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Natasha Mahanes
(678) 638-3681
Natasha.Mahanes@merial.com

Cari Randall
(404) 832-6787
Cari.Randall@edelman.com

Duluth, Ga. – June 26, 2013 ― For the fifth consecutive year, Merial worked with the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO), to sponsor the ACVO/Merial National Service Dog Eye Exam during the month of May. The event featured ACVO board-certified veterinary ophthalmologists offering free ocular exam screenings to all qualified Service Dogs. Over the course of the month of May, this year’s event proved successful in signing up a total of 7,700 dogs.

One of the highlights of this year’s event included a special screening at the Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio to identify and help prevent eye problems in local Service Dogs from the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Defense. Over the course of the week-long event, 52 dogs were examined. “Beyond serving as loyal companions, dogs perform a number of other tasks including bomb detection, search and rescue operations and guiding the visually impaired – thus it is an honor to give back to these Service Dogs as they give so much to us,” said Tony Tortorici, Director of Trade Marketing for Merial. “We are proud this event was able to help these dogs do their jobs by helping them maintain their health.”

Annually, approximately 250 ACVO diplomates donate their services to provide eye examinations to qualified Service dogs across the United States and Canada.

To learn more about ACVO/Merial National Service Dog Eye Exam please visit, http://www.acvoeyeexam.org.

About Merial

Merial is a world-leading, innovation-driven animal health company, providing a comprehensive range of products to enhance the health, well-being and performance of a wide range of animals.
Merial employs approximately 6,000 people and operates in more than 150 countries worldwide. Its 2012 sales were $2.8 billion. For more information, please visit www.merial.com.

About the ACVO/Merial National Service Dog Eye Exam

The ACVO/Merial National Service Dog Eye Exam event is a philanthropic effort generously provided to the public by the board certified diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists who donate their time, staff and services to provide free screening ocular exams to qualified Service Animals. This program is made a reality through the diplomates and the financial support of namesake sponsor, Merial.

Over 15,000 Service Animals have received these free screening exams over the past five years.

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