Dr. Thomas Sullivan, DVM, DACVO
Veterinary Ophthalmologist

Dr. Sullivan grew up in New Haven, Connecticut, working in nursing homes and hospitals (for people, that is) through high school and into college. He had wanted to be a veterinarian since the age of five, but found work in the human health care arena. He attended Tufts University and Boston University for undergraduate work, nearly ending up in medical school. After submitting applications, he decided instead to pursue his dream of becoming a veterinarian. Leaving school, he found work as a veterinary radiology technician at Angell Memorial Hospital in Boston where he learned patience (it can be difficult to convince an animal to lie quietly in perfect position while you leave the room to snap an X-ray!). He moved on to stints at Angell as a cardiology and neurology technician, then worked at a large general practice in Connecticut as a general technician. He moon-lighted milking cows in order to gain large animal experience before applying to veterinary school. He attended Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, where he developed a love of ophthalmology. Following graduation, he followed with a 1 year rotating internship as a clinician at Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine, then undertook specialty training in ophthalmology at North Carolina State College of Veterinary Medicine. N.C. State was a recognized world leader in veterinary ophthalmology- the training he received not only solidified his passion for ophthalmology, but also instilled a drive for innovation and lifelong learning within the field. He joined the Animal Eye Clinic in 1995, and has been owner since 2000. Although he loves all things ophthalmic, special interests within the field include the surgical treatment of retinal detachment, management of uveitis in large and small animals, and treatment of zoo, aquarium, and wildlife species.