Ophthalmology Referral Services at UQ
Below is a list of ophthalmic services at UQ St Lucia Small Animal Clinic.
- Vision loss – sudden or progressive
- Persistent ocular discharge
- Eyelid problems requiring surgery – entropion, ectropion, distichiasis, trichiasis, ectopic cilia
- Third eyelid problems requiring surgery – cherry eye, bent cartilage
- Persistent dry eye problems
- Corneal ulceration – persistent, deep or melting
- Corneal diseases requiring corneal surgery
- Blunt or penetrating ocular trauma
- Lens luxation
- Neoplasia of the eye
- Screening of hereditary eye diseases in breeding animals (ACES)
ACES Information for Owners
Australian Canine Eye Scheme (eye testing in dogs):
All the necessary information is available on the AVA website, but recommend that inform client about the main points highlighted in green.
Recommend owner/breeder to access information available in “Information for Owners” and “Rules and Procedures” on the public access section of the AVA website: www.ava.com.au
[About Us – Programs - Australian Canine Eye Scheme – Information for Owners – “documents MUST BE brought into consultation”]
- Suggested $80 per dog
Suggested $40 per puppy (8-12 weeks of age) + $12 per litter certificate
Owner Must Bring:
- Dog or puppy that have been microchipped or tattooed (identification details must be confirmed by microchip reader or a clearly legible tattoo number prior to eye examination).
- Details of ownership including: name of owner, address, postcode, state, contact phone number and mobile phone number. The name of the owner’s own veterinary practice may also be included on the form (optional).
- Original registration certificate issued by an Australian State Canine Control, endorsed with a record of permanent identification (microchip or tattoo). NB: In Queensland, the record of microchip details with number is adequate.
- Any previous eye certificates issued by a qualified veterinary eye specialist in Australia or overseas.
- Any formal transcript of any genetic test results (eye conditions only) issued by a recognized DNA testing laboratory, that the owner wishes to see included in the ANKC’s multi-breed inherited disease database.
- For litter screening (unless individual registrations are at hand), a copy of the Application for Litter Registration form showing registration details of both sire and dam, including a signed Certificate of Service. (Registration details of individual pups may be included if already available, but are not required as microchip identification will suffice).
Litter screening can only be performed on pups up to twelve (12) weeks of age – ideally 8-12 weeks. All puppies are screened for the presence of inherited/congenital diseases and their results will be recorded on the
same litter screening certificate.
- NOTE for animals which have had a change of ownership, the owner is to bring the Change of ownership documentation or original export certificate issued by country of origin.
- NOTE for animals that have been imported outside of Australia, the owner must bring the Original registration certificate issued by the registering authority in the country of origin, endorsed with a record of permanent identification (microchip or tattoo)
If any of these documents are held but are not presented, the examination may proceed but results will not be made available (even verbally) and the certificate may not be issued until missing documents are sighted.
The Eye Exam:
Dogs/puppies will be examined first without pupil dilation, then Mydriacyl drops will be given in each eye to dilate the pupils. Approximately 20 mins later, dogs/puppies will be reexamined for abnormalities at back of the eye.
What to do with the Eye Forms?:
- Owner to complete form prior to eye exam (must be given assisted as each form costs $12 each!) or supervised by Edith if it is their first time filling out the form
- All documents must be sighted and signed by ophthalmologist at the time the examination. Identification details must be confirmed by a microchip reader or a clearly legible tattoo number by ophthalmologist
- Top white copy of the certificate to be given to the owner, middle yellow copy to be posted to AVA (within 14 days), and bottom blue copy to be retained and filed by ophthalmologist.
- Post middle yellow copy to the AVA:
PO Box 4257
Kingston ACT 2604
- More forms can be purchased from the AVA:
Adult or Litter Books @ $250 per book (25 forms/book)
Peta Horan c/- AVA ACT
PO Box 4257, Kingston ACT 2604
02 6273 0064
The results of a signed eye examination form are valid for one year.