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What is a Board Certified Veterinary Ophthalmologist?

The American College of Veterinary Ophthalmology (ACVO) is the American Veterinary Medical Association specialty board, which sets the standards for advanced professionalism in veterinary ophthalmology.  This college is an association, not an actual physical location.  After a person graduates from veterinary college (4 years), they usually complete a 1 year residency in ophthalmology at a veterinary teaching hospital (University) under the teachings and guidance of faculty ophthalmologist.  Once the residency is completed, the board certification process begins, first with a credentials package consisting of publications, case reports and resume.  IF the credentials are accepted bye the ACVO exam committee, the applicant is allowed to take the examination.  The exam lasts four days and consists of written, practical and surgical parts.  Finally, after passing all of the above criteria, the veterinarian is considered a Diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (DACVO) or in short, is Board Certified in Veterinary Ophthalmology. 
Kimberly M. Stanz DVM, DACVO
Board Certified in Veterinary Ophthalmology
 Dr. Stanz is a Buffalo native who grew up always wanting to become a veterinarian.  After getting a BA in biology from Canisus College in 1987, she went to Cornell for her DVM degree - graduating as the 1991 class valedictorian.  At Cornell, she discovered her passion for ophthalmology while working for the ophthalmolgists during the summer clinics in 1990.  After a 1 year internship at Auburn University, she finished a 3 year residency in veterinary ophthalmology in 1995 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  With passing the board certification examination that same year, she moved back to Buffalo to be the first to offer specialty eye care to the animals of Western New York. After working 5 years at a multi-specialty practice, she started the first clinic solely dedicated to eye care for animals, Animal Eye Care of Western New York


Dr. Stanz lives in Orchard Park with her husband Bob and a gang of rescued one-eyed or blind cats that keep her busy when not at the office!  There is a another group of eye-handicapped cats at her office too!  Dr. Stanz also has a passion for gourmet cooking, wine and fashion. 

Dr. Melanie Mineo DVM, DACVO
Board Certified in Veterinary Ophthalmology
Dr. Mineo is a native of Western New York.  She attended D'Youville College and graduated in 1991 with a BS in Biology. She then attended Purdue University, receiving her DVM degree in 1996.  
After graduation she accepted a small animal internship in Newark, Delaware and after completion remained on staff there practicing both general and emergency medicine while continuing to pursue additional training in ophthalmology.  
In 2001 she moved to Florida to accept a veterinary ophthalmology internship position, which culminated in the completion of an ACVO approved ophthalmology residency in 2005.  Her residency program involved studies in not only a private clinical setting,  but also included rotations at North Carolina State University, University of Georgia, University of Florida and Merck Laboratories.  She continued to work as an associate at the Animal Eye Clinic in Clearwater, Florida until 2008.  
Later that year, she completed the ACVO board certification process and returned to New York to join Upstate Veterinary Specialties in Albany where she started their ophthalmology department. and ocular referral service.  
In 2011 she came back home to Buffalo to join Dr. Stanz and the staff at Animal Eye Care of Western New York.    


Renea Reed, LVT

Renea is a Buffalo native who graduated from Medaille College with an Associates in Applied Science in 1995.  She sat for and passed her New York State licensing exam for Veterinary Technology that same year.   After leaving the state for two years she returned and was lucky enough to get hired at the same specialty practice where Dr. Stanz was established.  Renea enjoys the concentration in ophthalmology and the challenges that it brings. 


While working with Dr. Stanz she has had the opportunity to help many animals, including 4 pugs that she has fostered and placed in loving homes (two of which she kept "Winston" pictured above and Theodore from S.N.O.R.T. Rescue).  She also has a playful yellow lab named "Gunner"!


Alex Sweet, LVT

Alex graduated from Medaille College with an Associates in Applied Science degree in 1998.

Some of her past experiences include working closely with an Avian and Exotics specialist, an orthopedic surgeon as well as several wonderful  general practitioners of veterinary medicine.

She joined the staff of Animal Eye Care in 2007, finding fulfillment in the cases and patients opthalmology provides.

Alex lives with one dog named Evelyn and four cats: Benjamin, Eddie, Machrie and Audrey.

When not vacuuming up fur, you can find her playing ice hockey, planting trees and flowers, taking a long walk or being generally inquisitive.

Jessica Klukowski (J.K.)

Ever since she was 3 years old Jessica knew that she wanted to work with animals.  While attending SUNY Delhi for Veterinary Sciences, she had the opportunity to do an internship at Animal Eye Care.  After graduating college, she was offered a position at Animal Eye Care and that is where her future begins...
At home, she has 5 cats and 3 dogs (pit bull mixes). She loves working with animals and wouldn't trade that for the world!

Jessica Glanowski , LVT

Jessica (A.K.A Rabbit) graduated from Medaille College with an Associates in Applied Science in 1996.  She has had the pleasure to work with Dr. Stanz since that time and has followed her throughout the creation of Animal Eye Care.  
She lives with her husband Paul, two children Alex and Amanda, 6 cats, 1 dog and a hamster. 
Her interests include spending time with her family, camping, reading and collecting rabbit trinkets!

Lauren Neubauer, LVT 

Lauren graduated from Medaille College with an Associates in Veterinary Technology and Bachelors in Biology in 2009.   After working for a year at a small animal practice, she decided to take some time off from the veterinary world to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ghana.  After serving two years in the Peace Corps she has returned home and has joined the staff of Animal Eye Care.

At home, Lauren has  4 cats, Finn, Ziggy, Pepper and Sparrow.  She enjoys spending time with her friends and family, volunteering and traveling

Tracy Zarbo, LVT

Tracy grew up in Kenmore and graduated from SUNY Delhi in 1981 with an Associated degree in Veterinary Technology.  After a long career in general practice, she joined the staff of Animal Eye Care in June 2014.  She is grateful for the opportunitiy to learn all she can in the specialty of ophthalmology. 

At home she enjoys hiking, gardening or just spending time outdoors.  She has always had a love of horses and animals in general.  At home she has three cats, "Billie", "Dot" (aka. "P") and she is pictured with her newest addition "LuLu".   "LuLu" was a sherter cat who had successful eye surgery at out practice and demanded to go home with Tracy!

Bryan Richardson, LVT 

Bryan graduated from Medaille College in 1999 with an associates degree in Veterinary Technology.  During his career he has had the opportunity to work in  several specialties including Dentistry, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, as well as several general practices.  He took some time away from veterinary medicine to be a Peace Corps volunteer working in agriculture and coffee production in Panama.  Bryan Returned to specialty medicine when he joined Animal Eye Care in April 2015. 

Bryan has three cats, "Porter" "Pricilla" and "Marley", a Chihuahua named "Darwin", and a one eyed Border Collie named "Willow".  Bryan enjoys kayaking and gardening in his spare time.