Who are we?
Veterinary Hospital Oculus is the first veterinary hospital in Serbia specialized in animal eye diseases, as well as the first specialized emergency and critical care veterinary service.
Veterinary Ophthalmology Branch
Veterinary Hospital Oculus is the first practice in Serbia specialized in animal eye diseases. Our team consists of experts who work in this field in the USA and the Russian Federation, and now we offer the same services to veterinarians and pet owners in Serbia and surrounding countries. This includes the use of state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment and methods in the treatment of animal eye diseases such as surgical treatment of cataract and glaucoma, ultrasound examination of the eye, radiographic examination of the orbit, etc. In addition to these services, we also offer advice in the diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of ophthalmic diseases to the veterinarians who practice general medicine. The founder of the hospital, Dr. Vet. Med. Siniša Grozdanić is a certified specialist of American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO), as well as the owner of a private veterinary ophthalmology hospital in the USA, and with this move, he wanted to provide this type of service to all pets and their owners, as well as veterinarians in Serbia and the region.
Dr. Vet. Med. Sergei Alexandrovich Luzhetsky is another veterinary ophthalmology specialist who works with us. He obtained a degree in veterinary medicine at the School of Veterinary Medicine in St. Petersburg in the Russian Federation. Dr. Luzhetsky then gained many years of experience in the field of veterinary ophthalmology at Dr. Sotnikov’s Clinic, one of the best veterinary hospitals in Russia. The cooperation between Dr. Grozdanić and Dr. Luzhetsky represents a unique combination of knowledge of two veterinary schools as well as the experience of two top experts in the field of veterinary ophthalmology.
In addition to ophthalmology services, the hospital also provides eye histopathology services under the guidance of Dr. Vet. med. Tatjana Lazić, who is a certified specialist of the American College of Veterinary Pathology with a special interest in eye pathology.
The ophthalmology service is open during the day, every day except Sunday and Monday from 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
Veterinary Emergency Critical Care Branch
(Veterinarians on duty, emergency veterinarians)
An on-call veterinarian is a term that you have all heard of. The on-call veterinarian is a veterinarian who comes to the clinic on your phone call.
Our service is something completely different. We have a team of veterinarians who are in the hospital when your chosen veterinarian is not working, every night from 8 PM to 8 AM, and on Sundays and holidays 24 hours a day.
Why is it important?
Because you don’t have to waste time on phone calls and explanations.
Because it is not the same when there is one veterinarian or a team of trained veterinarians taking care of an urgent patient.
We are waiting for you with a secured parking space, a wheelchair for receiving patients who cannot walk, equipment for resuscitation, always ready supply of oxygen, complete diagnostic equipment, state-of-the-art surgical room, etc.
Because we know that every minute makes a difference between life and death.
Our basic mission is to provide your pet with top-notch prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of eye diseases at the same level as in the USA and the Russian Federation.
Another, no less important mission is to support and assist general veterinarians in better recognizing, treating, and monitoring animal eye diseases. We are always available to veterinarians, ready to share experiences, knowledge, and advice.
We also provide support and assistance to veterinarians with our emergency service. We will medically take care of the patients all night, stabilize them, after which they will be returned to the chosen veterinarian.
What is the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmology and how do you become a certified specialist of this college?
The American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO) is a veterinary organization that is founded in 1970 in the United States, in order to establish standards of training quality, as well as the level of knowledge necessary for every veterinarian who wants to practice this discipline.
In order for a person to become a specialist of this college, it is necessary to graduate from the School of Veterinary Medicine, and for most foreigners, that means licensing of the diploma according to the standards of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). After completing the studies, it is necessary to work as a general veterinarian for at least 12 months, and most veterinarians work an additional 12 months or longer in practices specializing in veterinary ophthalmology. After this step, the veterinarian is qualified to apply for a residency training program. The program lasts for 3 years, during which time veterinarians are trained by at least two certified specialists in veterinary ophthalmology. The program is demanding and involves almost daily work with patients with eye diseases. In order to successfully complete the specialist program, it is necessary for the veterinarian to examine 2500 ophthalmological patients of different animal species, perform at least 400 complicated eye surgeries, participate in a scientific project, publish at least one paper in a prestigious journal, and present papers at conferences. After completing the training, the veterinarian qualifies to take the exam in veterinary ophthalmology, which consists of 3 parts and lasts 3 days.
After successfully passing the exam, the veterinarian is granted the title of certified specialist of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmology (Diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmology – DACVO). This is a prestigious title, primarily because of the level of acquired knowledge in this field, but also because the diploma is recognized in addition to the United States, in Canada, Western European countries, and Australia. For now, there are about 350 graduates of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists in the world, 300 of whom are actively engaged in this field.
For those who want to learn more about the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists, please visit the website: www.acvo.org