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What is Board Certified 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 must attain a minimum of 12 months full-time clinical practice as a veterinarian, and complete a 3-year or longer residency training program in veterinary ophthalmology under the supervision of at least one DACVO.  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 by 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 ophthalmology department 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 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 (Three of which she kept "Winston" pictured above and "Theodore" (AKA PP Pants)  and  "Esther" from S.N.O.R.T. Rescue).  She also has a playful English 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!
Christine Zahner, LVT
Chris is a WNY native who graduated from Medaille College with an Associates in Applied Science in 1995.  After a long career as a Licensed Veterinary Technician in general practice, she joined the staff of Animal Eye Care in September of 2016.

Over the years Chris has fostered/rescued many animals.  She shares her home and her heart with "Mason",  a dog she rescued from the city shelter. So she lovingly calls him her "pound puppy". 

Kristy Thompson, LVT 
Kristy is a Buffalo native who graduated from the Veterinary Technology program at Medaille College in 2005.  Ever since she was a little girl, she knew she wanted to be a Veterinary Technician and help animals.  Kristy loves to work with all different types of critters; some with fur, others with feathers or scales!  Her clan at home consists of three cats, an iguana, a cockatiel, chickens, ducks and two giant breed rabbits.  In her free time, Kristy enjoys baking, bowling, horseback riding and spending time with her family.