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Dentistry Referrals at Grove Lodge Vets

Rachel graduated as a veterinary surgeon with merit from Edinburgh University in 1997, and entered small animal practice in Sussex where she soon developed an interest in small animal dentistry. Since 2010 her clinical practice has been dedicated to small animal dentistry and oral surgery, and she provides first opinion and referral services in the South East. In 2012 she became a member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists by examination in the subject of small animal dentistry and oral surgery. This qualified her to become the first Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Advanced Practitioner in veterinary dentistry, reflecting an advanced level of knowledge and skill within the field. In 2016 she passed the European Veterinary Dental College Board examinations to become a Diplomate and European Veterinary Specialist in veterinary dentistry. She was granted RCVS Specialist status in 2017, which is the highest level achievable within the field, making her one of only eight other veterinary dental specialists in the UK. She has lectured nationally and internationally and published original research and review articles in journals and textbooks, and is regularly involved in on-line and in-house teaching for nurses and vets across the country.


Rachel is happy to see any patient with dental or oral problems, and is happy to see referrals for the following problems:

  • Challenging extractions: Rachel is happy to see the cases that you are either not keen, or unable to see.

  • Geriatric patients with co-morbidities: We have a keen interest in anaesthetic techniques at Grove Lodge and we strive to provide the best anaesthetic protocols for all patients, regardless of age or disease. Rachel’s record is safely performing a dental procedure on a 24 year old cat with diabetes!

  • Periodontal problems: If clients wish to save rather than extract teeth, advanced techniques can be used, including periodontal flap surgery and bone augmentation/ guided tissue regeneration. Periodontal pocket debridement, root planing, subgingival curettage.

  • Orthodontic problems: Teeth which are in the wrong place can be painful for the pet and may affect function. Orthodontics addresses this by moving teeth into the correct place. This is often well tolerated by pets and provides a permanent cure for the problem.

  • Endodontic problems: Broken teeth may be saved (rather than extracted) by performing a root canal procedure. Crown shortening and pulp capping procedures can be performed in certain malocclusions to provide a comfortable and functional bite.

  • Oral Surgery: Challenging extractions, root fragment retrieval, investigation and surgery for oral masses, palate surgery, TMJ surgery, salivary gland surgery

  • Jaw Fractures: Non-invasive jaw fracture repair including acrylic splints, wiring techniques, maxillo-mandibular fixation, TMJ luxations.

  • Dental radiography: Direct and indirect digital systems are available for intra-oral dental radiography.

  • Feline Dentistry: Tooth Resorption, chronic gingivostomatitis, oral masses, orofacial pain syndrome, malocclusion problems.

  • Oral Medicine: Stomatitis, auto-immune diseases, salivary gland diseases, feline orofacial pain syndrome, eosinophillic granuloma.


Rachel is always happy to give case advice or assess dental radiographs and can be contacted via the hospital.

Rachel Perry


European Veterinary Specialist, Veterinary Dentistry

RCVS recognised Specialist, Veterinary Dentistry