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, 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.

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
 
  1. Gervais KJ, Pirie CG, Ledbetter EC, Pizzirani S. Acute primary canine herpesvirus-1 dendritic ulcerative keratitis in an adult dog. VO 2012; 15: 133-138. 
  2. Pirie CG, Pizzirani S. Anterior and posterior segment photography. An alternative approach using a dSLR camera adaptor. VO 2012; 15: 280-287. 
  3. Pirie CG, Pizzirani S. Reflex-free Digital Fundus Photography Using a Simple and Portable Camera Adaptor System. A Viable Alternative. Journal of Visual Communication in Medicine 2011; 34: 146-155.
  4. Pirie CG, Cooper J, Pizzirani S. Fluorescein angiography of the canine posterior segment using a dSLR camera adaptor. VO 2012; 15: 116-122.
  5. Alario A, Pirie CG, Pizzirani S. Anterior segment fluorescein angiography of the normal canine eye using a dSLR camera adapter. VO 2013; 16: 10-19. 
  6. Alario A, Pirie CG, Pizzirani S. Anterior segment fluorescein angiography of the normal feline eye using a dSLR camera adapter. VO 2013; DOI: 10.1111/j.1463-5224.2012.01058.x
  7. Alario A, Pirie CGIntra and inter-user reliability of central corneal thickness measurements obtained in healthy feline eyes using a portable spectral-domain optical coherence tomography device. VO 2013; DOI: 10.1111/vop.12029.

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