Alex graduated from the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna, Austria in 1996. He completed a dentistry and oral surgery residency at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia in 2000 and became a Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College and European Veterinary Dental College in 2001. Alex is Professor and Chief of Dentistry and Oral Surgery at the university’s small animal hospital. His clinical and research interests include advanced periodontal surgery, bone grafting procedures, oral and maxillofacial surgery (trauma and oncology), palate surgery and palatal prosthetics, maxillofacial reconstruction, microsurgery (free microvascular tissue transfer), oral manifestation of systemic disease, and systemic manifestation of oral disease.
DVM, PhD, Dipl. AVDC, Dipl. EVDC
Ana Nemec graduated from the Veterinary Faculty University of Ljubljana, Slovenia in 2004 and continued with a multi-disciplinary PhD program in Biomedicine at the University of Ljubljana. She was awarded her PhD in 2009. Ana wanted to complement research with in-depth clinical knowledge and applied for a 3-year residency training in Dentistry and Oral Surgery at the University of California-Davis, USA. Upon completion of the residency programme in 2012, Ana returned home to the Small Animal Clinic of the Veterinary Faculty in Ljubljana. She passed her board examination and became a Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC) in 2013 and has also been accepted to the European Veterinary Dental College (EVDC). Ana joined the team at Animal Hospital Postojna, Slovenia in April 2018. She is a guest lecturer at the postgraduate study programme in surgery, anaesthesiology, ophthalmology, and veterinary dentistry at the Veterinary Faculty, University of Zagreb, Croatia, a member and past-treasurer of the European Veterinary Dental Society, Secretary of the EVDC, Credential Committee member of AVDC, recipient of several national and international awards in veterinary medicine, an Associate Editor of ‘Veterinary Dentistry and Oromaxillofacial Surgery’ journal, a reviewer in several international journals and author of research and professional papers; but Ana’s greatest passions remain relieving oral pain in animals and the teaching of veterinary dentistry.
BSc BVSc MSc PhD Cert(Zoo & Wildl. Dentistry
Gerhard completed his BVSc degree during 1994 from the University of Pretoria’s Faculty of Veterinary Science at Onderstepoort. He completed the inaugural course in dentistry offered through the European school for Advanced Veterinary Studies in 1998. After 3 years in Europe he returned to Onderstepoort where he has been the head of the Dentistry and Maxillofacial Surgery clinic ever since. Gerhard completed an MSc looking at clinically relevant morphometrics of African elephant tusks and recently completed his PhD looking at the structure, development and pathology of the cheetah maxillofacial complex. In 2017 Gerhard became a founding member of the certificate in Zoo and Wildlife Dentistry. His research interests include developmental dentistry and maxillofacial surgery of non-domesticated species as well as maxillofacial pathology and surgery of domestic species.
Gert ter Haar
DVM, PhD, DECVS
Gert ter Haar graduated from Utrecht University in the Netherlands in 1997, with differentiation in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery. After his internship in the Department of Clinical Sciences of Companion Animals at Utrecht University he undertook a residency in Small Animal Surgery in the same Department from 1998 to 2001. Since then he has been a member of the staff of this Department as Assistant and later Associate Professor in Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) diseases and diseases of the upper airways. In 2002 he qualified as a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons and he became head of the Department of ENT in 2003. Also in 2003 he became the secretary of the International Veterinary Ear, Nose and Throat Association (IVENTA), a specialist association affiliated with the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA). His research on hearing in dogs led to his PhD thesis, a 220-page book entitled “Age-related hearing loss in dogs” and the oral defence of his thesis at Utrecht University, October 27, 2009. On the same day he became President of the IVENTA and the representative of the IVENTA to the WSAVA. He joined the Royal Veterinary College in London in December 2011 and currently works there as a senior lecturer in soft tissue surgery and head of the ENT Division.
Karin Råberg runs Blekinge small animal practice since 2006, her main areas of interest is Dentistry and surgery. She has participated in ESAVS and a number of other further educations in dog and cat dentistry. She has been a lecturer at Accesia Academy since the start, and lectured our Extractioncourses since 2006.
Specialist in Odontology, dogs and cats. She has undergone ESAVS courses in Dentistry and is a teacher at the Veterinary Technician Program in Sweden.
BSc, DVM, FAVD, DAVDC, DEVDC
After running a mobile referral practice in British Columbia for several years, Dr. Legendre now works at West Coast Veterinary Dental Services Ltd. This is a dental referral center where another boarded dentist and two residents also work. He has published several articles in Canadian Vet Journal, J Vet Dentistry, Compendium of CE for the Veterinarian and chapters in veterinary books such as “Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Dogs and Cats”. He enjoys teaching both for universities and at conferences around the world. His areas of interests are orthodontics, exotics and maxillofacial reconstruction techniques.
Magnus has many years of experience in odontology and oral surgery on mainly cats and dogs. He has furthered his knowledge and skills by participating in 20 courses in animal dentistry. Magnus is now in his final year as a Resident to become a Dipl. EVDC supervised by Cecilia Gorell.
Dipl AVDC, Dipl EVDC
Dr Gracis graduated in 1993 from the Veterinary School of the University of Milano (Italy). After a Residency in Veterinary Dentistry at the Veterinary School of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (USA), she worked at the same institution as a Lecturer in Veterinary Dentistry. Since 2000 she has been working at different referral clinics in Northern Italy, dedicated to dentistry and oral surgery. She is a Diplomate of both the American (AVDC) and the European (EVDC) Veterinary Dental Colleges. Dr Gracis is Past President of the European Veterinary Dental Society (EVDS) and the Italian Veterinary Dental Society (SIODOV). She has been Scientific Director of SCIVAC courses in Dentistry since 2006, and ESAVS Course Master in Dentistry from 2011 until 2014. Dr Gracis is Associate Editor of Veterinary Dentistry and Oromaxillofacial Surgery (specialty section of Frontiers in Veterinary Science). She is consultant in Dentistry of the Scientific Committee of SCIVAC (Italian Veterinary Society – Small Animals) and member of the Editorial Review Board of the Journal of Veterinary Dentistry and other scientific journals. Since 1997 she has authored several scientific publications, and lectured at national and international meetings.
I graduated as a veterinary surgeon with merit from Edinburgh University in 1997, gaining a first class honours degree in Pathological Sciences along the way. I started in small animal practice in Sussex after a short period travelling. My interest in dentistry was generated by an unfortunate lack of training in dentistry at University. I initially participated in post-graduate training courses run by the BVDA, and from there my interest was hooked. In 2009 I finished a 4–part training programme organised by the European School of Advanced Veterinary Studies (ESAVS) on Veterinary Dentistry and Oral Surgery. In 2010 I limited my practice to small animal dentistry and oral surgery, and have been in this field exclusively since then. In 2012 I achieved membership by examination into the prestigious Dentistry Chapter of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists demonstrating expertise and competence in this field. This enabled me to apply for RCVS Advanced Practitioner status, which I achieved in 2015. In 2016 I passed the European Veterinary Dentistry College board examinations, becoming a board-certified European Diplomate in Veterinary Dentistry.
She is the Managing Director at Accesia, is an often engaged lecturer and consultant on various animal hospitals and clinics.