Dr. Cheryl Cullen Honoured by CVMA

Veterinary Ophthalmologist Awarded for Giving Animals the Gift of SightDr. Cheryl Cullen

Dr. Cheryl Cullen has been honoured by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association for giving animals the gift of sight through her work as a veterinary ophthalmologist.
Board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists, Dr. Cullen was the sole veterinary ophthalmologist in Atlantic Canada from 2000 to 2005. She holds a U.S. patent on a shunt and surgical technique used as a drainage device for the treatment of glaucoma in dogs. This method has now been adopted by human ophthalmologists.
“My cat hit the feline medical lottery when he needed Dr. Cullen’s specialized services,” says Jennifer O’Donnell, whose cat needed eye surgery twice in a span of 13 months; once to remove a foreign body embedded in his cornea and the other when he developed a corneal sequestrum. “I cannot express the true level of gratitude and appreciation for Dr. Cullen’s sympathetic and caring manner.”
Dr. Cullen was a founding faculty member of the University of Calgary Veterinary Medicine. She has also been a faculty member at Western College of Veterinary Medicine and the Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC). She has taught veterinary ophthalmology, veterinary ocular pathology and topics in veterinary ophthalmology and clinical communication. She also has offered continuing education pertaining to ophthalmological disease to veterinarians.
“Dr. Cheryl Cullen has had a positive impact in the small animal field through her service in clinics, education and research,” says Dr. Jim Fairles, 2012/13 CVMA president. “Her ophthalmology work has made a difference for pets and their owners in Canada and beyond.”

The Small Animal Practitioner Award sponsored by Petsecure Pet Health Insurance, is presented to a veterinarian, whose work in small animal practice, clinical research or basic sciences is judged to have contributed significantly to the advancement of small animal medicine, surgery, or the management of a small animal practice, including the advancement of the public's knowledge of the responsibilities of pet ownership.



Aubrey A. Webb, DVM, PhD (Neuroscience), Practice Limited to Veterinary Ophthalmology


Dr. Aubrey Webb was born in Calgary, Alberta.  He received his DVM from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) (Saskatoon, SK) and a PhD in the field of neuroscience from the University of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon, SK).  As part of his PhD training, Dr. Webb completed a small animal internship with emphasis on small animal neurological disease. 

Dr. Webb was recipient of a highly coveted Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) post-doctoral fellowship in spinal cord injury research.  He has received formal training in neuropathology, neurophysiology, clinical electrodiagnostics, neuroanatomy, sensorimotor behaviour assessment, biomechanics, and veterinary neurology.  He has attended the well-known ACVIM-approved Veterinary Neurology and Advanced Clinical Neurology/Neurosurgery course, and Veterinary MRI of the Nervous System Course.  He has completed an ABVO-approved residency in Ophthalmology.

Dr. Webb was a founding faculty member at the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (UCVM) and was also a researcher within the Hotchkiss Brain Institute at the University of Calgary.  He is an adjunct faculty member with the University of Calgary Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Neuroscience.  He has provided neurology consultations and clinical electrodiagnostics at Western Veterinary Specialist Centre (Calgary, AB) and WCVM, and consulted with clinicians on clinical neurology cases at AVC. He has taught various topics in physiology and clinical neurology to veterinary students at the AVC and the UCVM, has taught clinical communication to veterinary students at UCVM, and has taught /supervised several successful graduate neuroscience students.

He has received several awards for academic, teaching, and research accomplishments.  He has also undergone rigorous training in clinical communication through a variety of workshops including the Bayer Animal Health Communication Project

Dr. Webb has several peer-reviewed publications pertaining to spinal cord injury and peripheral nerve injury research and has published several papers pertaining to clinical veterinary neurology and ophthalmology.  He reviews research for a variety of international scientific journals.  He has also offered continuing education pertaining to neurological and ophthalmic diseases, teaching, and clinical communication to veterinarians.