Teaching Program

This page provides information on the teaching program in Dentistry & Oral Surgery of the Department of Surgical and Radiological Sciences of UC Davis’ School of Veterinary Medicine.

The veterinary dentistry curriculum for DVM students offered at UC Davis has three components: (1) a didactic lecture course; (2) three practical sessions; and (3) a 2-week clinical rotation. 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 is taught in a dedicated eight-unit dental laboratory facility. The clinical rotation takes place in the Michael R. Floyd Dental Operatory, a four-unit dental clinic within the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital.

Drs. Frank J.M. Verstraete and Boaz Arzi are the full-time faculty members for the Dentistry & Oral Surgery program. Drs. David C. Hatcher, Milinda Lommer, and Amy Fulton are clinical professor volunteers. Kimi Kan-Rohrer is a clinical instructor.