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Kristen Gervais

DVM, MS, DACVO
Dr. Gervais
Veterinary Specialist
Ophthalmology
Dr. Gervais

At a Glance

Practicing Since:

2011

Board Certified:

Opthamology

Specialties Include:

Cataract surgery
OFA Eye Certification examinations

Dr. Gervais is a native of Millbury, MA. She graduated from Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in 2011. After graduation, she completed a one year rotating internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Gervais then served as a research associate at The Ohio State University College of Optometry for one year. She then went on to complete a residency in Comparative Ophthalmology at the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists in 2018. Dr. Gervais enjoys all aspects of small animal ophthalmology, and is especially fond of performing phacoemulsification for the treatment of cataracts.

Ophthalmology

Our ophthalmology department offers compassionate care for both our clients and their pets while employing specialized, state-of-the-art equipment and techniques in treating diseases and injuries of the eye. Our goal is to improve and preserve animal vision and quality of life by providing the finest veterinary ophthalmology services for pets.

What Is A Veterinary Ophthalmologist?

A veterinary ophthalmologist is a doctor who specializes in diseases that can affect your pet's eye and vision. A veterinary ophthalmologist is also equipped to diagnose and treat diseases that affect the structures surrounding the eye, such as the eyelids, conjunctiva, and some of the bones of the skull that comprise the eye socket. A veterinary ophthalmologist will combine medical and surgical treatments in order to most effectively treat your pet's eye problem.

While your general practitioner veterinarian can diagnose and treat many routine eye conditions, certain diseases and injuries require the care of a doctor who has had specialized, intensive training in veterinary ophthalmology in order to provide the very best outcome for your pet.

Pet eye diseases that you may be familiar with as a result of your own visits to a human ophthalmologist include cataracts, glaucoma, retinal detachments, and corneal ulcers.

Why Does My Pet Need A Veterinary Ophthalmologist?

While your general practitioner veterinarian can handle many aspects of your pet's care, just as in human medicine, sometimes there is a need for the attention of a specialist. If your pet has a complicated or difficult problem, your pet may require the care of a veterinary ophthalmologist. You can be assured that a veterinarian who knows when to refer you and your pet for more specialized diagnostic work or treatment is one that is caring and committed to ensuring your pet receives the highest standard of medical care for his or her problem.

While in some cases, your veterinarian may be able to simply consult with a specialist about your pet's care, in other cases it is necessary to actually refer you and your pet to the specialist for more advanced diagnostics and treatment, including surgery.

What Special Problems Does A Veterinary Ophthalmologist Treat?

Routine eye matters can frequently be handled by your general practitioner veterinarian. The conditions listed below, however, frequently require the attention of a specialist.

  • Cataracts
  • Corneal ulcer
  • Entropion
  • Glaucoma
  • Prolapsed gland of the nictitans (cherry eye)
  • Uveitis

Will My Regular Veterinarian Still Be Involved?

Your veterinary ophthalmologist will work together with your veterinarian as part of your pet's total veterinary health care team. Your general practitioner veterinarian will still oversee all aspects of your pet's care, but with the added, specialized input of a veterinary ophthalmologist. For example, if a veterinary ophthalmologist ultimately diagnoses diabetes in your pet as a result of an eye examination for cataracts, that information will be relayed back to your general practitioner veterinarian, who will treat your pet's diabetes. The additional input of the veterinary ophthalmologist will be called upon as needed as your veterinarian manages your pet's illness.

Did You Know?

  • Do you know why your pet's eyes seem to glow when caught in the light at night? It's because of a specialized structure called a tapetum. Most animals that are active at night have this special, additional layer underneath their retina. This reflective structure acts like a mirror, and reflects light back through your pet's retina to enhance night vision.
  • Do dogs see only in black and white? While we can't ask them, most veterinary ophthalmologists now believe that dogs see colors similarly to how a color blind human would perceive them: Not only in black and white, but with a limited scale of colors.

If you have questions or concerns about your pet's eye health, please feel free to call our Ophthalmology Department at any time for information or to arrange a consultation. We're here to help you and your pet!

VCA South Shore (Weymouth) Animal Hospital

595 Columbian Street

South Weymouth, MA 02190

Main: 781-337-6622

Fax: 781-337-0069

Hospital Hours:

    Mon-Sun: Open 24 hours

Appointments Seen:

Monday - Friday 7am-9pm
Saturday 9am-5pm
Sunday 9am-4pm
Emergency Services Open 24/7

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