Jacqueline Pearce

DVM, DACVO
Dr. Pearce
Ophthalmology
Ophthalmology
Dr. Pearce

Dr. Jacqueline Pearce received her DVM in 2003 from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. She did a 1 year rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Purdue University from 2003-2004. She completed a residency in comparative ophthalmology and a Master of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Missouri from 2004-2007. Dr. Pearce became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists in 2007. She was an Assistant Teaching Professor at the University of Missouri from 2007-2017 where her research and clinical focuses were infectious ocular disease, ocular imaging, ophthalmic surgery and the treatment of inherited retinal diseases and ocular tumors. She was a part-time staff Ophthalmologist at Animal Eye Consultants in the Chicagoland area from 2012-2017. She has worked with Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo, The St. Louis Zoo and The Kansas City Zoo to assist with eye disease management in many exotic species.

In the summer of 2017 she moved back to her hometown of Vancouver, Canada to start the Ophthalmology Service at VCA Vancouver Animal Emergency and Referral Center. Dr. Pearce enjoys all aspects of veterinary ophthalmic surgery and medicine.

Ophthalmology

Veterinary Ophthalmology services treat complicated or difficult problem such as cataracts, corneal ulcers, Entropion, Glaucoma, prolapsed gland of the nictitans (cherry eye) and Uveitis.

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.

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 need 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.

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.

Vancouver Animal Emergency & Referral Centre

2303 Alberta Street

Vancouver, British Columbia V5Y 4A7

Main: 604-879-3737

Fax: 604-733-6340

Hospital Hours:

    Mon-Sun: Open 24 hours

Referral Services:

By appointment only

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