Board Certification

Why is board certification for veterinary dental specialists important?


The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Board of Veterinary Specialties recognizes only medical and surgical specialists that have completed board certification through their specialty organization. In North America, there is only one AVMA recognized specialty college for veterinary dentistry in horses and pets: the American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC).

A Board Certified Veterinary DentistTM and Board Certified Equine Veterinary DentistTM  are titles reserved only for veterinarians who have successfully completed residency training through the AVDC and have passed the AVDC’s certifying examinations.

These dental specialists, called diplomates, are uniquely qualified to perform advanced dentistry and oral surgery for patients, teach in veterinary schools, and provide continuing education in dentistry to veterinarians in general practice.


How do I know that my pet’s dentist is a Board Certified Veterinary DentistTM ?


Every Board Certified Veterinary DentistTM  and Board Certified Equine Veterinary DentistTM  can be found in the AVDC directory provided on this website. Diplomates of the AVDC are proud to serve our communities.

To find your local Board Certified Veterinary DentistTM  and/or Board Certified Equine
Veterinary DentistTM, click here.