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Local Address: Austin, Texas, United States
American Veterinary Dental College
622 Maple Court
Haddonfield , New Jersey 08033
United States

Company Description: The American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC) is the clinical specialist organization for veterinary dentists, recognized by the American Board of Veterinary...   more

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  • High School
  • Sam Houston State University
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"How goes the mouth, so goes ..., 16 Feb 2015 [cached]
"How goes the mouth, so goes the health," said Dr. Bert Dodd, clinical professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. "Overall health can be affected by oral disease, which can get into the blood stream and affect the animal's internal organs and joints."
Dental disease affects a significant number of pets at any age during their lifetime, and just like with people, there can be serious consequences as a result of poor dental health.
Although pets aren't typically known to have minty-fresh breath, an extremely foul odor can be the first sign of a severe dental problem. "Often, exceptionally bad breath is the first indicator of oral disease," said Dr. Dodd.
"It generally is not a good idea to give your dogs any antlers or calf hooves, and don't let them chew on rocks or bones, as these can potentially cause harm to the gums and teeth," said Dr. Dodd. "You should be brushing their teeth regularly, using water additives, and providing them with safe chew toys" said Dr. Dodd. To play it safe, ask your vet to recommend toxin-free rawhide, nylon and rubber chew toys.
Another important step in caring for your pet's dental health is to have your vet perform a complete cleaning and examination on an annual basis. "Oral examinations and cleaning should be performed on your pet at the very least once a year," said Dr. Dodd.
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AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- One notable concern among veterinarians during Pet Dental Health Month is anesthesia-free dental cleaning, (sometimes mislabeled as anesthesia-free "dentistry.") According to Johnathon ("Bert") Dodd, DVM, FAVD, DAVDC, a clinical associate professor at Texas A&M University, anesthesia free "dentistry" or "dental cleaning" is simply an attempt to remove debris from the crown of the tooth by either brushing the teeth or scraping the teeth with a sharp instrument while attempting to restrain the patient.
"There is nothing wrong with a groomer or anyone else brushing a pet's teeth; however, to claim that proper cleaning under anesthesia is not needed is a completely false statement," said Dr. Dodd. "Additionally, anyone not under the direct supervision of a licensed veterinarian administering sedatives or anesthetics is committing malpractice. The American Veterinary Dental College has stated that anesthesia is essential for veterinary dental procedures, to ensure that the procedure can be completed successfully. Because some pet owners are reluctant regarding the use of anesthetics, it is important to note that veterinarians are trained to administer a proper dosage of anesthesia to an animal based on health, size and blood work. This creates an extremely low risk for the patient as well as much less pain.
"With over 20 years of experience cleaning teeth on many species of animals, I cannot, nor will I, attempt to clean an animal's teeth without anesthesia because the animal's periodontal structures can be too easily damaged with the use of dental instruments when the patient is not anesthetized," said Dr. Dodd.
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Bert Dodd, DVM, Dip AVDC
A 1979 graduate of Texas A&M's College of Veterinary Medicine, Dodd opened the Hiway 620 Animal Hospital in Austin, TX, in 1981. He received the TAVP Clinical Referral and Consultation Award for 2006. He received the TVMA Medical Specialty of the Year Award in 2008. He recieved the 2009 TVMA Award for Teaching. Dodd is also a Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College and is a past President of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry. Teaching veterinary dentistry to other veterinarians, veterinary students and veterinary technicians is one of his passions as he lectures throughout the United States. In 2004, Dodd was chosen "Fellow of the Year" by the Academy for his dedication to teaching dentistry to his colleagues. His time is devoted to teaching students how to treat dental problems in pets. Outside of veterinary dentistry, Dodd loves woodworking and baseball.
spotlight_08_dodd, 24 Feb 2009 [cached]
These days Dr. Dodd, or Bert, as his friends call him, uses his skill and experience to teach dentistry to veterinary students as a Clinical Associate Professor of Veterinary Dentistry at Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Dodd grew up in the Valley-the middle child, with one older sister and a younger brother. His father was a jeweler, and his mother and father worked together in the jewelry store. He spent summers working on the farm and in gas stations. In school, he played French horn in the band and was Drum Major through Junior High and High School.
After graduating from High School in 1967, Dr. Dodd went to Sam Houston State University where he was Drum Major of the band for two years. In his junior year of college, his science classes and labs interfered with marching band and he had a hard time keeping up with the demanding time commitment. Another welcome distraction at this time was his wedding.
