Ellison Bentley, DVM, DACVO, Clinical Professor


Department of Surgical Sciences
Office: 3354A

Ellison Bentley, DVM, DACVO, Clinical Professor

Titles and Education

  1. Clinical Professor, Comparative Ophthalmology
  2. Clinical Associate Professor, Comparative Ophthalmology, 2006-2012
  3. Clinical Assistant Professor, Comparative Ophthalmology, 2001-2006
  4. Resident/Postdoctoral Fellow: Comparative Ophthalmology UW-Madison 1997-2001
  5. Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists 2001
  6. Internship, Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, NC State University 1993-94
  7. DVM, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida 1989-93
  8. BS in Zoology, Duke University 1985-88


Dr. Bentley is interested in applications of high resolution ultrasound in ocular disease, clinical trials in post surgical pain management, and assessing and improving surgical techniques and outcomes. Another area of interest in corneal wound healing, specifically non-healing erosions in dogs.


Course coordinator for the third year didactic course; continuing education for private practitioners and resident training. Section head.

Clinical Interests

Medical and surgical ophthalmology in all species with a special interest in corneal disease, glaucoma, ocular imaging and management of ocular pain.

Recent Publications

  1. Krishnan H, Hetzel S, McLellan GJ, Bentley E. Comparison of outcomes in cataractous  eyes of dogs undergoing phacoemulsification versus eyes not undergoing surgery. Veterinary Ophthalmology 2020. 23:286-291.
  2. Bartholomew KJ, Bentley E, Lasarev JR, Smith LJ. A retrospective analysis of complication rates associated with retrobulbar local anesthesia in dogs undergoing enucleation surgery. Vet Analg Anesthes 2020 47: 588-594.
  3. Snyder K, Terhaar H, Bentley E, Miller P. Wound leakage rates of uniplanar vs biplanar phacoemulsification clear corneal incisions in dogs. Veterinary Ophthalmology 2020. 23:325-330.
  4. Pryor SG, Bentley E, McLellan GJ, Giuliano EA, Albaugh RA, Rankin AJ, Labelle AL, Buhr KA. Retinal detachment post-phacoemulsification in Bichons Frises: A retrospective study of 54 dogs. Veterinary Ophthalmology. 2016;19(5):373-378.
  5. Delgado C, Bentley E,* Hetzel S, Smith L. Carprofen provides better post-operative analgesia than tramadol in dogs after enucleation: A randomized, masked clinical trial. J Am Vet Med Assoc. 2014;245(12):1375-81.
  6. Myrna K, Bentley E, Smith LJ. Local anesthetic retrobulbar block reduces postoperative pain following enucleation of canine eyes: a randomized, placebo controlled, double-masked clinical trial. J Am Vet Med Assoc. 2010;237:174-177.