What Is PDU?

Pet Dental University’s sole mission is to increase the standard of oral healthcare for pets. All courses at Pet Dental University are approved for CE Credit through FL DBPR. Come experience the difference of small class sizes, expert instructors and state of the art equipment! We offer a variety of classes that will help enhance the dental services offered at your clinic.

Expert Instructors

The team at Pet Dental University has a combined 30 years of training and 60 years of clinical experience. We have experts representing each major department of veterinary dentistry. Having a Veterinary Dentist, a Veterinary Dental Technician and Veterinary Anesthetist allows us to train the entire team for a more successful dental service in any veterinary practice.

Dr. Gingerich is a 2003 graduate of the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine and completed a residency in dentistry and oral surgery at the University of Minnesota in 2012. Dr. Gingerich has been a national lecturer and instructor of Veterinary Dentistry since 2010.  Dr. Gingerich also serves as an instructor to veterinary students at the University of Florida.

Jennifer Dupre-Welsh became a Certified Veterinary Technician in 1992 and a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Anesthesia in 2005. Jennifer also become a Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner in 2013. She has been a national instructor and lecturer since 2005, including 14 years of teaching at Ross University, St. Kitts.

Denise Rollings graduated with honors from the technical college of Madison, WI in 2001. Ms. Rollings began to focus her interests in Veterinary Dentistry in 2010 and became a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Dentistry in 2014. Denise has been a national lecturer and instructor in Veterinary Dentistry since 2014.

Course Topics

Dental Anatomy, Pathology and Charting
Dental Cleaning Equipment and techniques
Dental Radiography Positioning and Techniques
Dental Radiography Interpretation for DVM’s
Oral Surgery Wet Labs for DVM’s
Anesthesia for Technicians and DVM’s
Pain Management for Dental Patients
Anesthesia Equipment and Monitoring

Commonly Asked Questions

Does My Pet Need A Dental Cleaning?

Dental cleanings should be recommended based on each individual pet’s level of plaque and calculus build up and gingivitis. For some pets, cleanings may be necessary every 6 months, for others it could be every couple of years. More importantly, pets need to have routine oral evaluations with dental probing and full mouth dental radiographs no less than every 2 years and in some pets every 6 months. This includes pets who may have minimal plaque, calculus or gingivitis. It must be understood that clean teeth are not always healthy and therefore could be causing you pet pain or discomfort.

My Dog Has Bad Breath.

Bad breath is the number one symptom of advanced dental disease in pets. In most cases, bad breath in pets originates from disease causing bacteria. When pathogenic bacteria begin to flourish in the mouth, bad breath develops. It is important to have your pet’s oral health fully assessed with thorough oral examination and dental radiographs as soon as bad breath is noticed to prevent severe infections and tooth loss. These bacteria can also negatively affect other parts of the body and contribute to cardiac or renal disease.

My Pet Has Increased Risks For Anesthesia, How Can They Get The Dental Care They Need?

It is not fair to make a pet live with chronic dental pain and infection because they are considered an increased risk for anesthesia. At Pet Dental Center, we specialize in providing high level anesthesia care for geriatric pets and those with increased risks such as heart, kidney, liver, neurologic, diabetes and Cushing’s diseases. Because of our reputation for providing the highest level of anesthesia care possible, we average treating one high risk patient each day. Trust your pet with the ones who perform the most anesthesia procedures in high risk patients, Pet Dental Center.

Is It Normal For My Pet’s Teeth To Fall Out?

Baby or deciduous teeth are supposed to fall out when dogs and cats are teething, between 3 and 7 months of age. Adult or permanent teeth are present for the life of a dog and cat as long as they are healthy. If your pet is losing adult teeth there is severe dental disease. Advanced periodontal disease is the most likely cause for a pet losing teeth although dental fractures and tooth resorption are other likely causes.

What Kind Of Chews Are Good For My Pet’s Teeth?

Brushing your pet’s teeth is the best way to prevent dental disease at home and should be performed daily. When your pet does not accept brushing or for supplemental dental care in those pets who are getting their teeth brushed, dental chews can be a good choice. We recommend using dental chews that have the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC) seal of approval. This verifies that the product has been tested in clinical trials and was shown to significantly reduce plaque or calculus. We also recommend slowly introducing dental chews by offering a reduced amount of the chew and observing your pet while chewing. This is to make sure he or she does not swallow a large portion of the chew that could lead to choking or digestive complications. Hard chew objects such as bones, hooves, antlers, thick rawhide products and plastic toys often lead to dental fractures and should always be avoided.