Our dental department at VCA Highlands Ranch Animal Specialty and Emergency Center has been busy this summer, and as we move into Fall, there is no letting up. Our team of Dr. Eisner, Trudy and Kathy has been together going on 15 years and are pleased to say we are happily being introduced to the next generation of dental clients.
Our volume of cases continues to grow, particularly in root canal therapy, periodontal case management and oral surgery, and our out-of-hospital charity work has also been very active.
We have also been busy teaching and giving presentations. Dr. Eisner is giving 7 presentations this year nationally at the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) annual conference; statewide at the CVMA (Colorado Veterinary Medical Association) annual conference; the CACVT (Colorado Association of Certified Veterinary Technicians) Spring conference, as well as 3 days teaching at the Oquendo Educational Center in Las Vegas; and locally teaching digital radiology at Banfield clinics. Kathy and Trudy have also been training in digital intra-oral radiography at Banfield clinics locally, and Kathy teaching throughout the west for a commercial company, SCIL Animal Care.
Our work with the Veterinary Dentists Without Borders (VDWOB) program of the Peter Emily International Veterinary Dental Foundation has added new sanctuaries we serve throughout the lower 48 states. The list of animals and animal species that we help in improving their oral health is ever increasing.
Recently VDWOB has travelled to sanctuaries in Texas, North Carolina, Indiana, Wisconsin and Colorado, and will shortly be travelling to Florida as well. We truck about 800 pounds of equipment across the country a week ahead of time, and twelve to twenty-two volunteer veterinary dentists, and support personnel converge at the appointed sanctuary from practices and homes of a half dozen states to perform root canal therapy and oral surgery on ailing lions, and tigers, and bears (and others), oh my. We usually travel on Friday, work Saturday and Sunday and travel home and to our practices on Monday. Our work has been very successful and improved the appetite, temperament and general well-being of dozens of captive wild animals, some that have been hurting for years before their rescue and adoption by their new life-long sanctuary. We are always looking for new volunteers, and of course donors. People interested in volunteering or donating, or licensed non-profit sanctuaries in need, can find more information at www.peteremilyfoundation.org.