Pet Eye Care Specialist:
Board-Certified Veterinary Ophthalmologist Thomas Chen

“An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.” — Martin Buber


Pet Eye Care

General practice veterinarians manage many eye problems every day. However, when an eye problem does not respond as expected or is complicated in nature, it makes sense to refer your pet to a board-certified veterinary ophthalmologist for further evaluation, advanced diagnostic tests, or just for a second opinion. Veterinary ophthalmologists specialize in the treatment of medical and surgical diseases of the eye, such as cataracts, glaucoma, and retinal diseases. They also provide screening services to detect eye abnormalities in breeding animals, their offspring, and in newly purchased pets.


Village Veterinary Medical Center is proud to offer the services of Dr. Thomas Chen, a board-certified veterinary ophthalmologist.

Learn more about Dr. Chen and what it takes to become a veterinary ophthalmologist

Who Is a Veterinary Ophthalmologist?

Board-certified veterinary ophthalmologists have advanced training after veterinary college including one to two years of internship and two to three years of residency. Residency training focuses on veterinary ophthalmology and covers all species of animals. By successfully completing residency and passing a thorough exam, the veterinarian becomes a Diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (DACVO), board certified in veterinary ophthalmology. Only board-certified individuals can claim that they are specialists in their field.

Pet Eye Care Services

Dr. Chen and our team provide high quality veterinary ophthalmology services for dogs and cats with extraordinary care, education, and understanding to our clients, their pets, and our referring veterinarians.

Dr. Chen evaluates and cares for many ocular conditions, including corneal and eyelid problems, blindness, glaucoma, cataracts, dry eye, inflammation of the interior of the eye, and retinal diseases. His services include slit lamp biomicroscopy, indirect funduscopy, tonometry, gonioscopy, puppy eye exams, Canine Eye Registry Foundation (CERF) exams, electroretinography, ocular ultrasonography, cryotherapy, ophthalmic surgery, and more.

Our facility is equipped with the most advanced tools in pet eye care, including an operating microscope, cryo-surgical unit, carbon dioxide laser, electroretinography, digital radiography, and ultrasonography.

Appointments with Dr. Thomas Chen

Most of Dr. Chen’s appointments are made by referral from local and regional veterinarians. Appointments are available for second opinions, puppy litter eye exams (done as early as six weeks), and CERF exams, as well as pre-breeding and post-purchase examinations.

His regular hours are Mondays, Tuesdays, and one Saturday per month. If you wish to schedule an appointment with Dr. Chen and your pet is presently under the care of your regular veterinarian, please consult with your veterinarian first to forward the appropriate medical records.

For all other patient appointments, you may call to schedule at your convenience. We ask that ophthalmology clients please use their regular veterinarian for routine health care needs and products.


Symptoms of Eye Problems in Pets

The following is a list of symptoms to watch for regarding your pet’s ocular health:

  • Squinting or holding eye(s) shut, which indicate pain
  • Scratching or rubbing at eye(s)
  • Any abnormal eye discharge
  • Swelling of the eye(s) or eyelid(s)
  • A change in color, especially cloudiness or redness
  • Any change in vision

Contact us to if your pet is exhibiting these or other symptoms of an eye problem.




“The entire staff truly cares about the health and quality of life of their client’s pets... and the awareness of the feelings of the pet owner. In this day of awful or non-existent “customer service,” this Clinic proves daily that care and compassion can come naturally. One could not ask for more... ”

—Judy, Vonore, TN

“From the greeting you receive opening the double doors into the bright airy reception, to the detailed, kind compassionate care given to every animal and their humans, you will feel as if you have come home to your pet’s family.”

—Linda Willard

“The caliber of the medical staff is exceptional. Even going beyond the education and the experience of the staff is their philosophy of superior patient care. The staff treats our pets as they would their own.”

—Gerry Wright

“I have complete confidence in the judgment of the veterinarians. They have gotten to know me and my feelings are considered when treatment options are presented with the final decision being mine.”

—Nancy Tennison