Paws for a cause

K-State vets shower service dogs with free eye care

From guiding the visually impaired to sniffing out danger, service and working dogs are our four-legged heroes. 

Kansas State University’s Veterinary Health Center is rolling out the red carpet for these canine champions with free eye exams this May. As part of a national initiative, K-State’s skilled ophthalmologists will offer their expertise to ensure our furry first responders maintain clear vision. 

Imagine the wagging tails as Jessica Meekins and Amy Rankin, esteemed professors of veterinary ophthalmology, meticulously check for cataracts, retinal issues and other potential threats to these heroic eyes.

But the care doesn’t stop at the Veterinary Health Center walls. The K-State team is taking its passion on the road, visiting organizations like Kansas Specialty Dog Service and McConnell Air Force Base to ensure no hero gets left behind.

“Early detection and treatment are crucial for these remarkable animals,” explains Meekins. “A healthy gaze means they can continue serving their communities with unwavering confidence.”

This annual event has provided more than 76,000 free exams since 2008 — a testament to the incredible dedication of veterinary professionals nationwide.

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