Veterinary Ophthalmology in Idaho
There are times when your pet can benefit from a consultation with an ophthalmologist, WestVet offers Idaho's only board certified veterinary ophthalmologists to serve pets in the Northwest.
Carrie Breaux, DVM, MVSc, DACVO and Amber Labelle, DVM, MS, DACVO are both Board Certified Veterinary Ophthalmologists and Diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO). This professional distinction places them among an elite group of veterinary ophthalmologists in the country.
In 2013, only 350 veterinary specialists met the stringent requirements to become an ACVO Diplomate. After completing an undergraduate degree and a four-year Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, Diplomates continue with a one-year internship, followed by three years of additional specialized training in an approved ophthalmology residency program. The final step is the successful completion of rigorous written and practical examinations. In addition, veterinary ophthalmologists are required to maintain their skills through annual continuing education.
Does your pet need a veterinary ophthalmologist?
Many eye diseases are time sensitive, so a prompt consultation or referral is often in your animal's best interest. According to the ACVO, pets with the following ailments could benefit from treatment with a veterinary ophthalmologist:
- Eye condition is not responding to initial therapy
- Deterioration of vision
- A corneal ulcer is not responding to the initial treatment or antibiotics
- Diabetes and vision complications
- If you are interested in breeding dogs and want to ensure the eyes have no inherited ocular disease
- Cataract surgery & lens implantation
- Severe eye infections
- Cosmetic alterations in lieu of eye removal
- Cryotherapy for eyelid tumors
- Eyelid mass treatment
- Corneal debridement for non-healing corneal ulcers
- Glaucoma —advanced surgical and medical management
- Tear film abnormalities
Veterinary ophthalmology services at WestVet
We are dedicated to providing the finest in veterinary ophthalmology services to our clients, their pets and referring veterinarians, including the following:
• Cataract Surgery
• Ophthalmic Ultrasound
• Electroretinograms (ERG)
• Tonometry & Gonioscopy
• Glaucoma Treatment
• Intraocular Tumor Surgery
• Corneal Ulcers and Corneal Dystrophy treatments
• Cherry Eye (prolapsed third eyelid) surgery
• Keratonconjunctivitis (dry eye) treatments
• Viral Infections: Canine distemper virus and feline herpes virus I (hpv-1) treatment
Family veterinarians consider veterinary specialists as an extension of their own practice, and a means of providing the highest level of ocular health care. Dr. Breaux and Dr. Labelle will work in partnership with your family veterinarian for diagnosis and treatment..
Please ask your primary care veterinarian about a referral.
WestVet is pleased to offers services in our new state-of-the-art hospital and trauma center at 5024 W. Chinden Blvd, Garden City, ID 83714.
For WestVet new patient veterinary ophthalmology forms, click HERE.