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Order Your VAF gear online!

The Vision for Animals Foundation has partnered with Legacy Promotions and is now selling super cool fleece, polos and jackets with the VAF logo!

To learn more or make a purchase click here

Tickets on Sale Now for the VAF Beach Bash on October 27th!

Tickets are on sale now for the VAF’s annual cocktail party and auction.  This year, “A Beach Bash to Benefit VAF” will take place on Thursday, October 27th from 6 pm – 9 pm at the Monterey Beach House, located at 285 Figueroa Street (just 0.3 miles from the Portola Hotel).

Join us on the beach for live and silent auctions, games, bonfires, heavy hors d’oeuvres, tropical drinks and more! To purchase tickets click here

To view some of our auction items click here or check out our PowerPoint presentation!


Canine Glaucoma Think Tank Scheduled for Saturday, November 5th

The VAF’s 2016 Think Tank on Saturday, November 5th will focus on “Surgical Techniques for the Treatment of Canine Glaucoma“.

Participants will be:

Dr. Bianca Bauer, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, Canada
Dr. Dineli Bras, Centro de Especialistas Veterinarios de Puerto Rico, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
Dr. Douglas Esson, Eye Care for Animals, Tustin, CA
Dr. Ronald Fellman, Glaucoma Associates of Texas, Dallas, TX
Dr. Larry Kagemann, University of Pittsburgh /U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Pittsburgh, PA
Dr. András M. Komáromy,Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Dr. Sakoyo Moroi, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Dr. John Sapienza, Long Island Veterinary Specialists, Plainview, NY
Dr. Eric Storey, South Atlanta Animal Eye Clinic, Fayetteville, GA
Dr. Leandro Teixeira, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI
Dr. Carol Toris, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
Dr. Terah Webb, MedVet Medical & Cancer Centers for Pets, Columbus, OH

Thank you to Dr. Andras Komaromy for organizing this event.

2016 Resident Grant Award Recipients Announced

The ACVO Vision for Animals Foundation (VAF) is pleased to announce the 2016 Resident Grant Award recipients:

Dr. Ann Cooper
University of California, Davis
$2,600, 17 months
Comparison of longitudinal changes in chromatic pupillometry in normal dogs and dogs with SARDS or optic pathway disease

Dr. Shin Ae Park
Michigan State University
$5,000, 12 months
Relationship between optic nerve axon counts and clinical assessments of retinal function and structure in dogs

Dr. Whitney Young
North Carolina State University
$5,000, 18 months
Therapeutic efficacy of mycophenolate mofetil in the treatment of SARDS in canine patients

VAF Announces Recipient of SARDS Grant Award

The ACVO Vision for Animals Foundation (VAF) is pleased to announce that Dr. Freya Mowat of North Carolina State University has been selected as the recipient of the organization’s grant award for research to address Sudden Acquired Retinal Degeneration (SARDS).

The title of the proposal is “Defining the effect of immune-mediated damage to the pineal gland in the etiopathogenesis of sudden acquired retinal degeneration syndrome (SARDS) in dogs”.  It is a two-year project, with funding to be awarded in the amount of $29,948.

Co-investigators are: Drs. Katherine Lunn, Natasha Olby, and Gianluca Tosini.

SARDS White Paper Published!

Congratulations to Dr. Andras Komáromy and the VAF Think Tank participants on the publication of the following article in Veterinary Ophthalmology:

Komáromy AM, Abrams KL, Heckenlively JR, Lundy SK, Maggs DJ, Leeth CM, MohanKumar PS, Petersen-Jones SM, Serreze DV, van der Woerdt A. Sudden acquired retinal degeneration syndrome (SARDS) – a review and proposed strategies toward a better understanding of pathogenesis, early diagnosis, and therapy. Vet Ophthalmol. 2015 Jun 20. doi: 10.1111/vop.12291. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26096588.

To view the abstract, click here

The full article can also be accessed from this site. Those who do not subscribe to Veterinary Ophthalmology will need to pay a fee.

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