About AVO

Armour Veterinary Ophthalmology, led by Dr. Micki Armour, specializes in ophthalmic care for dogs, cats, a variety of exotic animals and pocket pets throughout Washington D.C., Maryland, and northern Virginia.

Our team is focused on exceptional quality, providing the highest standards of patient care and client communication.

As part of the innovative team at Friendship Hospital for Animals, we enjoy support and collaboration with general practitioners, emergency veterinarians, and other specialists including an on-site, board-certified veterinary anesthesiologist, all working together to provide 24-hour specialty care for all of your pets’ needs.

Why Choose Us?

Specialty Services

Armour Veterinary Ophthalmology offers specialty services including:

  • Phacoemulsification (cataract surgery) for cataracts
  • Endocyclophotocoagulation (laser procedure) for glaucoma
  • Medical management of chronic dry eye
  • CO2 laser photoablation of eyelid masses without the use of general anesthesia
  • Specialty care of superficial and deep corneal ulcerations
  • Cryotherapy for aberrant hair growth
  • Revolutionary therapy for corneal endothelial diseases

The Latest Medical & Surgical Options

In order to provide the best service for your pet, we’ve invested in the latest medical and surgical ophthalmic equipment for accurate diagnosis and treatment of eye disorders. A board-certified anesthesiologist is involved in the treatment plan for every eye patient who undergoes general anesthesia. We use the latest monitoring equipment for all anesthetic and sedated procedures.

Dr. Armour also stays active at the forefront of eye care and disease treatment options by regularly attending conferences at the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, as well as European conferences. She is an Associate member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

We’re Revolutionizing Eye Care

Corneal Transplant

In 2017, Dr. Armour successfully completed in a canine patient the first ever documented corneal endothelial transplant (endothelial keratoplasty) for the condition known as corneal endothelial dystrophy. Our goal is to be a leading center, providing vision-enhancing corneal transplants for patients that would otherwise undergo painful corneal bullae formation, secondary ulceration, and often enucleation.

Glaucoma Pressure Sensor

In collaboration with Qura and leaders in the field of human glaucoma, Dr. Armour has been instrumental in the development of a wireless implantable pressure sensor that can measure and monitor changes in eye pressure. This device transmits alerts in real time via text or email to physicians and other caregivers identified by the user to receive them. Memory in the device allows for data storage and is accessible for review by medical professionals on either a mobile device or computer. Stay tuned for more developments.

Our Team

Dr. Micki Armour

“The joy of restoring sight to my patients is the best part of my job.”

Dr. Micki Armour

Dr. Micki Armour
VMD, DACVO

Dr. Micki Armour grew up in the Washington D.C. area and attended Holton-Arms School in Bethesda, Maryland. When she was growing up, her own pets were patients at Friendship Hospital for Animals.

Dr. Armour finds the field of veterinary ophthalmology fascinating with plenty of opportunities to establish long-term relationships with her patients and their families, as well as a great balance between practicing medicine and performing complex surgery.

As part of her ongoing education, Dr. Armour collaborates with human ophthalmologists in the field of corneal diseases, glaucoma, and cataracts. She is an Associate Member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and attends conferences at the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists and the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

She and her husband Phil and have 3 sons, Brayden, Finn and Eric. Micki enjoys running, skiing, ice hockey (go Caps!) and being active with her boys. Her first-born “child” Brody (a black lab) loves to hike in Great Falls park.


Ashley

Ashley Sommerkamp, DVM
Veterinary Ophthalmology Intern

I spent the majority of my childhood and youth in Long Island, New York. From a very young age my family, particularly my mother, encouraged my love for animals and science. Growing up we always had a wide variety of pets ranging from dogs and cats to saltwater fish, lizards, birds, and small exotic mammals. I moved to Raleigh, North Carolina for undergraduate studies where I pursued a degree in political science and a minor in economics. Post-graduation I become a paralegal with the intentions of applying to law school. After experiencing the world of law and several careers thereafter, I re-discovered my love for animals and science. I went back to school in Illinois and started working as a veterinary assistant and decided I wanted to become a veterinarian. I attended the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine where I received my veterinary degree and here I am today!

In my free time I enjoy exploring zoos, hiking, intramural sports, playing the guitar, painting, reading, board games, spending time with friends, eating great food, and taking walks with my dog and best friend Andre 3000.


Holly

Holly
Ophthalmology Coordinator

Holly has worked in client services in the veterinary field for 7 years. She started working for Dr. Armour a few years ago and has been engulfed in the ophthalmology world! She finds eyes extremely interesting, as well as tricky to understand, so she learns something new about them every day at work.

Holly rescued an adorable lab mix and lives happily in Fairfax, VA.


Lisa

Lisa
Licensed Veterinary Technician

Lisa had a passion for animals from a young age and began working in the veterinary field when she was 16 years old. She graduated from NOVA’s Veterinary Technology program in 2012 and is so happy that she is able to do what she loves every day.

When she isn’t working, Lisa enjoys the company of her two dogs, Teddy and Sadie, as well as spending time with friends and family.


Rachel

Rachel
Licensed Veterinary Technician

I’m originally from Bogotá, Colombia and grew up in Northern Virginia. I went to Penn State University Park and received a BS in Biology. 

In 2010 I joined Friendship Hospital for Animals as a veterinary technician in the internal medicine department. In 2018 I received my Veterinary Technician Specialist Certification in small animal internal medicine. After a few years hiatus to raise my two little boys I was ready to get back to veterinary medicine. In 2021 I joined Armour Veterinary Ophthmology. 

In my free time, I enjoy working on my native plant garden and exploring the outdoors with my husband, two boys and dogs Sweet Dee and Clint. 


emily

Emily
Veterinary Ophthalmology Technician Assistant

Growing up with so many family members in the medical profession, it felt natural for Emily to follow in their footsteps. She loves working in the hospital setting with so many specialties and is learning so much about animal eyes. She hopes to become a veterinarian herself one day. In her free time she likes to cook and bake new recipes or hang out with friends.