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About the American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC)

Dr Tucker began his dental referral service for Auckland veterinary practices whilst he was studying to become a Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College.


Established in 1998, the College is recognised by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) as the certifying organisation for specialists in veterinary dentistry.

The AVDC is committed to progress in veterinary dentistry by promoting continuing education programs for its members and veterinarians that are interested in developing and maintaining their techniques in veterinary dentistry.

New knowledge, instrumentation and techniques continually develop and Diplomates of the AVDC stay focused on these events and are often the leaders in development of state-of-the-art techniques in the field of veterinary dentistry.

The AVDC believes that quality dental care for animals promotes increased longevity, decreases pain and results in an improved quality of life for pets.

For more information regarding the AVDC visit their website

What is a Board Certified Veterinary Dentist?

Dentistry is one of more than 20 specialties currently recognised by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).

Board certification requires the completion of 3-6 years of training in the area of specialisation, in addition to the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (or the New Zealand equivalent, the Bachelor of Veterinary Science).

Candidates are required to pass advanced credential requirements set by the AVMA. In addition to comprehensive training in the area of expertise, a veterinarian must submit credentials of expertise to a review board of the relevant college.

If accepted at this point by the AVDC, an extensive written and practical examination must be successfully achieved before being acknowledged as a board certified Veterinary Dentist.