RCVS position on non-veterinary surgeons undertaking dentistry.
section 19 (4) of the Veterinary Surgeons Act provides that:
‘Subsection (1) of this section shall not prohibit-
(d) the carrying out or performance of any treatment, test or operation by a registered medical practitioner or a registered dentist at the request of a person registered in the register of veterinary surgeons or the supplementary veterinary register;’
Our position is that it is not permissible for human medics/dentists to use this routinely. Circumstances in which it may be appropriate to use the exemption would be where a veterinary surgeon needs to obtain the assistance of a medic/dentist with some complex surgery which otherwise could not be undertaken by any veterinary surgeon, and where the veterinary surgeon has identified a specific problem and has requested the involvement of a medic/dentist for a particular purpose. Each case should be determined on its own merits to see if it is suitable for a medic/dentist to be involved – and because the circumstances are so rare in which it should be invoked, it would be likely that the RCVS would be approached for advice on doing so before each instance.
For the vast majority of dental cases, the necessary expertise will exist in the veterinary world and so there would be no need to invoke the exemption. We would not expect a veterinary surgeon to use the exemption for cost reasons or to avoid referring a client to another veterinary surgeon. There would need to be a solid justification for why the necessary treatment could not be done by a veterinary surgeon. If a veterinary surgeon was to use the services of a registered dentist routinely for animal dentistry, there could be both animal welfare and professional conduct implications.
The BVDA held possibly the world's first 2 stream Virtual Veterinary Dental Conference on 23/9/20, in conjunction with The Webinar Vet. The day was a great success with 169 delegates from 15 countries around the world live on the day, and another 100 (so far) registered to watch the recordings. The big advantage of a virtual 2 stream conference is that delegates can watch one stream live, and the recordings of the other stream later – or watch the whole recorded event at leisure, one presentation at a time.
The Keynote speaker was Professor Iain Chapple, head of the Birmingham Dental School, on the subject of the links between periodontal disease and systemic disease. He also presented on the current world classification of periodontal disease.
Other talks in the Essential stream covered dental examination, oral masses, malocclusions, radiology, case reports, surgical extractions, and an introduction to advanced dental procedures.
The Advanced stream presentations included canine chronic ulcerative stomatitis, the latest insights in companion animal oral health, TMJ research, hidden dangers within dental units, and oral histopathology.
The post event feedback was universally positive, based upon the smooth running of the program on the day, and the quality of both the speakers and their presentations. The BVDA is extremely grateful to all our speakers for making this Conference such a success.
Those who missed the event can still access all 13 hours of quality CPD at:-
The diagnosis and management of dental and oral disease represents a major component of small animal practice. This modular programme will provide a thorough, informed case-based approach to such cases.
Through lectures, case discussions and practical sessions in a state-of-the-art wet-lab, you will learn how to approach the dog, cat and exotic patient presenting with the various manifestations of oral pathology in a logical and scientific manner.
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