Toronto Veterinary Opthalmologists

Joe Wolfer, DVM, DACVO

Veterinary Ophthalmologist Dr. Joe Wolfer opened Toronto Animal Eye Clinic in 2000. A specialist in veterinary ophthalmology, Dr. Wolfer is Board Certified by the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists and has been practicing veterinary ophthalmology for nearly 25 years. He credits Dr. Keith Barnett, a leader in eye care for guide dogs, as his inspiration for becoming an ophthalmologist. Dr. Wolfer says the most memorable moments in his career are earning his board certification in ophthalmology, becoming a retina specialist and performing his first retina surgery.

Growing up in Delhi, Ontario, Dr. Wolfer's earliest and most memorable experiences were watching his veterinarian treat his horse for colic, learning about dairy cattle and milk production and helping his veterinarian vaccinate his dogs. Before becoming a veterinarian, he worked at Tillsonburg Veterinary Clinic. Dr. Wolfer attended the University of Guelph for his undergraduate studies, and followed directly into veterinary school at the Ontario Veterinary College where he earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1988.

Dr. Wolfer's main professional interest is retinal surgery, and he is one of only a few veterinary ophthalmologists in North America who provide surgical care for patients with retinal detachment, a procedure that has been the focus of his research since 1998. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (DACVO) and the American Society of Retinal Specialists. He is also an adjunct professor at Ontario Veterinary College. In his free time, Dr. Wolfer enjoys hiking, golf, and horseback riding.

Micheal Zigler, DVM, CertVOphthal, MSc.IAH

Dr. Zigler has deep roots in the veterinary community; some may even say he’s a legend.

Dr. Zigler has over 35 years of experience in the field of veterinary ophthalmology. After graduating from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1979, he continued his studies with the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in the United Kingdom earning his Certificate in Veterinary Ophthalmology in 1993 and his MSc in International Animal Health from the University of Edinburgh in 2013.

Dr. Zigler’s career began in primary care. He opened the Bronte Road Animal Hospital in Oakville, Ontario in 1984 where he faithfully practiced until joining the Mississauga Oakville Veterinary Emergency Hospital and Referral Group in 2005 until his departure in 2019. Dr. Zigler joined the Toronto Animal Eye Clinic in early 2020. He’s been an Ophthalmology Consultant with the Veterinary Information Network (VIN) since 1999.

Dr. Zigler shares his life with his lovely wife Barb; a nurse practitioner. They’re immensely proud of their daughter Melissa who inherited Dr. Zigler’s passion for animals and is a practicing veterinarian herself. When he’s away from the practice, you’re likely to find him researching his family genealogy with his 2 dogs nestled by his side.

Martha Julien, DVM, Associate

Dr. Martha Julien grew up on farm in Omaha, NE where she raised horses, cows and sheep. She attended Boston College and obtained a BSA in Environmental Geosciences in 2012. Thereafter, she graduated from veterinary school in 2018 from the University College Dublin in Ireland.

Dr. Julien completed a small animal rotating medicine and surgery internship with BluePearl Veterinary Partners Tampa, FL in 2019 and went on to enroll in the AAHA-accredited ophthalmology specialty internship here at the Toronto Animal Eye Clinic, which she completed in the summer of 2020. Dr. Julien is currently working towards specializing in veterinary ophthalmology and taking the necessary steps required to reach that goal.

Dr. Julien enjoys hiking, traveling and riding horses in her spare time and lives with her British Shorthair named Effie.