William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital

Teaching Program

This Web site provides information on the teaching program in Dentistry & Oral Surgery of the Department of Surgical and Radiological Sciences of the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California, Davis.


The veterinary dentistry curriculum for DVM-students offered at UC Davis has three components: (1) a 2.4-unit (24-hour) didactic lecture course; (2) three 4-hour practical sessions; and (3) a 2-week clinical rotation. All three components are part of the elective curriculum. In addition, the VSR407R course is offered to the residents. It consists of weekly 2-hour reviews of the current literature pertaining to comparative oral biology, surgery and medicine, and related basic sciences; half of the sessions are based on topics assigned by the Residency Director, while the other half consist of critical reviews of recent papers chosen by the participants.


The didactic lecture course is taught in a traditional lecture room and the laboratory course in a dedicated eight-dental unit laboratory facility. The clinical rotation takes place in the Michael R. Floyd Dental Operatory, a three-unit dental clinic within the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital.


Drs. Frank J.M. Verstraete, Milinda Lommer and Boaz Arzi are the faculty members for the Dentistry & Oral Surgery program.