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Center for Veterinary Health Sciences

Healthy Animals - Healthy People

Ophthalmology | What To Expect

Students are an integral part of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. After checking-in with the reception staff, you will be greeted by a senior veterinary student. The student will obtain a medical history and perform an initial examination.  The student will then present your pet’s case to the ophthalmology clinician. The ophthalmology clinician will then examine your pet and insure all ophthalmic diagnostic tests are completed. He or she will carefully explain the findings, discuss the diagnosis, and outline treatment recommendations. At the conclusion of the appointment you will always receive a written summary of the exam findings and diagnosis, detailed instructions, and the date of your next appointment. A copy will also be sent to your primary care veterinarian following every visit. Please feel free to ask questions at any time! If you have questions following your appointment we can be reached by phone (405-744-7000) or email (

If your pet requires surgery a surgery date will be scheduled at the time of your appointment. Surgeries are not performed the same day as the appointment unless it is an emergency. Unfortunately our caseload and anesthesia schedule do not allow for same day surgeries, and most patients require medications prior to ophthalmic surgery.

If your pet is hospitalized for surgery he or she will have their own student to care specifically for them. While students provide the basic husbandry care and administer medications under the supervision of the ophthalmology nurse or clinician, students never perform the surgery but they are often allowed to assist in the surgery.

Our goal is to improve the quality of life of our patients, and if they are working animals return them to the job they love to do, all through meticulous care and follow-up.