Amber L. Labelle, DVM, MS, DACVO, Veterinary Ophthalmologist
Dr. Amber Labelle grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and took undergraduate classes at Arizona State and the University of Arizona. As a lifelong equestrian enthusiast, she was encouraged to attend veterinary school in order to make the biggest impact on the health and lives of the horses she loved so dearly. She is a 2004 graduate of the University of California, Davis. She completed an internship at the equine private practice BW Furlong and Associates in Oldwick, NJ, followed by a year in ambulatory equine practice with Carl-Juul Nielsen and Associates in Long Island, NY. She then finished an ophthalmology internship at the Animal Eye Clinic in Norwalk, CT followed by a three-year residency and MS degree in veterinary ophthalmology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists in 2010.
Dr. Labelle was an Assistant Professor-Clinical in Comparative Ophthalmology at The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH for one year prior to returning to the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2011 as an Assistant Professor. She was recipient of the prestigious Pfizer Distinguished Veterinary Teacher Award (formerly the Carl J. Norden Teaching Award) for teaching excellence in 2012. Her decision to join WestVet and move to Boise, Idaho was largely influenced by the birth of her daughter. Looking for a position that would allow her to balance her family time and love of veterinary ophthalmology, she found a perfect fit in WestVet. Her clinical and research interests include pigmentary keratopathy of pugs, equine ophthalmology and ocular neoplasia.
Dr. Labelle lives in Boise with her husband. Together they are owned by three kids: one two-legged daughter and two four-legged pugs. Her pugs have inspired her career in veterinary ophthalmology and her world-renowned research on pug eyes. Her heart dog was Benjamin, an Anatolian Shepherd who graced the November 2013 cover of the American Journal of Veterinary Medicine in colored pencil form. He passed away from cancer in 2006, and the cover art was an amazing tribute by a friend and dear colleague. Outside of veterinary medicine, Dr. Labelle enjoys three-day eventing, salt-water aquarium fish, knitting, cooking, hiking, photography and lindy hop swing dancing.