Just like people, dogs are in need of their own dog dentist. Teeth and gums are just as important to our canine friends as they are to us! Many dog owners are not aware that their pets can develop the same dental diseases as they can, which is a large factor in over 80 percent of dogs developing some sort of gum disease by the age of three. Plaque and tartar cause infections as well as inflammation of the gums and tissues of the teeth, causing bad breath and more. This problem is precisely why dogs are in need of their own dentists.
Becoming a dog dentist is difficult, and the thought of spending years in college surrounded by math and science should be well considered before making this decision. Students enrolled in a veterinary program must learn about many animals and diseases, surgical techniques, as well as laboratory and diagnostic medical procedures. The degree in question, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, will likely require at least two years before the major. Typically, it takes six years to complete the degree. To break it down into hours, a student will typically spend 40,000 in classroom, laboratory and clinical study. Evenings and weekends will be spent on assignments provided from classes, library research and independent study. Even after receiving the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, students will then have to receive additional education specializing in dentistry.
Get as much experience as possible from other veterinarians, either by internship or applying for a job. This will help you get a better grasp on what the job is like, help you better understand what needs to be done when becoming a dog dentist and to help you see whether or not you will truly enjoy what you will be doing. These dogs will be coming to you in need of dental help and these internships and job will ultimately help you decide whether you'll be the one to help them out and give them some healthy treats at the end of their visit!
Complete the degree! This will consist of two different phases. The first phase will include learning about preclinical sciences, among them including anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, microbiology and pathology. This is the time that will be most spent in classroom and laboratory study. The second and final phase will include learning the principles of surgery and medicine.
The final step is to take an exam and acquire a state to practice dog dentistry in your state. If not opening your own office of practice, find a hospital, a vet or a university in need of someone who specializes in dentistry to gain personal experience. Continue acquiring certificates in veterinary dentistry as you work to help better establish your reputation as well.