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About us
Mission statement
We are committed to providing the highest quality veterinary ophthalmic care to our patients in a compassionate environment, while keeping our clients and referring veterinarians well informed during the treatment process.

Southern Veterinary Eye Care is an independent and locally owned referral practice. We believe in personal relationships with our clients and consider our patients part of the family. We want to make your referral experience calming and as beneficial as possible, to you and your loved one. Clear communication with you as the client and your referring veterinarian is the key to achieving this.
This is a team effort and will ultimately allow for your pet to get the treatment that is best for their particular situation. Our team at SVEC is committed 110% to achieving this goal and doing so in a caring environment.
Meet the Doctor:
Dr. Van Brunt grew up in his hometown of Mandeville, Louisiana and graduated from Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine. Following internship, he completed an ACVO approved residency program at the Animal Ophthalmology Clinic in Dallas, Texas. After completion of the third year of residency, he took the ACVO board certification exam and was awarded diplomate status by the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists.
What is a Board Certified Veterinary Ophthalmologists?
To become a board certified veterinary ophthalmologist, a candidate must acquire a doctorate of veterinary medicine and then complete a 3 year approved residency program in ophthalmology which is usually preceded by at least a 1 year internship at a specialty referral hospital. Once residency is completed, the candidate must take and pass all aspects of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists Certifying Examination. After this has been accomplished the candidate is voted into the ACVO and acquires Diplomate status. This process is very similar to what our counterparts in human medicine complete before becoming a specialist.
We are all team players at SVEC and cannot achieve our mission statement without working together.
We value honesty, compassion, integrity, and respect in every aspect of our relationship with you as our client. Each day we strive to uphold these values and translate them into the best possible experience and care for you and your loved one.
Third Eyelid Gland prolapse
(Cherry Eye)
Nictitans gland prolapse, or “cherry eye”, takes place when the attachment of the gland to the orbital rim tears and the gland rotates up over the eye between the cornea and the third eyelid.
This condition is common in Cocker Spaniels and brachycephalic breeds (i.e. Bulldogs, Pugs, Boston Terriers, etc.).

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Southern Veterinary Eye Care
21489 Koop Dr. Suite 6 - Mandeville, LA 70471
For Scheduling: Office: 985-400-5333 - Fax: 985-746-9393
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