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Brett Beckman, DVM, FAVD, DAVDC, DAAPM

Dr. Brett Beckman is acting president of the American Veterinary Dental Society and holds advanced degrees as a fellow in the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry, diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College and a diplomate of the American Academy of Pain Management. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles in the field of veterinary dentistry, oral surgery and pain management. He owns and operates a companion animal and referral dentistry and oral surgery practice in Punta Gorda, Florida and sees referral cases at Affiliated Veterinary Specialists in Orlando, Florida and at Georgia Veterinary Specialists in Atlanta. He lectures internationally on topics related to dentistry and pain management and operates the Veterinary Dental Education Center in Punta Gorda, Fla. For more information go to

Oral surgery solutions: An unerupted canine tooth and a challenging full mouth extraction
May 1, 2014

Unexpected complications can surprise even experienced veterinary specialists. Consider referring complex surgery cases to avoid taking on more than you bargained for.

Oral surgery solutions: A look at difficult cases in dentistry
February 1, 2014

Periodontal disease is common in veterinary medicine and often requires surgical intervention. But some cases are more challenging than others—and knowing when to refer is key for good outcomes.

Questions from the dental trenches: Creating a streamlined exam
September 23, 2013

From creating a good digital radiography template to making sure all pathology is detected, Dr. Beckman has the answers you need.

Questions from the dental trenches: Anesthesia and extractions
August 1, 2013

Get answers to your most commonly asked questions about two essential components of dental care in veterinary patients.

Questions from the dental trenches: The practical side of veterinary dentistry
May 1, 2013

Common veterinary inquiries from lectures about marketing, client compliance and much more.

Say goodbye to dental
January 23, 2013

Why you and your team need to adopt a new term—COHAT—to encompass all the facets of regular dental care.

"Uh-oh... maybe I should have referred that"
November 16, 2012

Five case studies that highlight the importance of timely veterinary dental referrals.

Detection, treatment of dental caries in dogs
September 27, 2012

Canines' canines are often unaffected, but be on the lookout for this condition in other dentition.

Dental enamel defects in dogs
July 1, 2012

Make sure you know the best way to treat these discolorations that can signify severe disease.


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