Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University
Christopher Pirie

Ophthalmology

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, TuftsVETS. 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.

Education

  • 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

Reliability of manual measurements of corneal thickness obtained from healthy canine eyes using spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT)

Author(s):Alario, A.F. | Pirie, C.G.
Publication year: 2014
Journal / Book title: Canadian Journal of Veterinary Research

Anterior segment angiography of the normal canine eye: A comparison between indocyanine green and sodium fluorescein

Author(s):Pirie, C.G. | Alario, A.
Publication year: 2014
Journal / Book title: Veterinary Journal

Central corneal thickness measurements in normal dogs: A comparison between ultrasound pachymetry and optical coherence tomography

Author(s):Alario, A.F. | Pirie, C.G.
Publication year: 2014
Journal / Book title: Veterinary Ophthalmology

Manual corneal thickness measurements of healthy equine eyes using a portable spectral-domain optical coherence tomography device

Author(s):Pirie, C.G. | Alario, A.F. | Barysauskas, C.M. | Gradil, C. | Uricchio, C.K.
Publication year: 2013
Journal / Book title: Equine Veterinary Journal

Intra and inter-user reliability of central corneal thickness measurements obtained in healthy feline eyes using a portable spectral-domain optical coherence tomography device

Author(s):Alario, A.F. | Pirie, C.G.
Publication year: 2013
Journal / Book title: Veterinary Ophthalmology

Canine multifocal retinopathy caused by a BEST1 mutation in a Boerboel

Author(s):Gornik, K.R. | Pirie, C.G. | Duker, J.S. | Boudrieau, R.J.
Publication year: 2013
Journal / Book title: Veterinary Ophthalmology

Glaucoma associated with uveal cysts and goniodysgenesis in American Bulldogs: A case series

Author(s):Pumphrey, S.A. | Pizzirani, S. | Pirie, C.G. | Needle, D.B.
Publication year: 2013
Journal / Book title: Veterinary Ophthalmology

Histopathologic evaluation of the anterior segment of eyes enucleated due to glaucoma secondary to primary lens displacement in 13 canine globes

Author(s):Alario, A.F. | Pizzirani, S. | Pirie, C.G.
Publication year: 2013
Journal / Book title: Veterinary Ophthalmology

A spectral-domain optical coherence tomography device provides reliable corneal pachymetry measurements in canine eyes

Author(s):Alario, A.F. | Pirie, C.G.
Publication year: 2013
Journal / Book title: Veterinary Record

Anterior segment fluorescein angiography of the normal feline eye using a dSLR camera adaptor

Author(s):Alario, A.F. | Pirie, C.G. | Pizzirani, S.
Publication year: 2013
Journal / Book title: Veterinary Ophthalmology

Reactive histiocytosis of the orbit and posterior segment in a dog

Author(s):Pumphrey, S.A. | Pizzirani, S. | Pirie, C.G. | Sato, A.F. | Buckley, F.I.
Publication year: 2013
Journal / Book title: Veterinary Ophthalmology

Western blot patterns of serum autoantibodies against optic nerve antigens in dogs with goniodysgenesis-related glaucoma

Author(s):Pumphrey, S.A. | Pizzirani, S. | Pirie, C.G. | Anwer, M.S. | Logvinenko, T.
Publication year: 2013
Journal / Book title: American Journal of Veterinary Research

Anterior segment fluorescein angiography of the normal canine eye using a dSLR camera adaptor

Author(s):Alario, A.F. | Pirie, C.G. | Pizzirani, S.
Publication year: 2013
Journal / Book title: Veterinary Ophthalmology

Surgical treatment of epibulbar melanocytomas by complete excision and homologous corneoscleral grafting in dogs: 11 cases

Author(s):Maggio, F. | Pizzirani, S. | Peña, T. | Leiva, M. | Pirie, C.G.
Publication year: 2013
Journal / Book title: Veterinary Ophthalmology

Fluorescein angiography of the canine posterior segment using a dSLR camera adaptor

Author(s):Pirie, C.G. | Cooper, J. | Pizzirani, S.
Publication year: 2012
Journal / Book title: Veterinary Ophthalmology

Anterior and posterior segment photography. An alternative approach using a dSLR camera adaptor

Author(s):Pirie, C.G. | Pizzirani, S.
Publication year: 2012
Journal / Book title: Veterinary Ophthalmology

Acute primary canine herpesvirus-1 dendritic ulcerative keratitis in an adult dog

Author(s):Gervais, K.J. | Pirie, C.G. | Ledbetter, E.C. | Pizzirani, S.
Publication year: 2012
Journal / Book title: Veterinary Ophthalmology

Reflex-free digital fundus photography using a simple and portable camera adaptor system. A viable alternative

Author(s):Pirie, C.G. | Pizzirani, S.
Publication year: 2011
Journal / Book title: Journal of Visual Communication in Medicine

Measurement of corneal sensitivity in 20 ophthalmologically normal alpacas

Author(s):Welihozkiy, A. | Bedenice, D. | Price, L.L. | Pizzirani, S. | Pirie, C.G.
Publication year: 2011
Journal / Book title: Veterinary Ophthalmology

Scleral and suprachoroidal foreign body in a dog - a case report

Author(s):Welihozkiy, A. | Pirie, C.G. | Pizzirani, S.
Publication year: 2011
Journal / Book title: 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

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