Dr. Seth A. Koch VMD, Diplomate ACVO, Ophthalmology
Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Seth Koch graduated from Harpur College in Binghamton, New York with a B.A. in biology. Following his degree, Dr. Koch was admitted to the University of Pennsylvania’s School of veterinary medicine and graduated in 1965. After a yearlong internship, a Seeing Eye fellowship in internal medicine and a year in the internal medicine department, Dr. Koch’s real interest in ophthalmology began. He received a postdoctoral fellowship from the National Institute of Health, since, at the time of his studies, there were no residency programs in veterinary medicine. Dr. Koch studied human and veterinary ophthalmology as a result.
He studied under two of the worlds most recognized and esteemed ophthalmologists. In the human field, his professor was Harold Scheie, for which the eye institute at the University of Pennsylvania is named. In the veterinary field, Dr. Lionel Rubin (who is now one of Dr. Koch’s oldest and dearest friends) taught him.
In 1970, having received a masters degree in comparative ophthalmology from the graduate school of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, he started a private practice limited to ophthalmology in Alexandria, Virginia. This practice was among the very few specialty practices in the United States at that time. He was named a charter diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmology in 1970 upon its founding. He was one of 24 individuals in the United States named a charter diplomate and in 1976 acted as president of the organization.
Dr. Koch has practiced since 1970, written numerous scientific articles and received the AVMA practitioner research award for his contributions to the field of veterinary ophthalmology. He has lectured throughout the U.S.A. and Europe and is considered the “go-to” doctor when considering a surgical procedure to treat dry eyes, having produced a video that was distributed nationwide to all veterinary colleges.