What is a Veterinary Ophthalmologist


A Board-Certified specialist in veterinary ophthalmology has completed all phases of training through an approved American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO) residency training program and passed all written and practical examinations. After obtaining an undergraduate degree, a four year doctorate in veterinary medicine is completed. This is followed by a one year clinical rotating internship or at least two years of general practice work. A three or four year residency program in veterinary ophthalmology is then followed by a demanding specialty examination including both written and practical portions.

Knowledge and skill gained through rigorous advanced training allow a board-certified specialist in veterinary ophthalmology to diagnose and treat eye disease in animals. Once training is complete and exams are passed, a specialist is referred to as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists. A veterinary specialist is required to maintain their skills through annual continuing education. You may find more information about veterinary ophthalmology at www.ACVO.org.

Information regarding Quality of Care

Intraoperative superficial kertectomy

“Specialists” are only recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) as those veterinarians that have gone through an approved residency program and passed rigid testing and guidelines. Board-certified ophthalmologists have many additional years of advanced training and are qualified to perform diagnostics, surgeries and treatments for a wide range of eye diseases.

The quality of general anesthesia, anesthesia standards and monitoring vary greatly in veterinary medicine. Pulse oximetry, gas analyzers, electrocardiography, capnography, blood pressure monitoring, perioperative fluid support, close monitoring and technician training is time consuming and expensive, and this is reflected in the price of surgery.  In addition, intraocular surgery requires special monitoring techniques that require advanced training. 

The initial post-operative recheck exam and drug costs are typically worked into the surgery quote. Drug costs can add up and should be clarified in a quote. Pain medications should also be included for up to 3-5 days after surgery. The surgeon should be involved in your pet’s progress from beginning to end. We value your bond with your primary veterinarian and ensure he or she is informed of your progress each time we see you and your pet.

Dr. Sigle is a board-certified specialist in Veterinary Ophthalmology. All About Eyes Veterinary Ophthalmology Clinic has only state-of-the-art anesthesia and surgical equipment and is committed to quality patient care.