Simon Petersen-Jones, DVet Med, PhD, DECVO
Donald R. Myers and William E. Dunlap Endowed Chair in Canine Health

Dr. Petersen-Jones earned his vet degree at the Royal Veterinary College, University of London, UK in 1983. After 18 months in general practice, he returned to the Royal Veterinary College to complete a four-year residency in ophthalmology. He was head of the Ophthalmology Service at University of Edinburgh, Scotland, from 1988 to 1994. He was awarded a PhD for his research into hereditary retinal diseases in dogs and been on the faculty at MSU since 1998.

András Komáromy, DrMedVet, PhD, DACVO, DECVO, FARVO

Dr. András M. Komáromy joined the College as Associate Professor in January, 2012. The Komáromy lab works to determine the molecular causes of inherited retinal diseases in dogs and develop treatment approaches to ameliorate sight degeneration.

He is a member of the ACVO Genetics Committee and served as chair from 2004 to 2009. He has published more than 50 articles and book chapters and has been an invited speaker at national and international conferences.

Chris Pirie, DVM, DACVO
Associate Professor

Dr. Chris Pirie joined the College as an associate professor in April 2017. Born and raised in Toronto, Dr. Pirie was drawn to veterinary ophthalmology for several reasons: a desire to help those who cannot help themselves and a fascination with the uniqueness and complexity of the eye. After earning his veterinary degree from the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph, he undertook an ocular pathology fellowship at the University of Wisconsin before his residency in ophthalmology at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University.

Dr. Pirie spent seven years as a Cummings School faculty member and was responsible for managing the ophthalmology service, as well as teaching veterinary students, interns, and residents. During this time period, he developed interests in diagnostic ophthalmic imaging techniques and optics. Additionally, Dr. Pirie is responsible for designing and developing an inexpensive dSLR camera adaptor for conducting ophthalmic imaging. He has published more than 30 articles and currently serves on the ACVO credentialing committee.



Shaile Gehrke, DVM

Dr. Gehrke is an ophthalmology resident for the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences.

Melaney Mayes
Ophthalmology Resident


Veterinary Technicians

Donna Averill, LVT
Veterinary Technician

Donna Averill is a licensed veterinary technician with experience in the specialty field of veterinary ophthalmology since 1992. In 2001, she received the Veterinary Technician of the Year Award from the College of Veterinary Medicine. In 2003 and 2005, she was given the Clinical Appreciation Award by the Veterinary Technology Program. She lectures as part of the veterinary technology ophthalmology curriculum. She is a knowledgeable individual with great teaching skills, and both our clients and students benefit from her expertise