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Cindy Mar

Cindy Mar
Veterinary Specialist
Availability: Monday - Thursday
Cindy Mar

At a Glance

Board Certified:


Undergrad school: University California Irvine
Veterinary school: Colorado State University Internship: Cornell University Hospital for Animals
Residency: Eye Care for Animals, Specialty Hospital

Why did you choose to become a specialty doctor in Ophthalmology?
Ophthalmology is a great specialty for a person who wants to help animals who hates blood and loves to draw.

Years of education/training to be a specialist in Ophthalmology.
8 years in college, 1-year internship and 3 years in a residency. So a total of 12 years dedicated to provide the best possible care for patient’s eyes.

Why do you choose to practice at VCA West Coast?
The people and the facility offer me the most potential to provide the best care for my patients and clients.

Part of VCA West Coast’s mission is to help advance the profession of veterinarian medicine, how do you contribute?
I am particularly interested in treating patients through the integration of medical, surgical, nutritional and supportive therapies. By working along with other specialists, I am dedicated to improving the quality of pets’ lives through the maintenance of their ocular health.

VCA West Coast has 13 core values, which one relates best to you? (Teamwork, Integrity, Compassion, Respect, Accountability, Passion, Initiative, Kindness, Gratitude, Efficiency, Teaching, Empathy, Reliability)
I hope to be related to all of them!

What do you enjoy doing outside of practicing medicine?
Spending time with family, friends, pets, TV and food!

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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. Some of the diseases include but are not limited to cataracts, glaucoma, uveitis, and corneal ulcers.

What Is A Veterinary Ophthalmologist?
A veterinary ophthalmologist is a board-certified specialist in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions involving the eyes and associated structures. A veterinary ophthalmologist is someone who completed four years of veterinary school, at least one year of an internship, a three year residency in ophthalmology, and has passed examinations administered by the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists. A veterinary ophthalmologist will combine medical and surgical treatments in order to most effectively treat your pet's condition.

Why Does My Pet Need A Veterinary Ophthalmologist?
While your general practice 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. In some cases, your veterinarian may be able to simply consult with a specialist about your pet's care. In other cases, it may be necessary to actually refer you and your pet for more advanced diagnostics and treatment. Many eye diseases are time sensitive so prompt consultation or referral is often in you animal’s best interest.

Will My General Practice Veterinarian Still Be Involved?
Your veterinary ophthalmologist will work together with your general practice veterinarian as part of your pet's total veterinary health care team. Your general practice veterinarian will still oversee all aspects of your pet's care, but with the added, specialized input of a veterinary ophthalmologist. The additional input of the veterinary ophthalmologist will be called upon as needed as your veterinarian manages your pet's illness

VCA West Coast Specialty and Emergency Animal Hospital

18300 Euclid Street

Fountain Valley, Orange County, CA 92708

Main: 714-241-9001

Fax: 714-241-9020

Hospital Hours:

    Mon-Sun: Open 24 hours

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