Dr. Melanie Church – Ophthalmology

About Melanie Landry Church, BS, DVM, DACVO


Dr. Church earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from North Carolina State University in 2008, where she was President of her veterinary class all four years and active in leadership roles in multiple clubs and organizations. She completed her residency in Comparative Veterinary Ophthalmology in Phoenix, Arizona in 2012 and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists in 2013. She has practiced veterinary ophthalmology in Arizona, Rhode Island, Florida and is currently working in Virginia Beach, VA.

Dr. Church is the author of numerous scientific articles and a book chapter in the fields of zoological medicine and veterinary ophthalmology. She has also been published on Veterinary Information Network (VIN), providing information on various ocular diseases to the veterinary community. Dr. Church has always loved animals. Before attending veterinary school, she worked in a small animal clinic and volunteered at The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher, as well as the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center. Still today, she enjoys volunteering her time and services to help a wide variety of species at aquariums and zoos, both locally and internationally. Dr. Church loves spending time away from work with her husband, young son and their furbabies, a French Bulldog and two Devon Rex cats.

She enjoys providing practical and clinically-based continuing education seminars geared toward primary veterinarians. And she is an experienced educational mentor who trains veterinary ophthalmology interns and residents.

Presentation Synopsis

1. Enhancing your eye exam skills (canine/feline/exotics)- 60 min
2. Ocular emergencies (canine/feline)- 60 min
3. Corneal and tear film diseases (canine/feline)- 60 min
4. Third eyelid and eyelid diseases (canine/feline)- 60-75 min
5. Cataracts and their short and long-term sequelae (canine)- 60 min
6. Fundic evaluation and retinal diseases (canine/feline)- 60-75 min
7. Exotic animal ophthalmology topics- 60-75 min