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Dr Tucker began his dental referral service for Auckland veterinary practices whilst he was studying to become a Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College.

Since graduating as a Diplomate and starting the AVD&OS practice he has provided a referral service for pets and working dogs all over New Zealand as well as carrying out work on zoo animals in Hamilton and Auckland. Currently Dr Tucker is the only American registered Veterinary Dental Specialist in New Zealand, having completed the relevant postgraduate study and certification. As well as providing assistance and education for clients seeking his services, Dr Tucker also provides learning opportunities for veterinarians and veterinary nurses who wish to become more knowledgeable and skilled in veterinary dental care.

About the American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC)

Established in 1998, the College is recognised by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) as the certifying organisation for specialists in veterinary dentistry.

The AVDC is committed to progress in veterinary dentistry by promoting continuing education programs for its members and veterinarians that are interested in developing and maintaining their techniques in veterinary dentistry.

New knowledge, instrumentation and techniques continually develop and Diplomates of the AVDC stay focused on these events and are often the leaders in development of state-of-the-art techniques in the field of veterinary dentistry.

The AVDC believes that quality dental care for animals promotes increased longevity, decreases pain and results in an improved quality of life for pets.

For more information regarding the AVDC click on the following link:

What is a Board Certified Veterinary Dentist?

Dentistry is one of more than 20 specialties currently recognised by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).

Board certification requires the completion of 3-6 years of training in the area of specialisation, in addition to the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (or the New Zealand equivalent, the Bachelor of Veterinary Science).

Candidates are required to pass advanced credential requirements set by the AVMA. In addition to comprehensive training in the area of expertise, a veterinarian must submit credentials of expertise to a review board of the relevant college.

If accepted at this point by the AVDC, an extensive written and practical examination must be successfully achieved before being acknowledged as a board certified Veterinary Dentist.

Currently there are just 100 board certified veterinary dentists worldwide, of which Dr Tucker is the only one in New Zealand.

Auckland Veterinary Dentistry and Oral Surgery (AVD & OS)

Upon graduating as a Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC), Dr Tucker created the AVD & OS as a referral service for veterinary dentistry and oral surgery. Dr Tucker is the only Diplomate of the AVDC in New Zealand.

Patients are accepted by referral from their own veterinarians. A clinical history and summary is forwarded by AVD & OS to the referring veterinarian after treatment.

In addition to accepting patients from veterinary clinics all over NZ, Dr Tucker provides dental services for working dogs belonging to the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind, the New Zealand Police and for a range of exotic animals at both the Hamilton and Auckland Zoos.

AVD & OS provides high quality, advanced dental care that challenges the standards of the veterinary profession and provides a unique service for animal oral health in NZ.

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If you are a referring veterinarian, please use the Patient Referrral Form.