Christopher Pirie - DVM, DACVO

Dr. Chris Pirie is one of the newest members of Tufts' faculty. In addition to treating eye problems for dogs, cats, horses and exotic species at the Foster Hospital for Small Animals, he teaches ophthalmology for third-year students and serves as a facilitator for the Problem Based Learning course for first-year students at the Cummings School.

Born and raised in Toronto, Dr. Pirie was drawn to veterinary ophthalmology for several reasons: a desire to help those who cannot help themselves and a fascination of the uniqueness and complexity that is the small organ of the eye. After earning his veterinary degree from the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph, he undertook an ocular pathology fellowship at the University of Wisconsin before his residency at Tufts.

Upon completing the three-year program in ophthalmology here at the Cummings School, he was offered a position on the faculty. This position provides opportunities to experience a plethora of interesting and exciting cases, while allowing for continued growth and pursuit of research interests, he says. He especially enjoys the opportunity to teach students—and with a high caseload, the Foster Hospital provides a wide array of teaching opportunities.

Dr. Pirie lives with his wife, Johanna, a fellow Canadian and veterinarian and an internal medicine specialist at Tufts' satellite clinic in Walpole, MA, Tufts VETS. The couple has two dogs, Freya and Leo, and 2 cats, Isaac and Chaos. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, cycling, scuba diving and photography and plays hockey on a weekly basis in a men's league.


  • DVM - Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph - 2003
  • Ocular Pathology Fellowship - School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Wisconsin - 2004
  • Residency - Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University - 2009

Board Certification

  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists
  1. LoPinto, A.J., Pirie, C.G., Ayres, S.L., Bedenice, D. 2017. Comparison of indocyanine green and sodium fluorescein for anterior segment angiography of ophthalmically normal eyes of goats, sheep, and alpacas performed with a digital single-lens reflex camera adaptor. American Journal of Veterinary Research.
  2. Lopinto, A.J., Pirie, C.G., Bedenice, D., Ayres, S.L. 2017. Corneal thickness of eyes of healthy goats, sheep, and alpacas manually measured by use of a portable spectral-domain optical coherence tomography device. American Journal of Veterinary Research.
  3. Bemis, A.M., Pirie, C.G., Lopinto, A.J., Maranda, L. 2017. Reproducibility and repeatability of optical coherence tomography imaging of the optic nerve head in normal beagle eyes. Veterinary Ophthalmology.
  4. Gornik, K.R., Pirie, C.G., Marrion, R.M., Wocial, J.N., Innis, C.J. 2016. Ophthalmic variables in rehabilitated juvenile Kemp's ridley sea turtles (Lepidochelys kempii). Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
  5. Gornik, K.R., Pirie, C.G., Alario, A.F. 2015. Orbital and subcutaneous emphysema following enucleation and respiratory distress in a Japanese chin. Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association.
  6. Alario, A.F., Pirie, C.G. 2015. Fluorescein gonioangiography of the normal canine eye using a dSLR camera adaptor. Research in Veterinary Science.
  7. Pirie, C.G., Alario, A. 2015. Use of indocyanine green and sodium fluorescein for anterior segment angiography in ophthalmologically normal cats. American Journal of Veterinary Research.
  8. Gornik, K.R., Pirie, C.G., Beamer, G.L. 2015. Unilateral choristoma of the nictitating membrane in a horse. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
  9. Gornik, K.R., Pirie, C.G., Barber, L.G., Beamer, G.L. 2015. Ocular Lymphangiosarcoma in a Horse. Journal of Equine Veterinary Science.
  10. Alario, A.F., Pirie, C.G. 2014. Reliability of manual measurements of corneal thickness obtained from healthy canine eyes using spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT). Canadian Journal of Veterinary Research.
  11. Alario, A.F., Pirie, C.G. 2014. Central corneal thickness measurements in normal dogs: A comparison between ultrasound pachymetry and optical coherence tomography. Veterinary Ophthalmology.
  12. Pirie, C.G., Alario, A. 2014. Anterior segment angiography of the normal canine eye: A comparison between indocyanine green and sodium fluorescein. Veterinary Journal.
  13. Gornik, K.R., Pirie, C.G., Duker, J.S., Boudrieau, R.J. 2014. Canine multifocal retinopathy caused by a BEST1 mutation in a Boerboel. Veterinary Ophthalmology.
  14. Pirie, C.G., Alario, A.F., Barysauskas, C.M., Gradil, C., Uricchio, C.K. 2014. Manual corneal thickness measurements of healthy equine eyes using a portable spectral-domain optical coherence tomography device. Equine Veterinary Journal.
  15. Alario, A.F., Pirie, C.G. 2013. Intra and inter-user reliability of central corneal thickness measurements obtained in healthy feline eyes using a portable spectral-domain optical coherence tomography device. Veterinary Ophthalmology.
  16. Pumphrey, S.A., Pizzirani, S., Pirie, C.G., Needle, D.B. 2013. Glaucoma associated with uveal cysts and goniodysgenesis in American Bulldogs: A case series. Veterinary Ophthalmology.
  17. Alario, A.F., Pizzirani, S., Pirie, C.G. 2013. Histopathologic evaluation of the anterior segment of eyes enucleated due to glaucoma secondary to primary lens displacement in 13 canine globes. Veterinary Ophthalmology.
  18. Alario, A.F., Pirie, C.G. 2013. A spectral-domain optical coherence tomography device provides reliable corneal pachymetry measurements in canine eyes. Veterinary Record.
  19. Alario, A.F., Pirie, C.G., Pizzirani, S. 2013. Anterior segment fluorescein angiography of the normal feline eye using a dSLR camera adaptor. Veterinary Ophthalmology.
  20. Pumphrey, S.A., Pizzirani, S., Pirie, C.G., Sato, A.F., Buckley, F.I. 2013. Reactive histiocytosis of the orbit and posterior segment in a dog. Veterinary Ophthalmology.

General Research Interests

  • Vision Optics
  • Clinical Optics

Research Interests by Area

Other Areas of Research
  • Antibody profiles in goniodysgenesis-related glaucoma. Glaucoma (spontaneous animal disease model); pathology
Spontaneous Animal Disease Models
  • Gaucoma in dogs, uveitis,cataracts in dogs, corneal ulceration

Research Interests by Organ System and Disease

  • Fluorescein angiography in dogs. Use of technology to enhance ophthamological examinations; optics; vision in animals