Prominent California Veterinarian Dies in Car Firetony basher, anthony basher, ophthalmology, veterinary, tusconAnthony “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.A prominent veterinary ophthalmologist died in a car firenewslineVeterinary Ophthalmologist Found Dead Near Tucson
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.
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 Zoominfo.com, 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.