Veterinary dentists help promote dental health among their animal patients as well as carry out the oral surgery and dental techniques needed to keep their patients’ mouths clean and healthy. Many of these veterinarians eventually seek out diplomate status with the American Veterinary Dental College, showing they have obtained specific knowledge and skills in the field to reach a high level of expertise. Our list of 15 veterinary dental professors featured here includes many veterinarians who have reached this diplomate status, and their advanced knowledge illustrates how there are many different fields and areas of specialization that exist just within dentistry. (After initial publication of this list, we added in two additional vet dental professors that were highly recommended to us, bringing our total to 17.)
An assistant professor of dentistry and oral surgery at Colorado State University's Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Dr. Roxane MacLellan works with students, teaching them how to perform treatments such as scaling and polishing, radiographs, and probing and charting. She also shows students how to do more advanced procedures, such as surgeries. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2002 from CSU, graduating in the top 10 percent of her class, and also works in private practice. She is a member of several different organizations including the American Veterinary Dental Society and the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr. Santiago Peralta is a clinical assistant professor and section chief of dentistry and oral surgery in Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine. He received his doctor of veterinary medicine in Colombia in 1999 and did a residency at the University of California, Davis in dental and oral surgery from 2006 to 2009. He is a diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College and has been published, with colleagues, in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association and American Journal of Veterinary Research. He has also been featured in an article published on the university's website called "Taking a Bite out of Dental Disease."
A lecturer and chief of oral surgery and dentistry at Cornell State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Jennifer Rawlinson obtained her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the school and did a two-year residency in veterinary dentistry at the University of Pennsylvania. At Cornell, she undertook projects that have included being a primary dental provider for exotic and wildlife animals and instructing students in large animal dentistry. She has also received the Peter Emily Service award from the American Veterinary Dental College for her role in helping develop an equine dental specialty.
An assistant professor in the pet health center at Kansas State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Jennifer Akers teaches students in small animal dental surgery and small animal general medicine. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University and has research interests that include veterinary dentistry and public health education. She enjoys working with and educating students, has even shared tips about animal dentistry that have been featured online, and has been written about in the college's newsletter called Lifelines.
An associate clinical professor at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State University, Dr. Diana Eubanks has areas of expertise that include dentistry as well as gross anatomy and physiology. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Georgia and is a fellow with the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry and a diplomate with the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. Her clinical practice is in dentistry and small animal practice while much of her research is in the veterinary dentistry field. At the school's Animal Health Center, she is involved in both case management and lecture-based presentations.
Dr. Viacheslav Eroshin is a clinical assistant professor in dentistry and oral surgery at North Carolina State University. He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1995 in Russia, and did a residency in dentistry and oral surgery at the University of Pennsylvania from 2006 to 2009. His clinical interests include endodontics and exotic mammal dentistry. He has worked in private practice, including in St. Petersburg, Russia, has been a volunteer veterinarian, and became a diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College in 2010.
Dr. Gary Lantz is both a professor of veterinary clinical sciences and professor of biochemical engineering at Purdue University. He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1974 from Ohio State University, and is a diplomate with the American Veterinary Dental College, and the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. His various areas of interest include oral and maxillofacial surgery, and he's had many articles published including in the Journal of Veterinary Dentistry and Journal of Surgical Research. He's also participated in dental conferences around the U.S. including the 2010 Veterinary Dentistry for the Small Animal Practitioner at Texas A&M University.
A clinical professor in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Science at Texas A&M University, Dr. Johnathon Dodd became board certified with the American Veterinary Dental College in 2003. He's received several honors and appointments, has worked in private practice, and is also a fellow with the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry. His clinical and scholarly interests are in dentistry and he has even given an interview to the school's Pet Talk service about the importance of brushing a pet's teeth on a daily basis.
Dr. Jean Joo teaches for the Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, specializing in areas that include endodontics, exodontics, maxillofacial trauma, and oral surgery. She received her Doctor in Veterinary Medicine from Ohio State University in 2004, and did her residency in dentistry and oral surgery at the University of California, Davis. Her work includes teaching at Tufts' Foster Hospital for Small Animals and being involved in Tuft's Veterinary Emergency Treatment and Specialties (VETS) services. She is also is a contributing author to the book "Good Old Dog: Expert Advice for Keeping Your Aging Dog Happy, Healthy, and Comfortable", produced by faculty at the Cummings School in 2010.
