Ophthalmology examines the anatomy, function and disease of the eye, and the Ophthalmology department at The Hope Center is dedicated to increasing the comfort and visual ability of pets. Led by Dr. Elizabeth Adkins, the department utilizes advanced techniques and equipment to cure a wide variety of ocular problems due to defect, disease or trauma.
The Ophthalmology department at The Hope Center is available Monday – Thursday, 8am-5pm. Doctors are available for emergencies through the Emergency Department as indicated.
Some of the most common procedures performed include repairs of eyelid abnormalities, glaucoma therapy, surgical repair of corneal ulcerations and perforations, and cataract surgery.
Our Ophthalmology department offers a wide variety of medical and surgical options for improving the health and function of the eye. A number of these procedures are detailed below.
Dr. Elizabeth Adkins, a board-certified veterinary ophthalmologist, became the head of The Hope Center Ophthalmology Department in May of 2009. She joined The Hope Center after serving as a faculty member at the University of Wisconsin for two years. From 2004-2007 Dr. Adkins practiced in Massachusetts and Illinois. Dr. Adkins is a graduate of The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine and returned there for her residency program after receiving a Master’s degree in Comparative Biomedical Sciences (concentration area: Pharmacology) from North Carolina State University.
In addition to being a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists, Dr Adkins is also a member of National Shiba Club of America. Dr. Adkins has two Shiba Inus, including one from Midwest Shiba Inu Rescue. Dr. Adkins also consults at the National Zoo.
Dr. Adkins is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmology.
Jen began her career in veterinary medicine in 1992. Prior to joining The Hope Center in 2008, she worked in private practice, emergency medicine, and as an anesthesia technician for a local MRI facility. She obtained her degree in Veterinary Technology in 2005. Jen shares her household with her 2 dogs Oakley and Charlee, 2 cats Bummie and Midnight, as well as 2 leopard geckos, 4 hermit crabs, and a goldfish. She enjoys hiking, golf, and spending time with friends and family.
Alix started in the veterinary field in 2002 as a kennel assistant at a private small animal practice and moved on to technician assisting in 2003. In January of 2010, she started at the Hope Center because of a desire to further her knowledge of veterinary medicine and to become a licensed technician. Alix started Cedar Valley Distance Education Veterinary Technician Program in Fall 2010 and is currently working towards her LVT license. She has a son, Rowan, who is 6 and 2 dogs: Tera, 10 and Normandy, 3. Alix enjoys art, reading and hiking. She loves the personal client and patient interaction in the oncology department and specifically like working with geriatric patients. One day she hopes to do more volunteer work both locally and in countries where veterinary medicine is not as available.
“This is our first emergency visit with our dog. It was a very positive experience.”
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