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12855 Gulf Freeway Houston, TX 77034
Bay Area Veterinary Specialists Phone #


Ext 1: Surgery Department

Ext 2: Cardiology, Internal Medicine, Oncology

Ext 3: Ophthalmology

Ext 4: Dermatology

Ongoing Clinical Trials

Congestive Heart Failure Study 2013

Clinical Trials

Join us for informal rounds the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 12:30-1:30 pm at Bay Area Veterinary Specialists. Bring your radiographs or cases to discuss.


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Gulf Coast Animal Eye Clinic is a specialty referral practice limited to veterinary ophthalmology. Our goal is to provide professional, compassionate care to restore eyesight, improve vision and alleviate the ocular discomfort of our patients. We offer a comprehensive ophthalmology service with a team of highly dedicated board certified ophthalmologists.

Pets can develop many conditions that may require the specialized care of an ophthalmologist. Your family veterinarian is best qualified to determine if and when a referral may be necessary.

Ophthalmology services include:

  • Cataract removal and artificial lens implantation
  • Corneal Ulcers
  • Glaucoma
  • Lens Luxation
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Corneal Injury repair
  • Retinal Detachment
  • Retinal Dysplasia
  • Eyelid Disorders
  • Sudden Acquired Retinal Degeneration Syndrome (SARDS)
  • Iris Melanoma in Cats
  • Herpatic Keratitis in Cats
  • Uveitis
  • Canine Eye Registry Foundation (CERF) genetic/breeder exams
  • Orbital Ultrasonography

Our Doctors

Dr Herrmann

M. Kohle Herrmann, BS, DVM, Diplomate American College of Veterinary Ophthalmology (ACVO)

M. Kohle Herrmann, BS, DVM, Diplomate American College of Veterinary Ophthalmology (ACVO)

Dr. M.K. (Kohle) Herrmann graduated from Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1970. He was an intern and medical resident at the Animal Medical Center in New York City from 1970 to 1973. In 1973 he moved to Ft. Collins, Colorado and was a clinician at the teaching hospital at Colorado State University until 1974. In 1974, he returned to Texas and went into private practice in Houston. Dr. Herrmann completed the requirements for board certification and became a diplomat in the ACVO in 1976. In 1979, he started the Gulf Coast Animal Eye Clinic at the current 'main office' location of 1551 Campbell Rd, Houston.

In his spare time Dr. Herrmann is a gourmet cook and an avid fisherman.

Dr Swanson

Jim Swanson, BS, DVM, Diplomate American College of Veterinary Ophthalmology (ACVO)

Jim Swanson, BS, DVM, Diplomate American College of Veterinary Ophthalmology (ACVO)

Dr. James (Jim) Swanson graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University in 1977 and was in private practice in Battle Creek, MI for 2 years. He was accepted into a residency position in the Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at Texas A&M University in 1979 where he completed a dual residency in Ophthalmology and Small Animal Internal Medicine. Dr. Swanson then occupied a junior faculty position at Texas A&M University and completed the requirements for board certification in the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO). Upon leaving Texas A&M, Dr. Swanson was an assistant professor at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Wisconsin/Madison until 1986 when he returned to Texas to join Dr. Kohle Herrmann at Gulf Coast Animal Eye Clinic.

Dr. Swanson is published in veterinary journals and books, and has had numerous positions within the ACVO including member and chair of the ACVO Examination Committee, ACVO Regent, Vice President, President-Elect, President, ACVO Ethics Committee and member and Chair of the ACVO Governance Committee as well as a member of the ACVO Vision for Animals Foundation.

In his spare time Dr. Swanson plays the guitar and chases golf balls.