The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine and Midmark Corp. of Versailles, Ohio, recently developed a dental suite at the UT Veterinary Medical Center in an effort to promote knowledge and practice of veterinary dentistry and oral surgery.
“Dentistry is an important component of animal health that should be integrated into veterinary practices,” said Sharon Startup, DVM, of the school’s department of small animal clinical sciences. “Nearly 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats show signs of oral disease by age three, yet dental health in today’s veterinary teaching hospitals receive less than 10 percent of the focus.”
The dental suite features Midmark custom configured casework, a Canis Major Lift Table, a fixed height wet treatment table, stools and a VetPro 1000 Dental Delivery System. The college expects to add another VetPro delivery system and additional hand pieces later this year in the suite.
“The new dental suite and Midmark equipment have increased our efficiency by allowing two separate procedures to be performed simultaneously,” said Dr. Startup. “Our increased caseload has provided excellent exposure and experience for our students.”
The suite will also provide Midmark with insight into future product development.
“This partnership enables us to work closely with a leading veterinary school to further the importance and education of veterinary dental health while providing Midmark a unique learning opportunity to observe our products in a clinical learning environment,” said Jamie Renner, Midmark’s market manager for veterinary products. “This helps us further refine our veterinary dental products to be more efficient and effective and develop new innovations for the future of veterinary practices.”