National Service Animal Eye Exams

Dr. Renee Carter with a Great Dane in the hospital

Registration Now Open for 2019 ACVO® and StokesRx Service Animal Eye Exam Event

The American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO®) is proud to announce that registration for the 2019 ACVO/StokesRx National Service Animal Eye Exam event is now open. Service and Working Animal owners and handlers across the U.S., Canada and
Puerto Rico can register their animal to receive a free eye exam from one of 300+ veterinary ophthalmologists participating in the program. Registration and appointments are made from April 1-30, 2019.

Once registration has ended, more than 7,500 Service and Working Animals are expected to receive free sight-saving eye exams during the month of May. The American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists developed the annual ACVO/StokesRx National Service Animal Eye Exam event in 2008 as a national platform to address eye health, which is critical for the safety of the animals and their handlers. Since its inception, the program has provided more than 68,000 free eye exams.

Service and Working animals can be registered through the month of April at Approximately 300 board-certified veterinary ophthalmologists will donate their time and resources to provide free screening exams to qualified dogs, horses, miniature horses, donkeys, alpacas and cats.

Active working animals include:

  • guide,
  • hearing assistance,
  • drug detection,
  • police/military,
  • search and rescue,
  • therapy and disability assistance animals trained through a formal program.

The American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists is an approved veterinary specialty organization of the American Board of Veterinary Specialties that board certifies veterinarians as ophthalmologists. This year’s event is sponsored by ACVO® and Stokes Pharmacy, as well as several generous industry sponsors.

How to Register for the Event

  • To qualify, Service and Working Animals must be “active working animals” that have been trained through a formal training program or organization or are currently enrolled in a formal training program. The training organization could be national, regional or local in nature.
  • Owners/agents for the animal(s) must FIRST register the animal via an online registration form beginning April 1 at
  • Registration ends April 30.
  • Once registered online, the owner/agent will receive a registration number and will be allowed access to a list of participating ophthalmologists.
  • Then, they may contact a specialist to schedule an appointment, which will take place during the month of May. Times may vary depending on the facility and are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, so owners/agents are encouraged to register and make
    appointments early.
  • To schedule your appointment with our Ophthalmology Service, please call 225-578-9600.

About the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists®

The American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists® (ACVO®) is an approved veterinary specialty organization of the American Board of Veterinary Specialties and is recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association. Its mission is “to advance the quality of veterinary medicine through certification of veterinarians who demonstrate excellence as specialists in veterinary ophthalmology.” To
become board certified, a candidate must successfully complete a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, a one-year internship, a three-year ACVO® approved residency and pass a series of credentials and examinations. For more information, please visit

About Stokes Pharmacy

Stokes Pharmacy, has been compounding medications for veterinarians and their patients nationwide for over 40 years and is excited to announce that they are officially a FDA Registered 503B Outsourcing Facility registered as Stokes Healthcare, Inc. As an outsourcing facility, Stokes 503B products meet stringent federal rules and regulations to ensure control over all aspects of manufacturing operations, including raw materials, equipment, containers and more. This control establishes the consistent quality and integrity of our products from batch to batch. Referred to as current good manufacturing practices (cGMPs), these rules and regulations are the same as those followed by the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry. The FDA created 503B outsourcing to elevate the level of quality and control over human compounded medication. Stokes is one of the only compounding pharmacies in the veterinary industry to achieve 503B registration. Doctors and patients alike can rely on the quality and integrity of Stokes' medications knowing they have been compounded under exacting manufacturing standards. It is precision compounding at its best - something few compounding pharmacies in the nation can achieve.