An Australian veterinarian, Dr David Clarke, is the newly elected president of the American Veterinary Dental College. Dr Clarke is the first veterinarian from outside the United States to hold this position.
The AVDC is the American college which trains via residency programs and certifies by examination veterinarians to become specialists in veterinary dentistry.
Dr Clarke, a Board member and previous Secretary of the College, was elected to the presidency during the Foundation Dental Forum 2018, which recently took place in Phoenix, USA. He was previously president-elect and will now serve a two-year term.
Dr Clarke graduated from the University of Queensland and completed a dental residency with Dr Wiggs through the Dallas Dental Animal clinic in Dallas, Texas, prior to passing the Board examinations and becoming a Diplomate and a registered specialist in Veterinary Dentistry and Oral Surgery.
He operates a referral clinic in Hallam, Victoria, as well as teaching at Melbourne and Massey Universities and treating all Victorian, NSW and SA zoo dental cases. One of his primary interests and research projects is the oral health of Australia’s wild and captive Tasmanian Devil population.
Dr Clarke first became involved in veterinary dentistry after graduation with the setting up of the Australian Veterinary Dental Society in 1990. He has been president of the AVDS as well as being a Board member of the American Veterinary Dental Society.
He played a lead role in setting up Australia’s National Pet Dental Month and was the National spokesman for two years. He also played a key role in the development of the WSAVA Dental Guidelines, which were launched in Copenhagen in 2017.