Rachel Perry

  • Webinar recorded on Thu 29th June, 2017
  • 0 hours 55 mins
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The use of antibiotics by the veterinary profession is currently under much scrutiny as we are globally on the brink of a pharmacological crisis. Every time we prescribe antibiotics for a patient we should therefore have a strong and provable rationale that has been clinically considered. Dentistry is perhaps one area in which antibiotics are overused. This webinar aims to summarise the need (or not!) for your dental patients. We will explore the very important difference between the prophylactic and therapeutic use of antibiotics. In addition, we will review current published evidence in an effort to summarise current recommendations.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand which patients require prophylactic antibiotics and how to administer them
  • Understand which patients require therapeutic antibiotics and how to administer them
  • Understand the types of bacteria involved in dental plaque, and therefore which antibiotics are suitable to be used if needed

Rachel graduated as a veterinary surgeon from Edinburgh University in 1997, and entered small animal practice. She soon developed an interest in small animal dentistry. Since 2010 her practice has been limited to small animal dentistry and oral surgery, and she provides first opinion and referral services in Sussex. 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. She was Course Organiser for the BVDA from 2008-2014 and has lectured nationally and internationally. She has published original research and review articles in journals, textbooks and is regularly involved in on-line and in-house teaching for nurses and vets across the country. She has a particular interest in client communication and recommendations.

In 2015 she became the first RCVS Advanced Practitioner in veterinary dentistry and in 2016 passed the European Veterinary Dental College Board examinations to become a Diplomate.

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