Congratulations to Claire passing the VTS examinations in the USA to become a member of the Academy of Veterinary Dental Technicians. She is now a designated Veterinary Technician Specialist (Dentistry) - the first such award given outside North America.

The qualification requires the candidate to undertake a rigourous credentialing programme over a minimum of two years before passing a qualifying examination including both theory and practical elements. The examination is held in Las Vegas.


1. The influence of oral bacteria on tissue levels of Toll-like receptors and cytokine mRNA's in feline chronic gingivostaomatitis and oral health. Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology Feb 2013 151(3-4) 263-274 Dolieslager SM, Lappin DF, Bennett D, Graham L, Johnston N, Riggio MP.

2. Novel bacterial phylotypes associated with the healthy feline oral cavity and feline chronic gingivostomatitis. Research in Veterinary Science. Epub ahead of print Dec 19 2012. Dolieslager SM, Bennett D, Johnston N, Riggio MP.

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We attended the first ever AOVET North America course in Las Vegas in February 2013 on the Operative Treatment of Veterinary Craniomaxillofacial Trauma and Reconstruction in order to keep fully up to date in this exciting area. See the Oral Trauma page in the Referral & Clinical section for more news


This article by us was published in Veterinary Times in their 5th November 2012 issue. The article examines the results of a survey performed each year by VetFile with regard to the attitude of vets and nurses to oral and dental conditions and the care they provide. It provides an interesting insight into the "real world" of veterinary practice.

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