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Daniel A. Ward DVM, PhD, DACVO
Small Animal Ophthalmology
Small Animal Clinical Sciences

Professional Interests

His primary academic interest lies in teaching students and residents. He has also been actively involved in academic development of junior faculty, having spent over 10 years on the college’s Promotion and Tenure committee.

His basic research is in the area of ocular pharmacology, especially as it pertains to control of the blood-ocular barriers and aqueous humor dynamics. Fluorophotometry is our primary research tool for investigating both areas. Clinical research interests are glaucoma, ocular trauma, and equine ophthalmology.


  • D.V.M., University of Tennessee 1985
  • Ph.D., Pharmacology, University of Georgia 1990
  • Post-doc, Clinical Pharmacology, University of Georgia 1990


  • Residency in Ophthalmology, University of Georgia 1989
  • Diplomate - American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists 1991


Dr. Ward was born and raised in the Frayser section of Memphis. He attended Christian Brothers High School and Christian Brothers College, where he majored in chemical engineering. He attended veterinary school at the University of Tennessee, after which he spent time in private small animal practice in Greenville SC. He did his ophthalmology residency, doctoral studies and post doc at the University of Georgia. He joined the University of Tennessee faculty in 1990.

Dr. Ward lives with his wife and daughter on a small farm in East Tennessee, and his son is a senior at the University of Notre Dame. His interests outside the university include running, jazz music, farming, baseball, dabbling with antique cars and tractors, and the French existentialist movement of the mid-20th century.