Bachelors of Science in Biology, Central Washington University, 2004
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, 2009
Masters of Science in Veterinary Clinical Medicine, University of Illinois, 2015
Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists, 2015
Meet Dr. Collins
Dr. Collins was born and raised in Olympia, Washington. He was lucky to learn the value of a hard days work from his father while helping him fall timber. He was first introduced to veterinary medicine while in his teens where he worked for a busy small animal practice, Steamboat Animal Hospital. Dr. Collins quickly realized that this was the career path for him. He attended Central Washington University where he received a bachelors degree in biology with a focus in microbiology. He then attended Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine which is located on the island of St. Kitts. Ross students attend their clinical year with an affiliated school in the states and Dr. Collins attended Purdue University. During this time, he realized that ophthalmology was the specialty for him and was encouraged by the ophthalmology residents and faculty at Purdue.
After finishing veterinary school, Dr. Collins worked at Southern Arizona Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center as one of their ER doctors prior to his rotating small animal medicine and surgery internship at the University of Illinois. After completing his rotating internship, he completed an ophthalmology specific internship at the Animal Eye Clinic in Norwalk Connecticut. Following this he completed an additional ophthalmology internship at the University of Illinois. Dr. Collins then stayed on at the University of Illinois to complete a 3 year residency and masters degree. Ophthalmology residents take their board exam at the end of their residency and he was successful in passing all sections on his first attempt.
Throughout his time in veterinary school and speciality training, he had always hoped to return to the west coast and got that chance by joining the team at California Veterinary Specialists where he sees all of his small animal patients. Dr. Collins grew up with horses and enjoyed that aspect of veterinary ophthalmology during his residency training. Animal Eye Consultant of San Diego was established primarily to allow him to continue practicing equine ophthalmology. He can also examine ruminants (both small and large) as well as camelids and zoo animals.
In his free time, he enjoys surfing and playing golf in the beautiful southern california weather. He has 1 dog Cooper the chocolate labrador that was born with only 1 functional eye. He also enjoys taking care of his tropical fish tank.
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