Dr. Dodd and his wife grew up together and were high school sweethearts. She followed him to Sam Houston and they were married in the summer of love, May 3, 1969. She turned four years into three so they could graduate at the same time. He graduated in May 1971 and was in the process of being drafted, so he joined the Air Force. She graduated in August and joined him.
Dr. Dodd's undergraduate focus was in pre-dental, and he was on an alternate list for dental school when he was drafted. In the Air Force he served for four years as a medic. He never had much experience in veterinary medicine until he was in the service, and as a medic he found that he could do dentistry as a vet. His first assignment was Okinawa, and from there he was transferred to Bergstrom for his final two years. That's how he ended up getting to Austin.
After four years of service, Dodd began working for Dr. James Wood in Austin.
Dodd gained admittance to the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University and attended from 1976-1979. Upon completion, he returned to work for Dr. Wood on every break from vet school, and Dr. Wood eventually hired Dodd fulltime when he completed his education. In April 1981, Dr. Dodd opened his own Austin-area small animal practice, Hiway 620 Animal Hospital.
It was five years later at a dental CE course in Dallas that Dr. Dodd's interests and passions began to truly change his career path.
After rekindling his excitement about dentistry, he became a dedicated scholar-taking every dentistry CE course he could find all over the country. A few years later, he gained admission to the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry, of which he later served as president (1999-2001) and became a Fellow. An eternal student of his craft, Dr. Dodd continued to gain more and more dental knowledge everywhere he could and started taking dental referrals in Austin at his general practice.
By 1993, he was overrun by referrals and needed help with his general practice, so he took on a partner, Dr. Randy Smith. That same year he began his Alternate Pathway Residency Program for the American Veterinary Dental College under the mentorship of Dr. Bob Wiggs in Dallas. The practice continued to grow, and in 1998 he took on a second partner, Dr. Jim Richardson. Dodd continued to pursue his residency, which he completed in 2001. He took the exam for the College and successfully completed all parts two years later. Meanwhile, Dr. Dodd had been making a name for himself as an expert in veterinary dentistry and his expertise was being requested for lectures, labs and seminars across the nation.
This is the point in the story where I deduce that the man sitting across from me must have preternatural abilities. Dr. Dodd describes it with much greater humility. He was running a general practice, doing a residency program and raising three kids, which he refers to as "quite time-consuming."
Dr. Dodd enjoys both practicing and teaching, but acknowledges that in one lifetime, you can only wholly immerse yourself in one or the other, especially when you're raising three children. Most people go through college, do an internship or residency and 3-4 years later they're done. It was ten years from the time Dr. Dodd started his residency until completion.
In 2002, Dr. Dodd was asked to come over to A&M to do a root canal on Bobby the bear, Baylor University's mascot.
Dr. Dodd sold his dental practice and was working at TAMU-CVM fulltime by March 2006, teaching dentistry to fourth year students and dental lectures and electives to the third year students.
The people he admired the most in vet school were the ones who had been in private practice for years and came back to teach. He remembers thinking, "After 25 years in private practice, maybe I have something I can offer students.
It is apparent that being in the suite with the students in this capacity is Dr. Dodd's happy place. He leans against the cabinets, laughs and smiles, constantly sharing jokes with the students and Tommy (who has been his technician for the last 20 years). They talk about the previous evening's baseball all-star game and the recent popularity of croc sandals. "Grand Slam" by Shorty Rogers and his Giants plays softly from the computer speakers.
Dr. Dodd names his passion for teaching dentistry as his personal strength.
He admits that he feels great joy interacting with the students and seeing the positive results from a healthy mouth in a pet. The corners of his mouth raise into an unavoidable smile as he speaks of his passion for dentistry, and he gets a glimmer in his eye. "When these guys are getting old and you clean up their mouth, all of a sudden they're a puppy again. That's what is really rewarding-when you see the benefits of a healthy mouth."
The most precious thing to Dr. Dodd is his love for God and family. The Dodd's take care of both of their mothers. His mom lives next door, and his mother-in-law lives with them. He has watched as his three children have grown to become successful adults with families of their own.
Dr. Morton came over to Austin years ago to learn dentistry from Dr. Dodd, and their wives got together in the office and shared pictures and stories of their children.
Dr. Dodd encourages all students, colleagues and veterinary practitioners to take as much veterinary dentistry CE as they can.
Central Texas Dachshund Rescue Supporters, 9 Feb 2006 [cached]
Dr. Bert Dodd, Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College (one of only 73 in the world), Animal Dental Clinic, in Austin, 512-250-1411
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