Providing Hampton Roads with the latest in veterinary eye care for over 20 years

Our Mission
At Animal Eye Care our mission has always been simple: 
"To provide the best in ophthalmic care for pets in need"
We understand how much our pets mean to us, and how important it is to maintain their well-being by providing them with the best in health care.  Through advanced training, and keeping abreast of the latest in knowledge and technology, we have been able to provide excellence in veterinary ophthalmology to Hampton Roads communities since 1996.   Our goal is to make our services available to as many pet owners as possible, by maintaining high quality medicine at an affordable price.  Compassion, communication, and customer service are the foundations of our entire team, and we strive to bring these values to every client and pet entrusted to our care.  When our services are required, rest assured your pet is in the most compassionate and experienced hands Hampton Roads has to offer. 

Our Services

Ophthalmic Examination

At Animal Eye Care we evaluate your pet's eyes with the most up-to-date ophthalmology equipment, including:

  • slit-lamp biomicroscopy

  • binocular indirect ophthalmoscopy

  • ocular ultrasound

  • electroretinography

Medical Therapy

Animal Eye Care offers the latest in medical therapy to treat a wide range of ocular conditions, some of which include:

  • keratoconjunctivitis sicca (dry eye)

  • glaucoma

  • infected corneal ulcers

  • anterior uveitis

  • autoimmune ocular surface disease

Surgical Therapy
Our ophthalmologists utilize the most cutting edged surgical equipment coupled with years of experience to provide your pet with the highest level of surgical care for a wide range of vision compromising conditions.  Routine procedures include:
  • phacoemulsificaiton cataract removal with acrylic intraocular lens implantation   ACVO cataract brochure - ACVO cataract video 
  • autologous and xenographic grafting for severe corneal ulcers
  • laser cyclodestructive procedures and filtration implants for glaucoma
  • eyelid reconstruction/repair for trauma, breed-related abnormalities and expansive eyelid tumors
  • cryotherapy for aberrant eyelid hairs and minor eyelid tumors
  • surgery for advanced retinal detachment
      
Equine Services
Animal Eye Care provides diagnostic, medical, and surgical ophthalmic care for equine patients throughout the Hampton Roads area. 
Certification Examinations

Our board certified ophthalmologists are qualified to examine your pet for breed eye certification through the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals Eye Certification Registry

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Exotic Services
Animal Eye Care routinely provides examination, diagnostic and surgical services for a variety of exotic animals including birds, pocket pets, reptiles and marine mammals. Our years of experience allow us to diagnose and treat eye conditions in a multitude of different species  
 
 

Our Doctors

Brad Nadelstein DVM, DACVO   (Chesapeake, Virginia Beach)

Dr. Brad Nadelstein graduated from North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1993.  After participating in a one year rotating internship at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, he returned to North Carolina State and completed his residency training in ophthalmology.  After several years of practicing in Florida, Dr. Nadelstein moved to Hampton Roads and opened Animal Eye Care in 1997.  For the last 20 years he has enthusiastically provided specialty ophthalmology care to the pets of southeastern Virginia.  In his effort to provide the best in ophthalmic care, he underwent post-residency training in vitreoretinal surgery, and is currently one of approximately 5 veterinary ophthalmologists in the country performing pars plana vitrectomy and retinal reattachment surgery.  Along with practicing ophthalmology, he has served as the primary mentor for the highly successful Animal Eye Care Associates veterinary ophthalmology residency program, training multiple successful residents over the past 15 years. Dr. Nadelstein’s professional society memberships include the ACVO and ACVO Vitreous Society, as well as the Vision for Animals Foundation, for which he has served as the foundation’s president for 9 years. He loves making animals see again and relieving their eye pain. In his time away from work, Dr. Nadelstein enjoys sailing, tennis, fishing, camping and running.

Andrew Berdoulay DVM, DACVO  (Newport News)

Dr. Berdoulay was born and raised in Long Island, New York. He received his Bachelors degree in biology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook before earning his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University in 1998. He practiced general medicine for two years prior to entering a combined residency program in ophthalmology with Animal Eye Care Associates and the University of Illinois, which he successfully completed in 2004. His professional interests lie in cataract surgery and novel therapies for dry eye. Dr. Berdoulay says he can never grow tired of improving the quality of a pet’s life, by restoring their ability to see. He has made his home in Virginia since graduating from veterinary school, although he is still a Northeasterner at heart. He enjoys spending his free time with his family. In addition to his children, he is father to a French bull dog, pug, chihuahua, and a cat. 

