The ophthalmology service includes two board-certified
ophthalmologists who provide advanced care to animals of both the
Small Animal and Large Animal hospitals.
In keeping with our mission statement: to alleviate ocular
discomfort and improve vision in companion animals by implementing
new and innovative strategies in medical and surgical
ophthalmology, the ophthalmology team will offer a wide array
services for their patients.
- Cataract surgery
- Radiation therapy for tumors on and around the eye
- Corneal reconstruction
- Medical and surgical therapies for dry eye and eyelid
- Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) canine eye
- Emergency services
Lucien Vallone, DVM, DACVO
Clinical Assistant Professor
Dr. Lucien Vallone received his DVM from Mississippi State
University and completed a small animal internship at Cornell
University. He finished his residency in comparative ophthalmology
at Cornell University and became a Diplomate of the American
College of Veterinary Ophthalmologist. Dr. Vallone’s special
interests include advanced imaging of the cornea and ocular surface
Erin Scott, VMD, DACVO
Clinical Assistant Professor
Dr. Erin Scott received her VMD from the University of
Pennsylvania. She completed an internship in companion animal
medicine and surgery at Louisiana State University, as well as a
fellowship in comparative ocular pathology at the University of
Wisconsin. Dr. Scott finished her residency in comparative
ophthalmology at the University of Wisconsin and also became a
Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists.
Her special interests include glaucoma and ocular pathology.
Jed Darden, DVM
Veterinary Resident Instructor
Dr. Jed Darden received his DVM from the University of Georgia.
He completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery,
and comparative ophthalmology at Texas A&M University. His
special interests include ocular surface diseases and equine
Mary Walsh, DVM
Dr. Mary Walsh received her DVM from North Carolina State
University. She completed an internship in companion animal
medicine and surgery at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital before joining
the ophthalmology team. She is training towards becoming a
veterinary comparative ophthalmologist.
Heather Finke, LVT
Heather Finke has received her Associate Degree in Animal
Science, her California RVT license, and her Texas LVT. She spent
time at the UC Davis Satellite clinic in San Diego before joining
the staff at Texas A&M University. Her special interests
include critical care nursing, and patient care and comfort.
Brittany Ridenhour, LVT
Brittany Ridenhour received her Associate's Degree in Applied
Science from the Vet Tech Institute of Houston. She has previous
experience working in small animal neurology. Her special interests
include assisting with large animal exams, large and small animal
surgeries, and assisting in the education of veterinary