extra level commitment and
care to your pet. The student assigned to your pet will be an excellent,
consistent point of contact for you while your pet is a patient at the
Companion Animal Hospital. They are always closely supervised by our senior
clinicians and experienced technical staff.
When you first arrive you will be greeted by one of our senior
student veterinarians, who will introduce themselves to you, take a full
medical history and assess your pet. The veterinary ophthalmologist will join
the appointment and oversee the care of your patient.
The veterinarian will discuss the findings and offer options
for further care for your pet. All decisions about your pet's medical treatment
are made in collaboration with you and the veterinarian.
Clients can have the utmost confidence that our students and
technicians practice to the highest professional standards and excel at the
nursing care of patients, under the direct supervision of the veterinary
Please note that our ophthalmologist, Dr. Chantale Pinard, will be on sabbatical from September 1, 2016 until January 9, 2017.
will be filling in for the weeks of September 19 to September 30,
October 17 to October 28, and November 14 to November 25.
Bianca Bauer, an OVC graduate and associate professor of veterinary
ophthalmology at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM), will
be available September 19 to 30. Dr. Bruce Grahn, professor of
veterinary ophthalmology at WCVM, will be available October 17 to 28,
and Dr. Lynne Sandmeyer, professor of veterinary ophthalmology at WCVM,
will be available November 14 to 25.
rechecks and referral appointments, as well as the Advice Line for the
Ophthalmology Service will be available during the weeks when a locum is
present and on clinics. The locums will not be available for
If you are a referring
veterinarian requesting advice outside of the weeks a locum is
available, you are advised to call another Ontario veterinary
ophthalmologist such as Dr. Joe Wolfer, Dr. Heather Gray, Dr. Tara
Richards, Dr. Rick Quinn, Dr. Nick Whelan, or Dr. Dave Tinsley.
If you are a referring veterinarian, please access more information here.
Members of the Ophthalmology Service
Dr. Chantale Pinard, DVM, MSc, DACVO
Susanne Shearing, RVT, BA (Hons.)