Andrea Leber DVM, DECVO  (Chesapeake)
Dr. Andrea C. Leber was born in 1964 in Switzerland. She studied Veterinary Medicine at the University of Zuerich, Switzerland, graduating in 1988. After a 3 year ophthalmology residency with Prof Bernhard Spiess, and defending a thesis about ‘Electroretinography in Beagles, she worked as a staff ophthalmologist in a small animal clinic in Switzerland.  She then started her own ophthalmology clinic in 1993, where she worked closely with two Zoos in Basel and the school for guiding dogs for the blind in Allschwil. In 1996 she became a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Ophthalmology. In 2000 Dr. Leber moved to the U.S. and took her ophthalmology skills to Mobile, AL where she opened her own ophthalmology clinic, serving the Mobile area for five years. In August 2005 she moved to Virginia, where she has worked with Animal Eye Care Associates ever since.  Dr. Leber is an avid marathon and triathlon participant, placing among the top 10 racers nationally in her age group several times. Her great passions are watching her two sons graduate college, and participating Team Hoyt marathon races for individuals with cerebral palsy.  
      
Laura Mancuso VMD, Ophthalmology Resident  (Chesapeake,  Viginia Beach, Newport News)
Dr. Mancuso graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine in 2015 and recently completed a small animal rotating internship at the University of Tennessee. After completing a 1-year specialty internship with Animal Eye Care Associates, she was offered a position as a resident in comparative ophthalmology with AEC beginning in January of 2017. Laura is originally from Leesburg, Virginia, and is happy to be back in the great state of VA. Outside of work, she enjoys horseback riding and creative writing.
 
      
 
 

Our Support Staff

At Animal Eye Care we believe in providing the highest level of medial care for you and your pet.  An integral part of our team includes several licensed veterinary technicians who have undergone years of formal training, testing, and continuing education.  In conjunction with board certified veterinary ophthalmologists, our multiple licensed veterinary technicians are specifically trained in aspects of veterinary anesthesia and ophthalmology, so you can rest assured your loved ones receive the expert care they deserve.  

Toni Martineau - Licensed Veterinary Technician (Chesapeake,  Viginia Beach)
Toni has been engaged in veterinary medicine since 1992 and received an Associates of Animal Science degree in Veterinary Technology from Blue Ridge Community College in 1997. She returned to her hometown of Chesapeake, VA and worked as a Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT) in a variety of clinical settings including emergency, equine and orthopedic veterinary medicine, before finding her true passion; veterinary ophthalmology, where she has been employed by Animal Eye Care (AEC) since 1998. In 2013 Toni received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology (with honors) from Hampton University located in Hampton, VA. Toni has over 20 years experience in the veterinary field with a strong professional interest and advanced training in veterinary anesthesia. She has frequently attended the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmology (ACVO) continuing education conferences since 2001. Outside of AEC Toni enjoys ballroom dancing and spending time with her husband, 2 children and 3 dogs.
 
      
Niamh Crist - Licensed Veterinary Technician (Newport News)

Niamh (which is pronounced Neve) is a 2005 graduate of Northern Virginia Community College with an Applied Associates in Veterinary Technology.   She was born in Ireland and moved around to several countries as a child before settling in Hampton Roads at 10 years of age.  She started her veterinary career in 1999 working in Emergency Medicine before finding Ophthalmology, and has been with Animal Eye Care since 2007. Niamh is a member of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America.  Niamh enjoys spending her time off with her two children – Aoife & Audric, and her menagerie of animals: 3 dogs – Jasper (a chocolate lab), FN 2187 aka Finn (a golden retriever), Ciara (a teacup Chihuahua), 5 chickens, 2 rats, a few beta fish and a whites tree frog.

Katie Kent - Licensed Veterinary Technician (Newport News)

Katie is a 2017 graduate of Northern Virginia Community College, she’s lived in the area since moving here from South Carolina as a young child. Katie started her Veterinary career with Animal Eye Care in 2013, starting out as an assistant before becoming Licensed. Katie lives in Gloucester with her husband AJ, their two pugs - Jeffery Todd and Walter Eugene, two cats - Olive and Rico and enjoys gardening in her spare time. 

