For some time now Pfizer Animal Health have provided an initiative called "Dental Leadership" to raise the profile of dentistry and provide education for practice personnel. The area reps have available a selection of high quality literature aimed at the client, consulting room staff and reception area staff explaining some home truths about dental conditions. Combined with dental charts, CE seminars, and therapeutic agents (Antirobe™ and Doxirobe) they are determined to make the practitioner more aware of the scale of dental problems and the business potential in addressing the subject properly. Two bursaries per annum are awarded to VN's to attend courses.

Contact your local rep for details or visit the Dental Leadership website.

We are currently using non-invasive methods of repair for jaw fractures when possible.

In most cases this involves splinting by bonding composite resins to the teeth without the need for k-wires or external fixators. There are limitations with the invasive methods. Jaws have relatively thin bone and contain many important structures (tooth roots/blood vessels/nerves) easily damaged by pins or screws. Cats and small dogs with relatively simple fractures work best. Bigger dogs and more complex fractures may require a combination of composite resin and interdental or interfragmentary wiring. The main advantage is speed of surgery, lack of trauma from implants and reduction in cost. In addition the patient returns to function very quickly.

From 1st December 2009 our London & South East location for referral case has been taken over by Paul Hobson. The loaction is still the Runnymede Hill Veterinary Hospital in Egham, Surrey.

Runnymede Hill is an excellent location half a mile off junction 13 of the M25 on the Egham by-pass and between the M3 and M4 motorways. It is a full service veterinary hospital with excellent facilities and residential nursing care. The clinic day varies.

To make a booking please phone reception on 01784 43 63 67 or contact Paul Hobson by this This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or telephone him directly on 07973 510 486

In 2002, the American Veterinary Dental College and European Veterinary Dental College both formally admitted Norman Johnston as a diplomate.

In 2003 the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons conferred specialist status in Veterinary Dentistry based on credentials submitted covering the previous ten years.

He is now the only person in the world to be fully board certified in veterinary dentistry and oral surgery in the UK, Europe and North America.

The October 2003 meeting of RCVS Council cleared the confusion created over the years regarding what listed VN's were able to do in the oral cavity under Schedule 3 of the Veterinary Surgeons Act.

It is now clear that the RCVS will not allow listed VN's to extract teeth with instruments unless they are already mobile. In addition, work under the gum line (subgingival) or the creation of flaps for periodontal surgery is also now forbidden to non-veterinarians.

These are major changes and will substantially affect the way many practices work as regards dental work. The RCVS make the point that non-listed VN's or non-qualified staff already have no status in this area.