Education and Training of Animal Dentistry & Oral Surgery Dentists & Oral Surgeons:
Dr. Buelow is an American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC) board-certified veterinary dentist and oral surgeon. There are less than 160 veterinarians in the world with this degree. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) oversees all of the veterinary specialty colleges, of which the AVDC is one. The AVDC oversees the training and certification process for all board-certified veterinary dentists. Board-certified veterinary dentists have the standard four years of undergraduate college education as well as a four-year doctorate in veterinary medicine and surgery (DVM degree). Additionally, as part of the AVDC training, Dr. Buelow has completed a dentistry and oral surgery residency program. Residency programs involve multi-year training beyond the four years of veterinary college training as well as passing extensive certification exams. The experienced, trained eye of the dental specialist often discerns subtle changes indicative of oral diseases that may be missed during an oral exam performed as part of a routine physical exam.
Education and Training of ADOS Licensed Veterinary Technicians (LVTs):
ADOS only employs Licensed Veterinary Technicians (LVTs). Our LVTs have attended accredited schools of veterinary technology and are certified and licensed by the state of Virginia. They each have years of combined veterinary specialty level experience as LVTs as well as years of experience in the general veterinary field. Extensive hours of continuing education in both dentistry and anesthesia are completed by our LVTs every year. The LifeCentre also provides regular accredited continuing education in all specialty fields such as cardiology, emergency and critical care, behavior, internal medicine, and surgery. Our LVTs benefit from this CE and are able to apply this knowledge to the daily care of our patients who are often geriatric and may have cardiac disease or other important underlying medical conditions.