VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (Inside Business) – Dr. Heather Brookshire’s decision to specialize in veterinary ophthalmology came into focus after one of her own dogs, a basset hound named Whiskey, developed glaucoma.

While Whiskey did go blind and has since died, Brookshire said that experience instilled in her a desire to help other animals and their owners going through the same thing.

A veterinarian since 2008, she opened the Animal Vision Center of Virginia on Old Great Neck Road in Virginia Beach in April 2015.

The practice focuses on ocular care for all animals, but most of its patients are dogs, cats and horses. Exotic animals are treated as well, including wildlife at the Virginia Zoo.

In an effort to make their services more accessible to patients in need, the center started to offer real-time telemedicine.

The remote consultation service – available through the free TeleVet app – is for existing clients and veterinary partners.

Users can upload details, photos and videos to the app, giving the doctor a clearer understanding of the problem at hand. Staff members review the files, provide an assessment and determine the next step which may or may not include an in-office visit.

“If there are further questions we do have the ability to jump online with them and do a FaceTime or Skype type of appointment,” Brookshire said.