An assistant professor at the University of California, Davis, Dr. Boaz Arzi obtained his degree in veterinary medicine in Hungary and then worked in Israel for five years as a partner in a small animal veterinary clinic. Afterward, he did his residency in dentistry and oral surgery at UCDavis and become a diplomate with the American Veterinary Dental College in 2012. He's been published numerous times, along with colleagues, including in the Journal of Veterinary Clinical Studies, Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Veterinary Surgery and many others. He joined the school as a post-doctoral fellow in 2010 working in the lab at the Department of Biomedical Engineering and also is on the staff at the schools' veterinary teaching hospital.
A professor with the University of California, Davis' Department of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Frank Verstraete has specialty areas that include veterinary dentistry and oral surgery. His research focuses on odontogenic tumors and the pathophysiology of tooth resorption, and he's received many honors and awards. Dr. Versratete has also been published in Veterinary Surgery, the Journal of Comparative Pathology, and many others publications, and has additionally authored book chapters. He is a fellow of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry, and a diplomate with both the American Veterinary Dental College and European College of Veterinary Surgeons.
Dr. Sandra Manfra Marretta teaches for the University of Illinois-Champaign including an online course offered through its Department of Veterinary Medicine called Clinical Small Animal Dentistry. She is a diplomate with both the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and American Veterinary Dental College, and has clinical interests that include periodontal and endodontic disease in cats and dogs and epidemiological studies of dental disease in these animals as well. Her work has been published in many different materials including in the Journal of Veterinary Dentistry.
A professor of dentistry in the clinical sciences department at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center, Dr. Gary Goldstein has written chapters in vet textbooks, has lectured on vet dentistry, and published various articles. His areas of interest include developing dental care products, such as toothbrushes for dogs and cats, and feline dental disease. He is a diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College and a fellow of the American Academy of Veterinary Dentistry. He is also former president of the American Veterinary Dental Society. Dr. Goldstein graduated with his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1984 from the university and joined the faculty there in 2002.
A faculty member at the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Missouri, Dr. Richard Meadows received the 2013 AVDS/Hill’s Award for Teaching Excellence by the American Veterinary Dental Society, given yearly to one person for either teaching or research. He has won numerous teaching awards, including the 2010 National Pfizer Teaching Award, which is considered a top veterinary teaching award within the U.S. He is a diplomate with the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, and has directed the Community Practice Section at the university's teaching hospital since 1999.
An associate professor of dentistry and oral surgery, Dr. Alexander Reiter is employed with the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. His clinical specialties include dentistry, dental surgery and oral exams and his research has looked at canine and feline periodontal surgery, tissue regeneration and maloccluding teeth. He is a diplomate of both the American Veterinary Dental College and European Veterinary Dental College, and he has had research published in the Journal of Veterinary Dentistry, Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, and Journal of Exotic Pet Medicine.
Dr. Jason Soukup is an assistant professor in dental and oral surgery at the University of Wisconsin, Madison's School of Veterinary Medicine. He did his residency in dental and oral surgery at the school from 2006 and 2009 and became board certified with the American Veterinary Dental College in 2009. His clinical interests include prosthodontics and oral and maxillofacial pathology. He provides clinical teaching to veterinary students and residents, and is also co-director of the school's Center for Comparative Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
An adjunct professor at Washington State University's College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Tammy White works with senior veterinary students who come through the university's Spokane Veterinary Specialty Teaching Clinic, as well has taught classes such as Dental Radiology and Dental Extraction Techniques. She also spends one day every month working on advanced dental cases at the school's teaching hospital in Pullman. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the university in 1996, and is a diplomate with the American Veterinary Dental College. She runs her own private veterinary clinic, where she also does advanced dentistry.
The following criteria were used in compiling this list of 15 Veterinary Dental Professors. Many of these professors have invested considerable time doing research or becoming involved in teaching in their field. Their experiences are all different, and so they could meet any of the following criteria for this list::
Advanced training: Nearly all of the professors on this list have reached diplomate status with a group such as the American Veterinary Dental College or even as a fellow with the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry. Diplomates typically have four to eight years of additional training after graduating from a DVM program and achieve expertise in a specialty area.
Teaching in a university-affiliated animal hospital:A good number of the professors on this list train fourth-year veterinary students or students in other stages of their DVM program. Their teaching may include overseeing students or providing lectures or instruction about certain animal-care techniques.
Published in academic journals or other media: From The Journal of Veterinary Dentistry to the Journal of Surgical Research, many of these professors have had work or research published in academic journals, book chapters, or other outlets. Publication shows that these professors are invested in their fields, and in promulgating the spread of information that is foundational to their interests.