Board Certified

Veterinary Ophthalmologists

Ophthalmology Services for Your Pet

Find conscientious veterinary eye care for your pet by board-certified veterinary ophthalmologists at Veterinary Eye Specialists PLLC, Thornwood, in Westchester County, New York.  Our ophthalmologists have more than 50 years of combined experience in all aspects of veterinary ophthalmology, from examination to diagnostics and advanced microsurgery.  We can provide complete and professional specialist eye care for your dog, cat, or other small animal in a personal setting.

We are located in Thornwood, New York, and are convenient to all major roads in Westchester, including the Cross Westchester Expressway (Rt 287), Route 87, the Saw Mill Parkway, the Taconic Parkway, the Sprain Brook Parkway, and the Cross County Parkway.  We are easily accessible from Westchester as well as New York City, Putnam, Rockland, and Orange counties, as well as Long Island and Connecticut.

Email us at, contact us  or call us at (844) 394-1643 (toll-free) or (914) 674-4141 to make an appointment at our office in Westchester.

Services Offered Include

Complete ophthalmic examination, diagnostic evaluation, and treatment planning
A full range of surgery, including eyelid and third eyelid surgery, corneal microsurgery, lens/cataract surgery, cryosurgery, and Iridex diode laser surgery (focal retina, glaucoma)
Brand new, state-of-the-art equipment for performing cataract surgery (phacoemulsification) and intraocular lens implantation
A wide range of ocular diagnostic testing including goniosopy for glaucoma, electroretinography for retinal disease and blindness, standard ocular ultrasound for imaging the opaque eye or orbit, and high-frequency ultrasound (ultrasound biomicroscopy) for anterior segment disease imaging
Medical and/or surgical treatment for entropion, cherry eye, tumors, corneal ulcers, dry eye, glaucoma, uveitis, retinal disease, and more
The latest, most advanced anesthetic monitoring equipment including pulse oximetry, Cardell electrocardiography, blood pressure (Doppler and sphygmomanometry) and respiration monitoring, and capnography (ETCO2 monitoring)
Comprehensive follow-up medical and post-surgical care
Canine genetic screening (OFA, CAER) eye examinations
Informative communication with owners - to keep you involved with your pet's eye care
Rapid communication with referring veterinarians, for specialist care that coordinates with that of your general veterinary practitioner
Friendly and professional service

Both Dr. Cho and Dr. Gaarder have been selected by other veterinarians and specialists throughout the Westchester area to be listed as two of the area's topVets™!  

topVets™ was started with the intent to identify the best veterinarians and specialists in the country and is the only list of its kind, chosen by veterinary professionals themselves, and published in Westchester Magazine.  Inclusion in topVets™ is considered a singular honor, and we congratulate them on being honored by their peers.  They have been chosen as TopVets multiple times.


We are currently a mask-optional facility.  Masks are available if you'd like to use one.   Staff may or may not be wearing masks as they feel comfortable.

If you are sick, please consider having someone else bring your pet in, or changing your appointment to another time.   You may also remain in your vehicle during your pet's appointment - just call us when you arrive. 

If you feel at all unwell but must come in, you are required to wear a mask for the safety of our staff and other clients.  You are also kindly asked to remain socially distanced from all others, including staff, at all times.



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Now at Veterinary Eye Specialists.... Dermatology !

Dr. Jeanne Budgin, DVM DACVD is now seeing clients at Veterinary Eye Specialists in Thornwood, NY.  Dr. Budgin, a board-certified veterinary dermatologist  since 2005 and founder of Hudson Valley Veterinary Dermatology, has extensive experience in clinical veterinary dermatology and has been well-loved in our area for many years.   She is active in national, North American and international organized veterinary dermatology organizations, and has special interests in nutritional management of allergic skin disease, treatment of drug-resistant infections, and immune-mediated skin disease.  She also sees clients on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. 

For an appointment with Dr. Budgin, call (914) 495-8300, or visit



Maintenance of Certification by the American Board of Veterinary Ophthalmology

The ophthalmologists at Veterinary Eye Specialists all participate in ABVO (American Board of Veterinary Ophthalmology) Maintenance of Certification - a program aimed at maintaining the level of scientific excellence achieved when initially becoming board certified. This extra step, not required of all ophthalmologists, demonstrates their dedication to continuous learning, professional development, and remaining on the leading edge of their field.


Contact Us

Contact our office in Thornwood, New York, for animal eye care with a personal difference.

Regular Hours of Operation*
Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Friday, 9 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

*Subject to change at any time. Please click here for our current policies regarding COVID-19.

Veterinary Eye Specialists PLLC is an independent business providing veterinary ophthalmology services.


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