Dr. Sharon French, Fellow of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry, and Dr. Danny DeRose, Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College – oversee the dentistry service at the VEC. They manage all manners of oral disease in animals, with the primary goal being to restore and maintain proper mouth function, as well as to relieve any pain caused by the associated maladies. In addition, establishing oral health reduces secondary effects on organ function (e.g. liver) from the spread of infection from the mouth via the blood.

Drs. French and DeRose are supported by a team of registered veterinary technicians, as well they consult with the various other experts available at the VEC, including board certified internists, surgeons, neurologist and anesthesiologists and provide veterinary dental consultation for a variety of external facilities such as the Metro Toronto Zoo.

The advanced dentistry suites at the VEC contains of the necessary supplies and equipment for the dentists to perform any necessary oral procedure including:

Oral Surgery to treat:

  • Fractures of the jaw, teeth or
  • Other facial trauma
  • Oral tumors
  • Complex extractions
  • Palatal defects


  • Root canal therapy
  • Repair/treatment of broken teeth with pulp exposure


  • Bite correction

Dental Radiography:

  • Evaluation of dental disease
  • Diagnosis and treatment planning
  • TMJ (temporomandibular joints)


  • Bonding
  • Crowns
  • Fillings

Periodontics, treatment of:

  • Gingivitis – bleeding gums
  • Gingival (gun) and bone recession
  • Loose teeth
  • Periodontal pockets

Oral Medicine, diagnosis and treatment of:

  • Severe inflammatory conditions of the mouth in dogs and cats
  • Oral pain: Inability to open/close mouth – musculoskeletal conditions of the head
  • Facial swelling or discharge

Consultations with Drs. French and DeRose are available by referral from your primary care veterinarian.