Joshua J. Broadwater, DVM

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Joshua J. Broadwater, DVM
Joshua J. Broadwater, DVM

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists

Born and raised in the small coal mining town of Lonaconing, Md., Dr. Joshua Broadwater has been hooked on treating and curing diseases and helping relieve the suffering of animals – since he got his first microscope at age 12.

That passion eventually took on a particular focus – caring for animals’ eyes. Following a residency at the Animal Eye Specialty Clinic in Florida, Dr. Broadwater worked at Lion Country Safari, SeaWorld and Gumbo Limbo Environmental Complex, where he performed surgery to remove tumors from turtles’ eyes.

Broadwater is now an ophthalmologist at CARE, where he has a special interest in cornea disease and surgery, cataract surgery and glaucoma surgery. “I went into ophthalmology,” he says, “because there’s something so special about relieving the suffering of a dog with a corneal ulcer, or controlling a painful condition such as glaucoma, or removing cataracts from a dog that was blind, and suddenly have them see the world again.”

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  • Bachelor of Science, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Internship in medicine-surgery, Florida Veterinary Specialists
  • Ophthalmology Residency, Animal Eye Specialty Clinics
  • Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists


  • Published numerous scientific articles in peer review journals, including Veterinary Ophthalmology and American Journal of Veterinary Research
  • Currently researching a newly recognized inflammatory condition in the eyes of dogs called Asymmetric Uveitis


Cooper, a mix-breed female terrier, is his “shotgun rider” anywhere their travels take them.

Recent Blog Posts from Dr. Broadwater

Celebrating Our Ninth Anniversary: CARE Expands with Two New Partners

This month marks the ninth anniversary of the most advanced emergency and specialty care for pets in the Charlotte region, CARE. Since 2015, CARE has been the vision of three veterinary specialists: surgeon Laura Dvorak, neurologist/neurosurgeon Amy Fauber, and...

Eyelid Disorders Can Be Irritating, Even Dangerous – But Treatable

Veteran pet owners know to check an animal’s skin for lumps or abscesses, monitor its eating and digestive habits and even observe its breathing and motor skills at rest and play. But there’s a tiny area many of us forget to examine: the eyelids. Eyelid disorders can...

Your Pet’s Eyes Can Reveal Diseases to a Veterinary Ophthalmologist

The eyes are “the windows to the soul,” but they are also windows to the rest of the body. Annual eye exams in humans can reveal symptoms of undetected conditions such as diabetes, mini-strokes and high blood pressure. The same is true for our canine and feline...

Watch Out for “Cherry Eye” When Your Dog’s (or Cat’s) Eyes Turn Red

Anybody with children knows red or pink eyes could mean conjunctivitis. This is a common bacterial infection treated with antibiotics or OTC remedies and isolation. But swelling and redness in the eyes of your dog – or, much less frequently, your cat – may mean...

Free Eye Exams: Giving Back to Service and Working Animals in May

We all want our pets to see as well as possible because it adds to their quality of life. However, there are dogs whose eyesight, along with training and dedication, directly contributes to the quality of life of people. Service animals allow individuals with a...