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At Veterinary Eye Specialists PLLC, we offer the highest level of veterinary ophthalmic care for your pet. Our board-certified veterinary ophthalmologists have the knowledge and experience to provide the most comprehensive care available. 


Biography for Dr. Jane Cho, DVM, DACVO
Dr. Cho is originally from New York and earned her DVM from Cornell University, where she graduated in the top 10% of her class. She completed an internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York and then worked in a general small animal practice in Manhattan before returning to Cornell for a 3-year residency in Comparative Ophthalmology. Specializing in ophthalmology for over 18 years, she has worked as a clinical ophthalmologist in New Jersey and Alaska, and has lectured on diverse topics in ophthalmology at meetings across the country. She has also published in both veterinary journals and in veterinary textbooks, including a full chapter in a new veterinary clinical imaging textbook (Focused Ultrasound Techniques for the Small Animal Practitioner) in 2013, and a chapter in the well-loved Veterinary Clinical Advisor textbook whose 3rd edition was published in 2014.  She was recently chosen to collaborate in the chapter on Ophthalmic Surgery in the upcoming edition of Fossum's Small Animal Surgery textbook. In addition to academic writing, she has served as a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Ophthalmology at the Cornell University Hospital for Animals in Ithaca.  She lectures regularly at Mercy College, where she has been teaching students in the Veterinary Technology program since 2008.  In 2013, Dr. Cho was nominated and later elected by her fellow ophthalmology Diplomates to the prestigious Board of Regents of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO), the leadership body of the national ophthalmology specialty college. She is a longstanding Editorial Board member of the journal Veterinary Ophthalmology, has served on the Board of Examiners for the ACVO, and currently serves on the ACVO Planning Committee for the national annual ACVO conference.  She is also a member of the Executive Board of the Westchester-Rockland Veterinary Medical Society and the Mercy College Advisory Board.  She is a Diplomate and a Board Certified Member of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists, as well as a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Westchester-Rockland Veterinary Medical Association and the New York State Veterinary Medical Society.

Biography for Dr. James Gaarder, DVM, DACVO

Dr. Gaarder received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree with honors from Colorado State University in 1992. After practicing in a mixed animal practice in North Dakota, he began a 3-year residency in Comparative Ophthalmology at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. Upon completion of his residency, he practiced as an Associate Ophthalmologist at the Eye Clinic for Animals in California. He has practiced ophthalmology in Minnesota, North Dakota, and Anchorage, Alaska, where he has treated not only pet dogs, cats, and horses, but also racing sled dogs, marine mammals, raptors, and zoo animals.  He is Board Certified by the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists and is a Diplomate and Member of the College; he has been practicing in clinical ophthalmology for over 20 years. He has served a tenureship as a member of the important Credentials Committee of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists, and is frequently requested as a reviewer of manuscripts for the international journal Veterinary Ophthalmology.  He has authored multiple veterinary journal articles and ophthalmology textbook chapters on various ophthalmology topics including infectious corneal diseases in horses, glaucoma in dogs, and ophthalmology in exotic animals.  He is also a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Westchester-Rockland Veterinary Medical Association and the New York State Veterinary Medical Society.


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