Brenda Burns Doyle - Licensed Veterinary Technician (Virginia Beach)

Brenda’s extreme love and compassion for animals began at an early age. Her longing to make a difference in the lives of pets led her to a position as a veterinary assistant in 1991. Brenda later attended the University of Cincinnati where she graduated with honors with a degree in Veterinary Technology in 1997. Her career as a veterinary technician has allowed her to explore many realms of veterinary medicine from private practice to emergency medicine to orthopedics. Eager to explore new facets of the veterinary community, Brenda joined the Animal Eye Care team in March 2018. In her time away from work Brenda is a busy wife and mom to three beautiful children. She enjoys biking, going to the beach with her family and spending time with her own pets including 2 frisky kitties and her beloved golden retriever, Grady.

Megan Barker - Licensed Veterinary Technician (Chesapeake)

Megan’s love for animals and wanting to help them began at an early age. She was born and raised in Houston, Texas and recently moved to the east coast in 2015. She received her associates degree in Criminal Justice before deciding to pursue her dream of working with animals. She graduated from the Vet Tech Institute of Houston with an associates in Veterinary Technology in 2014 and became licensed shortly after. She began her career working in a small animal practice gaining experience before joining Animal Eye Care in 2018. She has grown up with a wide variety of different animals including hamsters, hedgehogs, ferrets and of course dogs and cats. When she isn’t at work she likes to spend time camping, kayaking, running and bowling. She also loves spending time with her two dogs, Kaiser a German Shepherd, and Becca a Pit bull.

Alyssa Beard - Licensed Veterinary Technician (Chesapeake, Virginia Beach)

Alyssa joined the Animal Eye Care family in the Spring of 2019. She is a Washington State native before moving to San Diego, CA where she graduated from the Pima Medical Inc. Alyssa always had a love for animals and her interest in the veterinary field was sparked during an internship in high school.  She married her high school sweetheart of 10 years who is in the Navy, which brought them to Suffolk, VA in 2015. The couple proudly shares their home with three rescued Siberian Huskies (Miko, Summit, and Juneau) and two cats (Stanley, an orange domestic short hair, and Prusik, a Maine Coon). When not at work, you can find Alyssa backpacking, dry land mushing, rock climbing, hiking, camping, fishing, gardening, horseback riding, and anything else that involves the outdoors!

Sean Tenon - Lead Assistant/Employee Training Supervisor  (Chesapeake, Virginia Beach)

A Chesapeake native and die-hard Golden Retriever enthusiast, Sean graduated from Virginia Tech in 2008 with a B.S. in Animal and Poultry Science. While at school, he volunteered his time working at the Virginia Tech Copenhaver Sheep Center. Before joining the Animal Eye Care team in 2011, Sean worked for animal internal medicine and emergency specialty practices. Outside of work, he loves to build/fix things and plays a wide variety of sports. Sean is an avid fan of the Philadelphia Eagles, the Seattle Mariners, and the Phoenix Suns; subsequently, so are his two dogs, Aeris and Oakley. His love of sports stems from the years he spent playing a number of sports for competition and recreation, as well as, the hearty dollop of “friendly competition” between him and his older brother as to who was the better athlete. The same amount of focus, dedication, and work ethic that made Sean successful at sports is what makes him a truly great team player at Animal Eye Care!

 
OUR ADDRESS
OPENING HOURS
 
 

Chesapeake

660 Independence Pkwy - Suite 350

Chesapeake, VA 23320

(757) 366-9060

chesapeake@aecassociates.com

Our Locations

Virginia Beach

1124 Lynnhaven Pkwy

Virginia Beach, VA 23452

(757) - 368 - 9060

virginiabeach@aecassociates.com

 

 

Newport News

1120 George Washington Memorial HWY

Yorktown, VA 23693

(757) - 873 - 9060

yorktown@aecassociates.com

 

 

For Veterinarians

We are here for You

At Animal Eye Care our ophthalmologists are available to help with your challenging ophthalmic cases.  While we are dedicated to scheduling your patients as quickly as possible, we understand referral is not always an option.  Feel free to contact us during normal business hours for phone consultation.  For those cases you wish to refer, we've included a link to our referral form below or you can submit one online at the top of this page for your convenience.