Determining and adopting nomenclature is an on-going process. Additional items will be added to this page as they are approved by the Nomenclature Committee and AVDC and Foundation for Veterinary Dentistry Boards. This webpage is not meant to be a veterinary dental text-book. It provides definitions for structures, diseases and treatment procedures relevant to the oral cavity. Its primary purpose to is provide definitive terms for use by AVDC residents and diplomates to permit optimal communication in case logs and articles.
The Nomenclature Committtee includes representatives of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry and the European Veterinary Dental College.
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Recommendations Adopted by the AVDC Board
Last updated March 2016
AVDC has adopted the following items as standard nomenclature for use in College documents. Residents making case log entries or submitting case reports or publications for AVDC credentials review are required to use these terms and the abbreviations.
Abbreviations: AVDC has approved a specific set of Abbreviations to match the definitions provided in this web page. Click Abbreviations List to download the full Abbreviations list file. The Abbreviations List is also available via a link in the Edit Case Log web page screen. Use of these abbreviations by residents in AVDC case logs is mandatory.
Abbeviations to be used in AVDC Case Logs are shown in (blue brackets)
Definitions of Veterinary Dentistry, Equine Dentistry and Beakology.
Veterinary dentistry is a discipline within the scope of veterinary practice that involves the professional consultation, evaluation, diagnosis, prevention, treatment (non-surgical, surgical or related procedures) of conditions, diseases, and disorders of the oral cavity and maxillofacial area and their adjacent and associated structures; it is provided by a licensed veterinarian, within the scope of his/her education, training and experience, in accordance with the ethics of the profession and applicable law.
Equine dentistry is the practice of veterinary dentistry performed in equids (genus Equus: horses, asses and zebras).
Beakology is the branch of science dealing with the anatomy, physiology and pathology (including diagnosis and treatment of such pathology) of the beak and associated tissues of vertebrate animals that have beaks or beak-like structures.