MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Service Animals to See BluePearl Eye Doctor

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – BluePearl Veterinary Partners’ board-certified specialist in ophthalmology, Dr. Erica Tolar, is scheduled to see approximately 60 service animals for free eye exams Wednesday and Thursday. Tolar is participating in the sixth annual American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists Merial National Service Dog Eye Exam Event. The eye exams will be provided free of charge to eligible service animals including detection dogs, guide dogs, handicapped assistance dogs, police dogs, search and rescue dogs and therapy animals. “This event allows us a chance to give back to all these amazing animals that serve us and we are honored to be a part of it,” said Tolar. “This event is important to preserve vision in all service animals and if possible identify potential problems before they become a bigger problem.” Registration for the free eye exams had to have been completed by service animal owners or handlers by April 30. To participate, animals must have been qualified as “active working animals” that were certified by a formal training program or organization or are currently enrolled in a formal training program.

About BluePearl Veterinary Partners Formed in 2008, BluePearl Veterinary Partners is headquartered in Tampa, Fla., and employs more than 1,200 people including approximately 250 veterinarians. BluePearl hospitals are referral-only and don’t provide primary care. Most BluePearl hospitals offer 24-hour emergency care services. BluePearl is one of the world’s principal providers of approved veterinary residency and internship educational programs. BluePearl also participates in and conducts clinical trials to study the effectiveness of new drugs and treatments, which give clients access to cutting-edge medicine not yet commercially available and improves the quality of care delivered to our patients. -30- Date: May 14, 2013