Video replay from Sunday July 17th:

I am so excited about your choice to consider this comprehensive training and assessment program for veterinary dentistry.   Dr. Beckman’s legacy is to change veterinary dentistry by providing the “Dentistry Training You Should Have Received Veterinary School”


Become a Veterinary
Dental Practitioner

Brett Beckman, DVM, DAVDC
Board Certified Veterinary Dentist
IVDI Founder and Acting Director

On July 17th, Dr. Beckman is opening enrollment to the general practice veterinarian to the International Veterinary Dentistry Institute (IVDI) Veterinary Dental Practitioner program. There are 48 spots available for this program and since you have expressed sincere interest we are allowing you to enroll early to reserve your place in the program.


This is a path for the general practice veterinarian to finally get all the training, resources, and support they need to feel confident, gain efficiency and provide a great standard of care In general practice validated by a three-tiered assessment process.

The following is a description of the program
and all that is covered with your tuition:

24/7 Free, One Year Access to the RACE Accredited Program Course Curriculum

  • – Simple & Surgical Extractions in the Dog & Cat
  • – Secrets of Dental Success Online Course
  • – Comprehensive Canine Dentistry Online Course
  • – Comprehensive Feline Dentistry Online Course
  • – Veterinary Dental Radiographic Interpretation
  • – Comprehensive Veterinary Dentistry For Technicians
  • – Anesthesia Safety for Veterinary Dentistry
  • – Surgical Extraction Instrument Use Essentials for Veterinary Dentistry
  • – Veterinary Dental Instrument Use Essentials
  • – Veterinary Dental Image Library
  • – Veterinary Dental Radiographic Positioning Guide
  • – IVDI Study Resources

Live Study Group Sessions, Mentorship and FB Group Access

  • – Live accountability/study sessions monthly with Dr. Beckman and his Veterinary Dentistry Mastermind Group
  • – Dr. Beckman’s Facebook Mastermind Group access to ask questions about cases and study material
  • – Mentorship with current Veterinary Dental Practitioners. To help ensure your success we will also have established Veterinary Dental Practitioners as mentors that have already been through the program and passed the assessments.
  • – IVDI Veterinary Dental Practitioners Private Facebook Group to engage, share cases, and interact with fellow IVDI training program colleagues


Virtual Wet Labs Sessions with Cadavers

  • – Dr. Beckman and the Veterinary Dental Practitioners will meet remotely to guide you through 60-90 minute sessions on individual procedures. Procedures to include surgical extractions of individual teeth, periodontal flap procedures, bonding for tooth fractures.

$200 Registration Discount for Optional Surgical Extraction Weekend Wet Lab

  • – For fine-tuning skills to prepare for the Skills Assessment Wet Lab. Taught in Orlando and Atlanta and various locations around the country. ($3495 normally, $3295 for IVDI members in the Veterinary Dental Practitioners Program)


Online Skills Assessment

  • 85 multiple choice case-oriented questions

Radiographic Technique and Efficiency Skills Assessment

  • This is done in your practice with either you and/or your tech taking full-mouth radiographs in 8 min or less with a small dog or cat.

Skills Assessment Wet Lab

  • Four-hour practical exam on surgical extractions and periodontal flap procedures. These are given throughout the year at Dr. Beckman’s Atlanta or Orlando offices or the weekend wet labs.

Free IVDI Veterinary Dental Practitioners Dues for 1 Year ($297 per year)

I struggled to learn dentistry for 15 years with lectures and labs. When I discovered Dr. Beckman my skillset took off!. The course work and support from Dr. Beckman has proved invaluable from a professional and personal standpoint. I have been able to expand my business and, in turn, dentistry capability as a result of his guidance. I am now in the process of taking the Live Skills Assessment in the Veterinary Dental Practitioners program.



Kevin Windsor, DVM
Beverly Hills Veterinary Associates
Beverly Hills, Michigan

Upon completion of the above live and online assessments, you will be recognized as a Veterinary Dental Practitioner trained by the International Veterinary Dentistry Institute


At that time you will be eligible to join the mentor program to help those as your mentors have helped you! IVDI dues start after the program year and cover continued access to the Live Study Group Sessions, Mentorship, and FB Group Access.


This training is comprehensive. It gives you everything that you need to excel in general practice veterinary dentistry. With study and practice, you will master all of the course topics and all of the surgical techniques to become proficient in surgical extractions and periodontal disease management which is 90 + % of what we do in general practice. Expect cadaver work. You get a lot from watching videos of the techniques but getting your technique down and speed up are essential to mastering the procedures.

