The American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC) is the clinical specialist organization for veterinary dentists, accredited by the American Board of Veterinary Specialties of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

A primary objective of AVDC is to provide support of training programs for veterinarians who wish to become certified as Diplomates in the College.

The AVDC was established in 1988 and provisional accreditation as a veterinary specialty college was granted by the American Board of Veterinary Specialties following review of a detailed application indicating the need for a veterinary dental specialty.

The first examination for new members was held in 1989. Full recognition as an approved specialty was granted in 1995, and the College has grown rapidly.

The AVDC is unusual among ABVS-approved colleges in that the discipline largely developed as a result of interest and expertise developed by veterinarians in small animal practice, rather than as a result of being nurtured in veterinary schools. Human dentists have made significant contributions to the development of veterinary dentistry, and collaboration between the two professions is on-going.

The first AVDC-approved full-time residency training program was established in 1989. Applicants to the College now consist of a mixture of veterinarians who are undergoing full-time residency training programs and those who are developing the required knowledge and experience in an alternate pathway part-time program from practice.

If you would like information on either the full-time residency program or the alternate pathway program, visit this link.

Download the excel template required for tracking dental cases for the AVDC.