Eye Clinic for Animals
The Eye Clinic for Animals offers comprehensive medical and surgical ophthalmic care, including laser treatment for glaucoma and intraocular tumors, phacoemulsification and complete corneal and adnexal surgery. Call Us 858-502-1277 or 760-466-0094
W.A. (Dean) Vestre, DVM, MS
Our ophthalmologists' vision is to provide the finest patient care through the team approach, involving you, your regular veterinarian, and our specialty referral practice. Our board certified doctors and staff offer specialty veterinary ophthalmology services at our convenient San Diego and Escondido locations.
For more directions to our locations and ways to communicate with the Eye Clinic team, please go to our Contact Us page.
Dedicated to Animal Vision and Eye Health
At the Eye Clinic for Animals, our sole focus is the vision and eye health of dogs, cats, horses and various other species including avian and exotic pets. We aim for the finest outcomes for our patients through comprehensive and compassionate medical and surgical care – and close partnership with referring veterinarians and pet owners.
Phone: (858) 502-1277
Office hours are 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM, Monday through Friday.
If an emergency occurs during normal office hours, please call for instructions regarding immediate care for your pet prior to presentation. All emergencies will be seen as soon as possible.
If you have an after hours or weekend emergency, please call Animal ER of San Diego at 858-569-0600, or your local veterinarian.
Monday- Friday, 8:30 a.m. 5:30 p.m.
2430 A South Escondido Blvd.
Escondido, CA 92025
Phone (760) 466-0094
Fax (760) 480-9960
We are conveniently located in the Kearny Mesa area of San Diego. We can be reached by taking the Clairemont Mesa Boulevard exit west from Highway 163, then turn right at the first stoplight onto Kearny Mesa Road. We are located about one quarter mile north on the left side of the road.
We are conveniently located in Escondido, inside of the Animal Urgent Care and Specialty Group, North County San Diego. We can be reached by taking the Centre City Pkwy exit southwest from Highway 15. We are located about one quarter mile north on the left side of the road.
"Compassion is the foundation of Veterinary Medicine and is the core value of ECFA Doctors." Nury Gomez, PPC Vice President
Our veterinary doctors are dedicated to staying on the forefront of new and emerging therapies for animal eye conditions. They have conducted research, published articles on small animal and equine ocular conditions and delivered lectures to veterinarians locally, nationally and internationally. Together, they have more than 40 years of experience as specialists in Veterinary Ophthalmology.
Dr. Jamie Schorling earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree from the School of Veterinary Medicine at Louisiana State University, where she also received her Bachelor of Science in Wildlife and Fisheries. She completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Angell Animal Medical Center of Boston, MA. Her combined Ophthalmology Residency and Masters of Science programs were completed at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2007. During her residency, Dr. Schorling gained extensive experience examining, treating, and performing surgeries on dogs, cats, horses, and various exotic species. She also completed several research projects involving instruments to test intraocular pressure in dogs and ophthalmic examinations in owls, small ruminants, and tortoises. Dr. Schorling has been a board certified member of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists since 2007.
Dr. Schorling gives back academically, participating in multiple continuing education seminars for referring veterinarians in the community, including the Santa Barbara Veterinary Conference in October 2010, as well as numerous presentations through Animal Specialty Group and the annual SDCVMA Specialists' Updates. Since October 2010, she has been a member of the ACVO Exam Committee, authoring the questions for the written exam and observing the practical qualifying elements required to attain accreditation in the program. Throughout the fall of 2011 and spring of 2012, Dr. Schorling has presented ophthalmology lectures and laboratory demonstrations to students at the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine as a visiting professor.
Dr. Schorling enjoys examining and treating all species, including wildlife and exotic pets. She feels that the most rewarding aspects of veterinary ophthalmology include being able to perform procedures to restore comfort and vision to animals when they are injured or visually impaired. In addition to extraocular, corneal, and cataract surgeries, Dr. Schorling has special interests in glaucoma treatment and surgery. When she is not working, Dr. Schorling enjoys various outdoor activities, including camping, hiking, horseback riding, and rock climbing.
A member of the medical team at The Eye Clinic for Animals since 2005, Dr. Vestre is board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists.
Before coming to San Diego, he headed a private referral practice and a specialty center in veterinary ophthalmology in Indianapolis. Prior to that, he was a member of the faculty of the School of Veterinary Medicine at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.
Dr Vestre consulted extensively on ophthalmic research and ocular toxicity for several pharmaceutical companies while in the Indianapolis area. He was also actively involved in training residents in veterinary ophthalmology.
Dr. Vestre’s special interests in ophthalmology include inherited ocular disease, ocular neoplasia and extraocular surgery.
Born, raised and educated in Saskatchewan, Canada, Dr. Vestre received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan. Upon graduation he moved to Champaign-Urbana, Illinois where he completed a small animal rotating internship and an ophthalmology residency at the University of Illinois. He also received a Master of Science degree while at the University of Illinois.
Following his residency Dr. Vestre became board-certified in Veterinary Ophthalmology and joined the Purdue University faculty.
When not practicing ophthalmology, Dr. Vestre enjoys golfing, bicycling and traveling.
Our staff is available to offer you and your pet the most professional and compassionate care. With on site surgery and testing facilities, state-of the art science meets caring and excellent medical application. It is our mission to offer you confidence and assurance throughout your pet's time with us.
Our specialty is the diagnosis and treatment of the eye and nearby structures in all animal species.
Our expertise includes a broad range of treatments for a broad range of conditions, across many types of animals. Among the more common treatments we provide are:
—Various procedures for ocular injuries or emergencies.
—Cryosurgery for abnormal eyelashes.
—Laser surgery to prevent retinal detachments for various other ocular conditions
—Laser surgery for glaucoma
—Eyelid surgery for cosmetic and/or conformational problems
—Corneal and conjunctival surgery for ulcers, injuries, or other conditions.
—Cataract surgery with antificial lens placement
—Intraocular lens implantation
—Laser treatment of glaucoma and other conditions.
In a program aimed at helping to reduce the incidence of inherited ocular disorders (eye conditions), we offer OFA examinations to identify inherited eye problems that can affect many different breeds of dogs.
The Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) now hosts the Eye Clearance Database. Clients can submit their pets' ophthalmic examination results, performed by one of our board certified veterinary ophthalmologists, to determine whether the pet meets standards of the breed and is eligible for a registration number. Please call for price quotes and available appointment times.
If your dog is screened, you will receive a copy of the examination for your records. Otherwise, the findings in all cases will remain strictly confidential, unless the client voluntarily elects to allow OFA to divulge non-passing results to the public.
Your pet’s opthalmic and overall systemic health will benefit from a coordinated, team approach involving you, your regular veterinarian and our specialty referral practice.
Your regular veterinarian is critical, and the fact that he / she referred your animal’s
difficult ophthalmic case shows his / her concern.
When your animal undergoes care at our office, we will provide a written report to your regular veterinarian detailing the condition diagnosed and the treatment administered, although we may remain involved in your pets eye care your routine veterinarian will then continue to monitor and administer to your pet’s primary health care, hopefully for many years to come. If we continue to see your pet for ophthalmic conditions, we will keep your veterinarian informed about the condition.
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