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Michael Davidson, DVM, Dipl. ACVO

Michael Davidson

Professor, Ophthalmology
Phone: 919.513.6420
Fax: 919.513.6464


Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tennessee at Knoxville, 1984

Dr. Davidson is a native of Chattanooga, Tennessee and completed his undergraduate studies and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 1984. His residency training in comparative ophthalmology was performed here at NC State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Davidson became board certified in ophthalmology and joined the faculty at NC State in 1987. He is the author of numerous scientific publications on topics including intraocular and laser surgery techniques in animals, optics, infectious diseases such as toxooplasmosis which afflict the eye, and growth factors relevant to lens metabolism and cataracts. Mike is married and has a young daughter named Alsey. He is an avid basketball and baseball fan. He enjoys reading and playing soccer.


Veterinary Ophthalmology

Professional Experience & Qualifications

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists, 1987

President, American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists, 2001-2002

Faculty Member at North Carolina State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, 1984-current

Residency, Comparative Ophthalmology, NC State University College of Veterinary Medicine, 1984-1987

Research Area

Intraocular and laser surgery techniques in animals; optics; infectious diseases such as toxoplasmosis and Rocky Mountain spotted fever which afflict the eye; cataracts, posterior capsular opacification; and growth factors relevant to lens metabolism and cataracts.

Selected Publications

Davidson MG.Towards a better canine intraocular lens.(invited editorial).Journal of Veterinary Ophthalmology.2001: 4: 1.

Davidson MG, Morgan DK, McGahan MC. Effect of surgical technique on in vitro posterior capsular opacification. Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. 2001: 26: 1550-1554.

Colitz CMH, Malarkey D, Dykstra MJ, McGahan MC, Davidson MG.Histologic and immunohistochemical characterization of lens capsular plaques in dogs with cataracts.American Journal of Veterinary Research 2000: 61: 139-143.

Pena Gimenez MT, Roura Lopez X, Davidson MG. Ocular and periocular manifestations of systemic leishmaniasis in dogs. Journal of Veterinary Ophthalmology,2000: 3: 35-41

Maggio F, Pizzirani S, DeFrancesco T, Atkins CE, Gilger BC, Davidson MG. Ocular lesions associated with systemic hypertension in cats: 69 cases (1985-1998). Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. 2000, 217: 695-702.

Davidson MG. Wormstone IM, Morgan DK, Malakof RL, Allen JB, McGahan MC. Canine in vivo lens sac explants. Graefe's Experimental and Clinical Archives of Ophthalmology. 2000: 238: 708-714.

Beam S, Correa MT, Davidson MG. A retrospective-cohort study on the development of cataracts in dogs with diabetes mellitus: 200 cases. Journal of Veterinary Ophthalmology. 1999: 2: 169-172.

Gerardi JG, Colitz CMH, Dubielzig, RR, Davidson MG. Immunohistochemical analysis of lens epithelial-derived membranes following cataract extraction in the dog. Journal of Veterinary Ophthalmology. 1999: 2: 163-168.

Gilger BC, Davidson MG, Howard P. Keratometry, ultrasonic biometry and prediction of intraocular lens power in the feline eye. American Journal of Veterinary Research 1998;59: 131-134.

Davidson MG, Harned J, Grimes A, Duncan GT, Wormstone IM, McGahan MC. Transferrin in after-cataract and as a survival factor for the lens epithelium. Experimental Eye Research 1998; 66:207-215.

Davidson MG, Geoly FC, McLellan GC, Gilger BC, Whitley W. Retinal degeneration associated with vitamin E deficiency in hunting dogs. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association 1998; 213:645-651.

Davidson MG, English RV. Feline ocular toxoplasmosis invited state of the art review. Veterinary Ophthalmology. 1998; 1: 71-80.

Davidson MG. Clinical retinoscopy for the veterinary ophthalmologists. Invited state-of-the-art review. Veterinary and Comparative Ophthalmology 1997; 7:128-137.


Comparative Ophthalmology Research Laboratory, Mike Davidson and Brian Gilger, Principal Investigators
American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists
Veterinary Ophthalmology