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Cincinnati Veterinary Medical Association hosts event at UC Blue Ash on 12/2/18

The amazing service dogs that protect us every day will receive free health check-ups from some of the top veterinarians and animal health specialists in the Tristate. The Cincinnati Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) is again teaming with UC Blue Ash College to host the 25th Annual Canine Corps Health Clinic.


This is Gus, the Cincinnati Police Dog that is responsible for sniffing out explosives.

The event will be held on Sunday, December 2, 2018, from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in the Veterinary Technology building on the UC Blue Ash College campus (9555 Plainfield Road in Blue Ash).

More than 50 working canines from law enforcement and search and rescue agencies throughout the area will be treated at the clinic. The preventative care includes a series of specialty exams focused on the needs of these particular working dogs. Local specialists in orthopedics, hearing, vision, dentistry, and skin health will thoroughly evaluate the dogs. The canines will also receive a cardiac ultrasound and an abdominal ultrasound as screening tests. IDEXX Laboratories is donating all of the lab services for the event. The total value for all these services and examinations approaches $1,500 per dog.

“Performing preventative medicine on these highly specialized and trained canines is essential,” said Susanna Hinkle Schwartz, DVM, Diplomate American College of Veterinary Surgeons and CVMA board member. “These exams can pinpoint significant health problems early so they can then be treated proactively. This puts the dogs and their handlers ahead of the game and keeps them healthy for their difficult work.”

Students from the University of Cincinnati FETCHLAB and the Veterinary Technology program at UC Blue Ash will again volunteer to help with the program. “This is a wonderful opportunity for our veterinary technician students to interact with the dogs and their handlers, learn about the amazing work they do, and see how important preventative health care is to their success,” said Stacey Benton, Assistant Professor, UC Blue Ash.

The Canine Corps event was created by CVMA in 1993 to provide health screens and preventative care for the canines that protect and serve communities.

The Cincinnati Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) represents over 200 veterinarians in the Cincinnati area. The CVMA’s mission is to serve as a forum and provide education to its members, as well as the public it serves, and to promote animal health. For more information, visit www.cincyvma.com.

About Lori Rinehart

Lori Rinehart is the Communications Intern at UC Blue Ash for the 2018-19 academic year. Lori studies Journalism and Spanish at the University of Cincinnati Uptown campus.