Dr. Cedric Tutt, a diplomate and past president of the EVDC and a member of the BVDA, performing dentistry procedures  on A dolphin Dr. Cedric Tutt, a diplomate and past president of the EVDC and a member of the BVDA, performing dentistry procedures on A dolphin

British Veterinary Dentistry Association (BVDA), Not Dolphin?!

Written by Gerhard Putter BVSc, MANZCVS (Dentistry and Oral Surgery), RCVS recognised Advanced Practitioner (Dentistry)  MRCVS.

As the Public Relations officer of the BVDA, I recently spent some time manning the BSAVA affiliated groups’ stand at the annual congress in the normal place in Birmingham.

 This offered me and representatives of the other affiliated groups the opportunity to chat to vet and nurse colleagues meandering past on their way to redeem this congress voucher for a free ice cream or try their hand at being jockeys on the mechanical horses at the far end.

When I asked one of these passers-by whether I could talk to them about the BVDA she answered: “I don't really treat all that many dolphins!”   I have to admit it is quite obvious that at a stand at the 60th annual BSAVA Congress, celebrated as the world’s leading small animal veterinary conference, one can safely assume be the “B” in this abbreviation probably stands for British and the “V” most likely for veterinary? I have to admit that that is about as close as I got to recognising other affiliated groups like BVRSMA (British Veterinary Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine Association) and BVDSG (British Veterinary Dermatology Study Group).  In our abbreviation the “D” is for Dental!

It was quite disappointed that all visitors to the stand did not instantly recognised associate the “BVDA” as the British Veterinary Dental Association; especially with the fact that the BVDA would be celebrating 30 years of existence in 2018.

The main aim of the British Veterinary Dental Association is to promote and improve dentistry and oral care for all animals under our care. The main way in which we try to achieve this is through training and teaching. The BVDA remains very involved in teaching final year undergraduate students dentistry. It remains a sad fact that at many UK universities this might be some of the only dentistry training that these students would receive. The BVDA also organises postgraduate dentistry CPD meetings throughout the year. Our current very successful cooperation with the BVNA (the British Veterinary Nurses Association by the way) to produce the Oral Care Nurse program have underlined our commitment to assist veterinary nurses to be better equipped to play their significant part in the activities of practice dentistry teams.

Our members represent various interest groups.  Some of our members are diplomates of the European and/or American Veterinary Dental Colleges (EVDC or AVDC) and RCVS recognised specialists in dentistry. We now also have a few EVDC equine dentistry specialists as part of this group. Another small group of members are currently working very hard to produce acceptable  credentials package to be eligible to write the very comprehensive exam to join this elite group. Most of our members though, are first opinion veterinary surgeons and nurses that have recognise the importance of dentistry and oral care in day-to-day practice and strive to provide the service that our clients and patients deserve.  During our bi-annual scientific day and the dentistry CPD that we organise we strive to accommodate these varied interests and levels of expertise.

Membership is available to practicing veterinarians and veterinary students, human dentists and student and qualified veterinary nurses and is extremely affordable.  Further information about the Veterinary Dental Journal and other publications and newsletters as well as membership costs are available on the BVDA web site.

So now that you know that the BVDA only occasionally involve dolphins and always dentistry, become a member and sign up to improved oral care!

Written by Gerhard Putter BVSc, MANZCVS (Dentistry and Oral Surgery), RCVS recognised Advanced Practitioner (Dentistry)  MRCVS.

Public Relations Officer of the British Veterinary Dental Association

All Animal Dental Centre Sudbury Suffolk UK

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