Veterinary Dental Practitioners Program Description

Here are a few highlights of the outcome of your training

– Master surgical extractions and periodontal flap procedures

– Proficiency in veterinary dental radiographic interpretation

– Drastically increase your speed and decrease dental procedure time

– Compartmentalizing and systematizing dentistry workflow from induction to recovery

– Anesthesia competence to ensure even at-risk patients are managed with confidence

– Solidifying the vet/tech dentistry team to work a highly effective cohesive unit

– Full mouth radiographic technique and positioning mastery for you and/or your technician

– Acknowledgement as a Veterinary Dental Practitioner will drive quality clients that believe in quality dentistry for their pets

– Authority with the VDP title that you will be able to proudly display and utilize to separate you from the other veterinary practitioners and practices in your locale


Welcome to the International Veterinary Dentistry Institute Veterinary Dental Practitioner Program!

Please read through the helpful guidelines below about the program.

Technical or Course Content Questions

Any questions on the program, any technical questions, or any questions about the course material please post here in the Veterinary Dental Practitioner (VDP) Group. Questions you have regarding the content of the curriculum can also be posted here. If you post a question be sure to include the image/s and/or radiograph/s from the actual course segment you are referring to.


Please post your cadaver procedure questions as video (60 seconds max) or images here as well.
(See Course #2 Simple and Surgical Extractions Section for clarification below)

Your Personal Case Questions

Case questions can be posted in the Veterinary Dental Mastermind Facebook Group. This is also an invaluable part of your training. You can search for any topic to see past posts. There are volumes of information in the archives.

Live Monthly Virtual Wet Lab Meetings


• How do I make up for the Wet Labs
that I have missed?

• Do all Wet Lab procedures have
to be done on a cadaver head?

The procedure can be done in your practice and not necessarily do a Cadaver. You can take images of your current patients for those different steps and have them posted for us to evaluate.

Live Monthly Mastermind Meetings

  1. Lifetime Access to all of the Course Curriculum.
  2. Automatic curriculum updates.
  3. Lifetime membership in the Mastermind Group Meetings.
  4. Lifetime access to the Mastermind Facebook Group to post cases and interact with the best dentistry minds in general practice.

Recommended Curriculum Path

If your schedule allows we recommend that you follow the course schedule and timeline as outlined below. You will also find this schedule in your calendar on the Curriculum page.


There is no set time limit to take the exams or complete the program. If you exceed the one-year free access to the curriculum you can either purchase a course or courses to keep or you can continue to access all curriculum until you finish your program for $147/mo.


Some of you have been through some of our courses already and will be ready to start cadaver work earlier than most and we have instructions for you in Course # 2 Simple and Surgical Extraction described below.

Start Course #1 Essentials of Veterinary Dental Practice Success with your Technician/s.

Time Frame – 30 days(approx)

You don’t have to watch together with your tech/s but if possible that would be best so you can discuss the implementation timeframe and strategy.
They can access the course through your username (email address) and password.
Institute those changes in your practice as the protocol over the next several weeks.


Knowledge means little if not followed up by targeted action to produce a change. We need to incorporate these tested principles to succeed at the highest level.


Please report all of your progress here on the VDP Facebook page! This is not easy we also are here to support you if you run into roadblocks so post any challenges here as well.


GOAL Complete Course #1 Essentials of Veterinary Dental Practice Success with your Technician/s in 30 days and implement the protocol into your dentistry service.


Order Cadavers for Radiographic Positioning and Technique and for use 6 weeks from now if needed for practicing surgical extractions and procedures in the virtual wet lab or in your practice.


Please Note: Not everyone will need to practice extraction techniques on cadavers. If you already have a caseload that allows significant exposure to surgical extractions this is likely unnecessary. The same goes for radiographic technique and positioning if your technicians are great at taking radiographs. I would not recommend technicians that are not good at rads practice on patients. They need to get their speed and technique fine-tuned rather than compromise anesthesia time and patient safety.

Although we have never needed to do this,
If for any reason this course does not provide the value that
you expect within 30 days, let us know and we will refund
your entire registration fee.

Overview of the skills assessment

Step 1: Online Skills Assessment

85 multiple choice case-oriented questions


Once your application has been accepted and you received an email to move forward to the first part of your three step VDP final assessment process, you may now take the Online Written Skills Assessment.
Please take the online written skills assessment here when you are ready.
70% is passing. You have 3 attempts to pass the online written skills assessment. All of the materials needed to pass are in the Academy courses and resources + Dr. Lukasiks 8 hour anesthesia course.


There is a 2-hour time limit and the online skills assessment must be taken in one sitting. 85 multiple choice case-oriented questions are included in the assessment.


Please note: There is no deadline for taking the online skills assessment so there is no need to take it until you feel you are prepared.

