Resources

Helpful websites and associations for veterinary professionals.

AVDC

American Veterinarian Dental College

AVDT

Academy of Veterinary Dental Technicians

WSAVT

Washington State Association of Veterinary Technicians

Help Stop Pet Dental Pain

A non-profit site created by Board-Certified Veterinary Dentists and Veterinary Dental Health Professionals to help you and your veterinarian take care of your pet’s teeth and gums.

AAHA Guidelines

for the Veterinary Practice.

2020 AAHA Anesthesia and Monitoring Guidelines for Dogs and Cats*

Risk for complications and even death is inherent to anesthesia. However, the use of guidelines, checklists, and training can decrease the risk of anesthesia-related adverse events. These tools should be used not only during the time the patient is unconscious but also before and after this phase. The framework for safe anesthesia delivered as a continuum of care from home to hospital and back to home is presented in these guidelines. 

2019 AAHA Dental Care Guidelines for Dogs and Cats*

The 2019 AAHA Dental Care Guidelines for Dogs and Cats outline a comprehensive approach to support companion animal practices in improving the oral health and often, the quality of life of their canine and feline patients.

Nonanesthetic Dentistry

Nonanesthetic dentistry (NAD), also referred to as anesthesia-free dentistry, is a procedure in which the teeth are scaled and polished without the benefit of general anesthesia. NAD is considered not appropriate because of patient stress, injury, risk of aspiration, and lack of diagnostic capabilities. Because this procedure is intended to only clean the visible surface of the teeth, it provides the pet owner with a false sense of benefit to their pet’s oral health.69,70

Free Web Conference

Step-by-Step Anesthetic Safety

Implementing the 2020 AAHA Anesthesia and Monitoring Guidelines for Dogs and Cats

Books

Read about veterinary dentistry.

Companion Animal Dentistry for Veterinary Technicians
by Mary L. Berg, BS, LATG, RCT, VTS

Companion Animal Dentistry for Veterinary Technicians provides practical approaches to commonly performed dental procedures and comprehensive coverage of essential topics including the selection of dental equipment, radiology, dental cleanings, and anesthesia.