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Equine Opthamologist in VA?

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  • Equine Opthamologist in VA?

    Anyone know of a good Equine Opthamologist in Virginia? I know EMC has one come in on Tuesdays, and I have tried them already. I am trying to shop around for one to maybe come to the farm.

    Last edited by sar2008; Dec. 3, 2010, 01:10 PM.

  • #2
    Originally posted by sar2008 View Post
    Anyone know of a good Equine Opthamologist in Virginia? TIA!

    I'd like to know of one as well.


    • #3
      Kelly Corcoran is a veterinary opthamologist in Fairfax. She does mostly dogs and cats, but also does horses and will come to the barn. She may or may not work for you depending on what you need. I used her to do follow-up care on my guy after he had been up at New Bolton for an eye injury. Her office number is 703/246.0009. PM me if you want more info.


      • Original Poster

        Thanks I'dratherbe. I am going to give her a call her right now.


        • #5
          I have used Dr. Mike Blair, Animal Eye Care of VA, with great results.


          • #6
            I'm bumping this up because this thread is old and I, too, am looking for an equine opthamologist in Virginia.


            • #7
              Seth Koch -- one of the top in the country.
              www.littlebullrun@aol.com See Little Bull Run's stallions at:
              "Argosy" - YouTube and "Boleem" - YouTube
              Boleem @ 1993 National Dressage Symposium - YouTube


              • #8
                Don't know where in VA you are or what eye problems you are treating. One of the best optho docs in the country is Dr. Gilger at NC State in Raleigh. He is THE expert on Uveitis ("moon blindness"). After suffering through two separate corneal ulcers on one of my guys (one of which required surgery), vets and I decided he probably had Uveitis. So I made an appt and hauled a 10 hour round trip to NC State. Was worth it to me to find out Blue does NOT have uveitis. Just very unlucky to have both eyeballs poked 2 years apart!
                Fox Wood Farm


                • #9
                  Uveitis...so is Koch. Back in 1992, I called him to see my 10 year appy mare whom I'd had since she was 5 -- had a few bouts of uveitis with the ensuing spots of cloudiness one could see in her eye. But it didn't blind her.

                  Then one year I realized she could no longer see after dusk. I realized this in the winter when I was throwing flakes of hay in the pasture and could see her acting like a "mole"... sniffing for it but couldn't locate it. She finally learned to listen to where her best bud was munching, and then go share (he was so kind and became like a "seeing eye" dog for her. During the day, she had full sight. So weird.

                  I had 2 very good vets tell me "either she's blind or she's not" and could not explain why she was only blind at night.

                  That's when I called him in and he made the farm call (though he does opthamology on all animals... including coreal surgery on a montior lizard at the DC National Zoo that was written up in the Washington Post as I found out later).

                  When I explained what I was seeing, and after he examined her he said she has "Night Blindness of the Appaloosa"...a genetic flaw that can show up in middle age. Never knew there was such a thing, and neither did my vets (no criticism of them.. they are not specialists in eyes, which is why you all one in unique situations.)

                  Kind of a crusty guy (he immediately told me I was pronoucing "uveitis" incorrectly...), but really outstanding.

                  I hope he's still practicing. He was no spring chicken when I used him back in the early 90's. Just google his name and hopefully you can find him. He worked out of some top specialty clinics in NOVA...not just horses.

                  The best part is that he came to me and didn't have to haul "Chelsea" anywhere. Not inexpensive, but not bank-breaking. Bottom line...I got my answers and no lost time (as I work) having to travel to him.
                  Last edited by sid; Jan. 26, 2013, 06:16 PM. Reason: typos
                  www.littlebullrun@aol.com See Little Bull Run's stallions at:
                  "Argosy" - YouTube and "Boleem" - YouTube
                  Boleem @ 1993 National Dressage Symposium - YouTube


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by sid View Post
                    ...I hope he's still practicing. He was no spring chicken when I used him back in the early 90's. Just google his name and hopefully you can find him. He worked out of some top specialty clinics in NOVA...not just horses.

                    The best part is that he came to me and didn't have to haul "Chelsea" anywhere. Not inexpensive, but not bank-breaking. Bottom line...I got my answers and no lost time (as I work) having to travel to him.
                    Looks like he's practicing in PA now (assuming this is the same guy):
                    Equus Keepus Brokus


                    • #11
                      I'd suspect, while residing in PA, he may still travel here to the tri-state NOVA area. He's never been affiliated with equine and small animal specialty facilities as a "consultant"for hard to diagnose cases.

                      He may still come down to NOVA on those days he heads for those clinics for appt's. Dont' know as, knock wood, haven't needed him since "Chelsea" that no others could diagnose (recommend the appropriate protocal for handling it for her).

                      Just guessing. Anyway, if anyone can tell you about an animals eyes...no matter the species...I'm sure he can. As that is all he has done for decades.

                      Frankly, I think he's better than my human practioner in that science.
                      www.littlebullrun@aol.com See Little Bull Run's stallions at:
                      "Argosy" - YouTube and "Boleem" - YouTube
                      Boleem @ 1993 National Dressage Symposium - YouTube