Dr. Carmen Colitz earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine and a Ph.D. in Comparative and Experimental Medicine from the University of Tennessee in 1993 and 1996, respectively. Her research involved the study of ocular embryology and molecular biology of cancer. She became a board-certified veterinary ophthalmologist in 1999. During her residency training, Dr. Colitz completed a one-year post-doctoral research project and successfully competed for a five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health Eye Institute.
Dr Colitz has written or co-written over 60 peer reviewed publications and 19 book chapters and is Past-President of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists.
In 2009, she founded Aquatic Animal Eye Care, LLC. Aquatic Animal Eye Care’s mission was to understand and improve the ocular diseases that affect marine mammals, penguins and fishes both under human care and in the wild. Dr. Colitz was also a founding member of Animal HealthQuest, LLC, and is currently a Consulting Veterinarian for Animal Necessity, LLC.