AVDC Veterinary Dental Training Programs

- Pre-January 1st, 2014 Requirements

English is the official language of AVDC. All documents, forms and examinations provided by AVDC are written in English, and all materials submitted by trainees and residents are to be written in English.

This web page does not apply to veterinarians whose training program has a registered start-date of January 1st, 2014 or later, or to veterinarians in the Equine Diploma track - for information on that track, click Equine Diploma.

General Requirements
Be a graduate of a college or school of veterinary medicine accredited or approved by AVMA; possess a certificate issued by the Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates (ECFVG) or equivalent; or be legally qualified to practice veterinary medicine in some state, province, territory or possession of the United States, Canada or other country.
Training Program
Successfully complete one of training programs described below (AP, RP).
Diplomate Supervision

Complete the Visitation (AP pathway) or Diplomate Supervision (RP pathway) requirement.

Case Load
The minimum total number of cases and the Minimum Required Case Load (MRCL - specified minima for certain categories) are stated and defined on the Case Log page. All cases on the MRCL list must have been reviewed by an AVDC or EVDC Diplomate.
Case Log
A case log is to be kept, conforming to the AVDC case log requirements current on the date of the procedure. A dental chart must be available for all logged cases. See Case Log Requirements.
Case Reports
Approval of four case reports or two publications. See Case Report requirement.
Radiograph Sets
Approval full-mouth radiograph sets for a dog and a cat.
Dental Charts, Equiment List
Approval of Dental Charts and Equipment List.
Related Specialty
Complete 40 hours of training in each of the following disciplines: Anesthesia, Surgery, and Radiology, supervised by Diplomates of the relevant specialty colleges.
Annual Report
Submit an Annual Report of traiining program activities. The form is available from the Information for Registered Residents web page

For detailed information on any of these general requirements, view the the links in individual items above.

Training Pathways

Alternate Pathway Training Program (AP):

The minimally acceptable AP program is four years following a one-year internship or one year in clinical veterinary practice. The purpose is to permit part time training that is equivalent in total experience to the two years of full time training in veterinary dentistry required of residents at approved sites. A maximum of 10 years, includiing leaves of absence, is permitted for completion of an AP program; however, note that the caselog submitted for credentialing can only include cases seen during the most recent six years.

Every AP trainee is supervised by an AVDC Diplomate during the training program. For information on the Supervisor-Mentee arrangement, click Supervisor-Mentor Manual.

Visitation Requirement: A minimum period of 12 weeks of direct supervision by the applicant’s Supervisor or other AVDC/EVDC Diplomate is required during an AP training period. This may include time spent at the diplomates or the applicant’s places of business. This 12-week period does not include the required time in related disciplines (anesthesia, surgery, radiology).

The AVDC case log and all other AVDC credentialing requirements must be met.

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Residency Program (RP):

Completion of a one-year rotating internship or equivalent in clinical veterinary practice is required before commencing a residency program. Residency is a two year full-time residency program at an institution or facility approved by the Training Support Committee of the College. Both the individual residency program and the residency site must be approved by AVDC prior to the starting date of the residency. 

The AVDC case log and all other requirements must be met.