The performance of dentistry on animals is part of the practice of veterinary medicine and is regarded as such under state veterinary practice acts. Veterinary dentistry includes the cleaning, adjustment, filing, extraction, or repair of animals' teeth, and all other aspects of oral health care in animals. Veterinary dentistry is a function of veterinary practice because it requires diagnosis and treatment, and, to be fully effective, demands extensive knowledge of anatomy, anesthesiology, pharmacology, physiology, pathology, radiology, neurology, medicine, and surgery that is part of the graduate veterinarian's training. Veterinary health care workers may be allowed to perform certain dental procedures as directed under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian in accordance with state regulations.
2014 American Veterinary Medical Association