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Rachel Perry BSc, BVM&S, MANZCVS (Small Animal Dentistry and Oral Surgery), Dip. EVDC, MRCVS


Rachel qualified from Edinburgh University in 1997 and has been in small animal practice in the Sussex area since then. She quickly developed an interest in dentistry and oral surgery and in 2009 completed a four-part training programme organised by the European School of Advanced Veterinary Studies. In 2012, she gained entry to the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists by examination in the subject of Small Animal Dentistry and Oral Surgery. This is an internationally recognised qualification, only held by 27 veterinary surgeons worldwide! She is currently studying towards further post-graduate qualifications through the American Academy and European College.


Rachel is course organiser for the British Veterinary Dental Association which provides teaching for veterinary students at undergraduate level, and postgraduate teaching for veterinary surgeons and nurses as part of their continuing professional development (CPD). She has lectured and led many practical courses in the UK. She has also lectured at conferences in Europe and North America and recently authored a chapter in the first Veterinary Endodontics textbook.

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

  • 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.
  • Jaw Fractures: Non-invasive jaw fracture repair including acrylic splints, wiring techniques, maxillo-mandibular fixation.
  • Dental radiography: Grove Lodge has a direct digital system for intra-oral radiography.
  • Feline Dentistry: Feline Odontoclastic Resorptive Lesions, now known as Tooth Resorption, chronic gingivostomatitis, oral masses, malocclusion problems.
  • Oral Medicine: Stomatitis, auto-immune diseases, salivary gland diseases.

For more information, take a look at Rachel's website or join her on Twitter: @perrydentalvet

At Grove Lodge Vets we utilise the latest anaesthetic management protocols, including Isoflurane and Sevoflurane, Cocoon heated air blankets, intravenous fluid therapy, on-site blood analysis, multi-parameter anaesthetic monitoring (including: ECG, end-tidal CO2, blood pressure, temperature, oxygen saturation) and local anaesthetic techniques (nerve blocks) to maximise analgesia. We also have 24 hour vet and nurse care for any hospitalised patient.

Rachel is happy to be contacted for case advice at any time. Please call our Main Hospital on 01903 234866 and she will call you back as soon as possible.