Eye Clinic for Animals is a specialist ophthalmology practice providing the highest professional level of care for our patients. Established in 1982,ECA has 3 highly trained and experienced Veterinary Ophthalmology Partners and one Registrar, with over 80 years of collective experience in veterinary ophthalmology.

Furthermore, all the partners are American Board certified ophthalmologists – the recognised Gold Standard of qualification throughout the world.


Jeffrey S Smith

Jeff graduated from Sydney University in 1970 and after 3 years in general practice completed a residency in Veterinary and Comparative Ophthalmology at Cornell University and was granted Diplomate status of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists in 1977. Returning to Australia in 1978 Jeff gained Membership of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in Canine Medicine and in 1983 become a Fellow of the ACVSc in Veterinary Ophthalmology.

Since that time Jeff has been responsible for setting up the oldest continually operating veterinary ophthalmology practice (Eye Clinic for Animals) in Australia. He has served as Vice President and President of the Australian Veterinary Association(NSW division) and is on the Editorial Board of The Veterinarian and of the Australian Veterinary Journal.

Jeff currently provides lectures and tutorials for students at Sydney University in ophthalmic medicine, surgery and pathology as well as providing specialist ophthalmology services to small, large and exotic animals in Sydney and regional areas of NSW.


Smith, JS., Bistner, S., Riis, R. Infiltrative corneal lesions resembling fibrous histiocytoma: clinical and pathological findings in six dogs and one cat. J Am Vet Med Assoc. 1976; 169: 722 – 766.

Smith, J.S., deLahunta, A., Riis, R.C. Reticulosis of the visual system in a dog. J Small Anim Prac. 1977: 18:643.

Barnes, JA., Smith JS. Bilateral phacofragmentation in a New Zealand fur seal. J. Wildlife Med. 2004: 35, 1: 110-112.

Smith, JS. Diseases of the Orbit. In Kirk’s Current Veterinary Therapy VI 624 – 628, 1978.

Smith, JS. Blindness – An overview. Hungerford’s Diseases of Livestock 1692 -1698, 1990.

Smith, JS, Harper,PAW. Ophthalmologic manifestations of ceroid lipofuscinosis in Devon Cattle. Trans Eighteenth Annual Scientific Program American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists. 44 – 49, 1987.

Smith, JS. Optic neuropathies. Small Animal Secrets. Ed. Ronald Riis, 2001.

Center, SA, Smith, JS. Ocular lesions in a dog with serum hyperviscosity secondary to an IgA myeloma. J. Am. Vet Med Assoc. 181: 811.1982.

Smith, JS. Clinical Veterinary Advisor. Birds and Exotic Pets. Ed. Elsevier Saunders, St Louis . Missouri, 2013.


Cameron J G Whittaker

Cameron graduated from Sydney University in 1989. After spending time in mixed animal practice he completed an internship at Sydney University in 1992 and the following year commenced a residency in Veterinary Ophthalmology at the University of Florida. He was granted Diplomate status of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists in 1996. He then worked at the Ohio State University as a visiting Assistant Professor before returning to Australia in 1997 to join Eye Clinic for Animals and providing specialist ophthalmology services to both small and large animals in Sydney and regional areas of NSW.

Cameron also has served the NSW Division of the AVA and currently provides medicine and surgery lectures and practical sessions to Sydney University students. He voluntarily provides services to wildlife at both Sydney and Western Plains Zoos.

Cameron has a special interest in cataract surgery, glaucoma, corneal medicine and surgery, retinal surgery and exotic animal ophthalmology.


Veterinary Ophthalmology 3rd edition

Manual of Equine Practice 2nd edition

Veterinary Clinics of North America – Ophthalmology edition


Kelly Caruso

Kelly graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1997 after completing a Bachelor of Science in Biology from St Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. She then completed internships in Equine Medicine and Surgery, Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, Ophthalmology and Emergency Medicine and Critical Care. Kelly then completed a residency under the tutelage of Professor Seth Koch – one of the founding members of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists – and was granted Membership of that body in 2007.

Kelly has written numerous papers in international journals and has lectured extensively both in the USA and internationally and won various teaching awards. In 2010 she came to Australia to work in specialist ophthalmology practice.


Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, “What Is Your Diagnosis?: Retrobulbar mass in a dog” Vol 221, No.11, December 1, 2002


“Ocular Blastomycosis: Review of the literature and a case report” Presented in Cambridge, England June 2003 and in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho October 2003

“Canine Ocular Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumours: A report of 3 cases with clinical and histologic features and a review of the literature”. Presented in Washington DC October 2004


Gladys Boo
BSc, BVSc, BVMS (Hons)

Gladys graduated from Murdoch University in 2011 as the valedictorian of her class. She had won various awards during her undergraduate degree. She took a special interest in veterinary ophthalmology during fourth year of vet school. Subsequently, she undertook various ophthalmology externships in Australia and the USA.

Upon graduation, she worked in general practice in Singapore from 2012 – 2013. She completed a postgraduate course in veterinary ophthalmology in 2013. In 2014, she completed an ophthalmology internship at Eye Clinic for Animals and in 2018, completed her ophthalmology residency.

During her residency, Gladys spearheaded and became the global pioneer in Descemet’s stripping endothelial keratoplasty in dogs. Gladys has special interests in corneal transplantation surgery, cataract surgery and exotic animal ophthalmology.


“Descemet’s stripping endothelial keratoplasty (DSEK) in the treatment of canine corneal endothelial dystrophy – a feasibility study in 6 dogs” Presented in Minnesota, USA September 2018.

Boo G, Whittaker CJG, Caruso KA, et al. Early postoperative results of Descemet’s stripping endothelial keratoplasty in six dogs with corneal endothelial dystrophy. Vet Ophthalmol. 2019;00:1–12. https://doi.org/10.1111/vop.12666