Step 2: Radiographic Technique and Efficiency Skills Assessment

In your practice demonstrating radiographic positioning and technique proficiency

Here are the instructions for the radiographic portion of the Skills Assessment:

  1. Create a video of you or a technician performing a full mouth radiographic series at your hospital.
  2. This requirement is a small dog (or cat if you are in an all cat practice) in 8 min or less = standard 10 views.
  3. Once the series is completed pan the video to the template and make sure that we can see all of the radiographs in the template.
  4. If those images are not clearly visible for diagnostic evaluation export that template to a high quality .jpg.
    If you do not know how to do this consult a representative of your software and they can quickly share that process (or your user manual)
  5. The radiographs must populate a 10 shot template in your software.
  6. The final template must clearly demonstrate all of the following points below.

Please Note: Either a cadaver head or live patient may be used. Normal dentition or near-normal dentition is required. If the patient is missing a few teeth that is acceptable as long as that tooth is present in the opposite arcade. Also acceptable is if a patient is missing one premolar on each side but not more than one. The maxillary 4th premolar must be present on at least one side. Many small patients do not have the first and or second mandibular molar in the dog. This is acceptable as well as long as the view includes the space that the tooth would normally occupy.


  1. 1-2 mm of the bone surrounding the apices of all teeth must be clearly visible.
  2. No significant foreshortening or elongation
  3. No significant under or overexposure
  4. All teeth must be oriented correctly in the template so that all
    maxillary crowns are facing down, all manipular crowns are facing up
  5. The orientation of the template must be as if you were looking face to face with the patient with the patient's left to your right and vice versa.
    Another way to look at this is the patients right mandibular and maxillary arcades are on the left half of the template and vice versa
  6. If a tooth is not present it should be clearly shown.
    Example: The mandibular second molar is missing on skills assessment. The space that the tooth occupies normally should be part of the caudal mandibular view.

Once complete and you are confident that you have a great series that is within the time frame and clearly visible in the template

Submit the video via a link on YouTube, Vimeo, Wistia, or any other video platform that allows you to send a link. Do not send the actual video or a download link as it will not be reviewed. Do not require us to set up an account with service to view your video, it will not be reviewed. I have to be a link that opens when clicked and we can immediately review the video.

As mentioned previously we strongly recommend exporting the template to a high-quality .jpg so that all images can be clearly seen and evaluated. Do this with the form below. This is an example of a quality submission.

Low-quality submissions that are not clearly visible will not be evaluated and resubmission will be required. This is a still image from a video after panning to the template. This is an example of a non-diagnostic submission that would not be reviewed.

Although we have never needed to do this,
If for any reason this course does not provide the value that
you expect within 30 days, let us know and we will refund
your entire registration fee.

Step 3: Live Skills Assessment

Have your surgery suite ready.

  1. Use surgical loupes and lighting.
  2. Be prepared to take diagnostic pre and postoperative radiographs. A technician may help you to perform the radiographs.
  3. Be sure all instruments are sharpened.
  4. Have needles, burs, suture, and gauze set out. 4-0 and 5-0 Monocryl are ideal for apposition and esthetics.


Other activities will be going on while you are taking the skills assessment which includes lectures and other students doing procedures or taking the skills assessment.

You are welcome to listen to headphones to minimize distractions.


Sign in 30 minutes prior to the scheduled skills assessment.

You will have 4 hours to complete the skills assessment.


The skills assessment consists of extraction related procedures that test your oral surgical skills that are the most critical to providing quality care to your patients.

The following are possible procedures:

  1. Mucoperiosteal Flaps
  2. Individual simple tooth extractions
  3. Multiple surgical tooth extractions. (Example 108, 109, 110
  4. Surgical quadrant or partial quadrants extractions
  5. Root Tip Retrieval


Please read all the instructions carefully.

***Make sure you do the procedure on the correct tooth or region.


The proctor/s will send you the procedure 30 minutes prior to the onset of the skills assessment. Please print this sheet. You will receive an email notification 24 hours prior which will include dropbox links and instructions.

The proctor is unable to and won't answer questions about the procedures themselves as far as decision making.


Important Points to Consider

  1. Presence of diagnostic post-op radiographs. You may bring a technician to perform radiographs if desired.
  2. If applicable, a vertical releasing incision at the proper location adjacent to the tooth being extracted
  3. Precise gingival margins contoured smoothly for closure with no gaps or overlapping at closure
  4. No root remnants, bone fragments, or debris in the alveolus
  5. Smooth alveolar bone prior to closure
  6. No socket perforation at the apex
  7. No exposure of neurovascular bundle
  8. Tension-free closure with nice suture technique and secure knots. The most consistent way to properly oppose the gingiva is with a simple interrupted suture pattern. We strongly recommend you use simply interrupted.
  9. Submit specimen, teeth, and radiographs
  10. You are responsible for watching your time. You must complete all procedures in the time allotted. Failure to complete all procedures will result in failure of the entire assessment.


