Ophthalmology Team

Carmen Colitz

DVM, PhD, DACVO, MBA
Board Certified In Ophthalmology

Dr. Carmen Colitz is originally from North Miami, Florida and did most of her undergraduate work at the University of Florida (Go Gators!). She then earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine and Ph.D. in Comparative and Experimental Medicine from the University of Tennessee in 1993 and 1996, respectively. She became a board-certified veterinary ophthalmologist in 1999. During her residency training, Dr. Colitz completed a one-year post-doctoral research project and successfully competed for a five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health Eye Institute.

Dr. Carmen Colitz worked for two years at the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine, and then spent five years at The Ohio State University’s veterinary teaching hospital as a clinician and researcher. Dr. Colitz discovered telomerase (a cancer protein) in the normal and cataractous lens, and researched the molecular biology of cataractogenesis and posterior capsular opacification (PCO). She was also involved in research to evaluate lutein and grapeseed extract as well as other antioxidants in their anti-cataractogenic and anti-PCO effects. Dr Colitz has written or co-written almost 80 peer reviewed publications and 19 book chapters and is Past-President of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists.

Over the course of her career, Dr. Carmen Colitz has worked with numerous animal species and has performed thousands of ophthalmologic surgeries on both companion pets, marine mammals, and other exotic species, including eels. In 2006, Dr. Carmen Colitz began collaborating with Dr. Terri McCalla, a fellow board certified veterinary ophthalmologist, and Debby Smith, chemist and compounding pharmacist, in the development of an innovative vision supplement for pets. The team formed Animal HealthQuest, LLC as a company dedicated to providing unique, high quality nutritional supplements for domestic animals to improve the quality of life for pets and their owners. In 2010, Animal HealthQuest introduced its first product, Ocu-GLO®, to the market. Ocu-GLO® is the first ocular supplement specifically designed to meet the needs of canine and feline eyes. It combines 12 different natural antioxidants including grapeseed extract, lutein and omega-3 fatty acids to synergistically support canine eye health and may help slow the progression of degenerative eye diseases. To learn more about Ocu-GLO®, go to www.ocuglo.com.

Dr. Colitz also worked with Dr. Johanna Mejia-Fava in the development of Eye-SEA®, a pharmaceutical grade nutraceutical specifically formulated for marine mammal eye support. The 10 different antioxidants in Eye-SEA® support all structures of the eye in specific and non-specific ways.

Dr. Carmen Colitz is a Consulting Veterinarian for Animal Necessity, LLC.

She loves traveling, and some of her bucket list trips still include South Island, New Zealand, Tasmania, Slovenia, and Alaska to see Steller sea lions and Orcas in the wild. She is also bilingual, as she speaks Spanish, and a little French after studying at La Sobonne in Paris many years ago. Dr. Colitz has lived in 5 different states: Tennessee, North Carolina, Louisiana, Ohio, and Florida. And she is obsessed with pinnipeds, aka seals, sea lions and walrus!


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Christhie, “Motika” and “Baby”

Dr. Colitz is AWESOME!! She has been fantastic taking care of one of my babies. Same as for her husband Dr. Latimer who also took care of another of my babies. The whole staff is friendly and knowledgeable. I highly recommend them. To me and my babies they are the BEST!!

Ronald and “Vito”

Words cannot express what Vito means to us, I’ve had dogs my whole life, and this one is something special along with his sister . The gratitude I have for Dr. Carpenter, my daughter Victoria and the rest of the staff especially Carmen and Latimer is immeasurable!!!! We can’t thank Dr. Carpenter and the Jupiter Emergency Center, enough!

Jamie and “Seamus”

Thank you, thank you. I have brought Seamus to Dr Colitz for years ever since he became diabetic and lost his eyesight and have received nothing but warm greetings and great care. Unfortunately this morning at 2:30am Seamus had a stroke and lost use of the left side of his body, the last thing I’ve ever wanted is for my companion of 14 years to be in any pain or discomfort. Deciding it was his time, I called the emergency center for availability and then arrived shortly thereafter to a warm welcome from Kelsey, Rachel and Will. They along with Dr. Alexis Torre were helpful, comforting and professional in how they handled me and Seamus in the most traumatic time in our lives.

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Christhie, “Motika” and “Baby”

Dr. Colitz is AWESOME!! She has been fantastic taking care of one of my babies. Same as for her husband Dr. Latimer who also took care of another of my babies. The whole staff is friendly and knowledgeable. I highly recommend them. To me and my babies they are the BEST!!

Jamie and “Seamus”

Thank you, thank you. I have brought Seamus to Dr Colitz for years ever since he became diabetic and lost his eyesight and have received nothing but warm greetings and great care. Unfortunately this morning at 2:30am Seamus had a stroke and lost use of the left side of his body, the last thing I’ve ever wanted is for my companion of 14 years to be in any pain or discomfort. Deciding it was his time, I called the emergency center for availability and then arrived shortly thereafter to a warm welcome from Kelsey, Rachel and Will. They along with Dr. Alexis Torre were helpful, comforting and professional in how they handled me and Seamus in the most traumatic time in our lives.