Severe ocular dysplasia in British red deer (Cervus elaphus)
- AHVLA – Thirsk, Station Road, North Yorkshire YO7 1PZ
- Reediehill Deer Farm, Auchtermuchty, Fife KY14 7HS
- Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Cambridge, Madingley Road, Cambridge CB3 0ES
- AHVLA – Preston, Barton Hall, Garstang Road, Barton, Preston, Lancashire PR3 0XE
DEVELOPMENTAL ocular abnormalities are rarely reported in domesticated or wild deer populations. Anophthalmia and microphthalmia have previously been reported in wild populations of white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) in North America (Fulton and others 1977) and severe ocular abnormalities have been seen in a Belgian red deer (Cervus elaphus) calf (Sepulchre-de Bie and others 1986).
In August 2008, the carcase of a 40 kg male red deer calf was examined at AHVLA – Thirsk. In August 2009, the carcase of a two-month-old female red deer calf from the same herd was also submitted. Gross pathology was limited to the eyes and was similar in each case, with anteroposterior …