Current News

Full Range of Equine Dentistry Procedures Offered

December 14, 2015

Dr. Nicola Pusterla leads the Equine Medicine and Dentistry Service.

Dr. Nicola Pusterla leads the Equine Medicine and Dentistry Service.

Equine dental care has experienced a resurgence of interest in the past few years and has become an integral part of every equine practice. The Equine Medicine and Dentistry Service has established excellence in routine and advanced equine dentistry with the goal of promoting education for students and veterinarians, while providing a full range of dental procedures for equine patients.

Veterinarians in the Service lead a team focused on diagnosing and treating horses with disorders of the teeth, mouth and sinuses. Problems in these areas may affect proper digestion of food or control of the horse while under saddle. Procedures offered by the Service include: teeth extractions; comprehensive oral evaluations; periodontal treatments; and restorations, fillings and endodontics.

Faculty veterinarians are eager to help other practicing veterinarians by offering professional continuing education workshops and laboratories at UC Davis where veterinarians from throughout the country learn about the examination of the horse’s oral cavity and anatomy, as well as the use of tools, imaging, and other advanced techniques. The faculty also regularly speak at national and international conferences about new advances in equine dentistry.

In addition, the Service welcomes referring veterinarians and horse owners to contact faculty members to consult on a patient. UC Davis equine dentistry veterinarians can be reached through the hospital’s Large Animal Clinic at 530-752-0290.

#   #   #

About the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital
The William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at the University of California, Davis—a unit of the #1 world ranked School of Veterinary Medicine—provides state-of-the-art clinical care while serving as the primary clinical teaching experience for DVM students and post graduate veterinarian residents. The VMTH treats more than 51,000 animals a year, ranging from cats and dogs to horses, cows and exotic species. To learn more about the VMTH, please go to Timely news updates can be received on its Facebook ( and Twitter ( pages.

Media Contact:
Rob Warren
VMTH Communications & Marketing Officer