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Veterinary Ophthalmologist Found Dead Near Tucson

Posted: Nov. 15, 2012, 6:45 p.m. EST

Anthony “Tony” Basher, a British-born board-certified veterinarian specializing in ophthalmology, was found dead in a burning car Nov. 9 near Tucson, Ariz., the Pima County Sheriff’s Department reported. He was 54.

Basher, MRCVS, Dipl. ACVS, Dipl. ACVO, had been working part time in Tucson and at Eye Care for Animals clinics in Temecula and Santa Monica, Calif., after he was fired from Veterinary Specialty Hospital in San Diego, his ex-wife, Kim, told the San Diego Union-Tribune. She didn't disclose the reason for his firing.

Dr. Anthony Basher was found dead in Tucson, Ariz.
Dr. Anthony Basher was found dead near Tucson, Ariz. Source: Facebook
The cause of Dr. Basher's death is under investigation, the Sheriff’s Department stated, but Kim Basher, also a veterinarian, told the newspaper that his death was an accident, possibly caused when brush and grass caught fire under the car.

The car belonged to the owner of the house where he was staying, the Sheriff's Department reported.

His death came nearly five months after the Bashers’ daughter, Ciannon, 14, died.

Anthony Basher’s last entry on his Facebook page was posted the day before his death. He linked to a news story about a Pakistani girl, Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban because of her advocacy of girls’ education.

According to his profile on, Basher also was a diplomate of Small Animal Surgery (soft tissue) in the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons with emphasis in ophthalmic surgery, plastic and reconstructive surgery, and head and neck surgery.

He graduated from the Royal Veterinary College at the University of London in 1981, completed an internship at the University of Pennsylvania, and served a three-year surgical residency at the University of Saskatchewan’s Western College of Veterinary Medicine. He also worked as a professor of surgery at the University of Prince Edward Island’s Atlantic Veterinary College.


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Please give my condolensces to the family.
Mike, Columbia, TN
Posted: 11/16/2012 7:52:02 PM
I worked with Dr. Basher at the San Diego Zoo's Safari Park when he treated the Okapi I cared for for Bovine Pinkeye. He was very cognizant of the problems involved with their treatment and designed a system to deliver medication to their eyes remotely. Both affected animals were pregnant at the time. I will always remember his compassion and professionalism.
Marcia, Escondido, CA
Posted: 11/16/2012 9:06:08 AM
I first met Dr Basher when I was a third year veterinary student @UCDavis in 1983; he was our classroom teacher in ophthalmology....he made the material very easy to understand...I was proud of the "A" that I received.
Years later, as a practice owner in San Diego, I was able to confidently refer several important patients to his care....he never failed to please the clients, do a remarkable job, and contact me both by phone and by fax, to update me on his diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment plan.
God bless you Tony, may you be in peace.
Dr Marc, Oceanside, CA
Posted: 11/15/2012 8:20:29 PM
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