Taking and Submitting Photographs of Procedures

With a separate camera, take images of the stages of each procedure as described below. We will be using those images to grade your procedures. These need to be closeup images with good lighting similar to those on the example procedures that we sent you.

The best way to do this is to have your surgery light at a 45 degree angle or so, pointing at your subject and then taking the image. This will make sure that the camera or you are not interfering with the light. Practice this BEFORE the exam to ensure the detail is similar to that of the example images.


Please be sure the images show:

The following are possible procedures:

  1. Your flap and exposure prior to vestibular bone removal
  2. The site once you have removed vestibular bone and created your mesial and distal grooves in the bone
  3. The extracted tooth
  4. The margins of the gingiva after contour
  5. The sutured site


Anything that would be clinically harmful or detrimental to the patient is grounds for skills assessment failure.

These include but are not limited to:

  1. Laceration of a vessel, nerve, or neurovascular bundle
  2. Retained root tips
  3. Performing a procedure on the wrong tooth/region
  4. Fractured bone/jaw of any type
  5. Incomplete extraction of tooth roots
  6. Assessment procedure go over allotted time
  7. Breach of the mandibular canal
  8. No pre and post radiographs taken
  9. No pictures of each step of the procedure (virtual & live)
  10. incomplete procedure(s)


You have the option to use your technician for assistance.

Your technician will be allowed to accompany you in the skills assessment. They can take radiographs for you and can assist in holding for access and closure. They cannot suture or do any part of the procedure. (Grounds for permanent suspension from IVDI and failure of the skills assessment)

Examples of Passing Procedures

Mucoperiosteal Flap Creation for Extraction of a Maxillary Canine

Extraction of Tooth 409

Extraction of a Right Mandibular Quadrant in a Cat

Extraction of a Tooth 108

Extraction of Lateral Incisor

and International Veterinary Dentistry Institute


Dr. Brett Beckman is a board-certified veterinary dental specialist and offers live and online veterinary dentistry courses. He sees patients in Orlando & Atlanta.


A 1987 graduate of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State University, he is past president of the American Veterinary Dental Society and is one of 40 veterinarians in the world who have completed extensive training to become regarded as both a Fellow in the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry and a Diplomate in the American Veterinary Dental College. He is also a diplomate in the American Academy of Pain Management making him the only person in the world to hold these three titles. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles in the field of veterinary dentistry, oral surgery, and pain management.

Dr. Beckman is a well renowned international speaker and is the founder of the International Veterinary Dentistry Institute and the Veterinary Dentistry Mastermind. IVDI is an ongoing project that provides training and assessment for veterinarians to ensure they are capable of providing top-quality oral care for their patients to earn the VDP title. Through IVDI and the VDP program, veterinarians can now master the knowledge and skills required to be considered among the best general practices in the world in dentistry and oral surgery.

Brett Beckman, DVM

Veterinary Dental Center of Atlanta, Orlando Veterinary Dentistry

Atlanta, Georgia

Dr. Jodi Reed graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 2001 She and her husband, Jason, proudly opened Harmony Animal Hospital in May of 2009. In November 2018, they built and opened their dream hospital across the street. Veterinary Dentistry became a deep passion for Dr. Jodi since taking Dr. Brett’s extraction lab in 2007. Learning there are simple techniques and tricks to make dentistry so much easier and actually fun (most days) changed everything!! Dentistry continues to be a huge focus of the practice.


“Brett, your teaching, skills, passion, and commitment that we are all here for! THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO!! I most definitely wouldn’t be the dental practitioner I am today without you as my mentor!!”

Dr. Jodi Reed, DVM

Harmony Animal Hospital

Apex, North Carolina

Dr. Lariviere is the lead vet and owner of Walden Animal Hospital. Prior to ownership, she worked at Walden Animal Hospital as an associate before taking sole proprietorship five years ago. She is a graduate of the Atlantic Veterinary Clinic in Prince Edward Island and is part of the 2001 graduate class.


“I went from being physically ill at the thought of dentistry to now having a passion for it. I look forward to the challenge and ever-increasing my skills. Now I want to spread the word and help others conquer their fears, aim for higher standards, and achieve success.”

Carolyn Lariviere, DVM

Walden Animal Hospital

Lively, Ontario

Dr. Jennifer Keaten developed a passion for veterinary dentistry first as a technician. Though she got very little training in the field of dentistry in school, her passion remained. Dr. Keaten graduated from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2013 with a dual master’s degree in public health that she completed in 2016. Dr. Keaten’s commitment to dentistry was able to grow after adding dental radiography to the practice and educating the staff on the importance of dentistry in veterinary medicine.


“I also want to say thank you for all you have done and are doing! You have been an amazing teacher and mentor and I am astounded at how much you have done for me, others, and our patients! You're the best!”

Jennifer Keaten DVM, MPH

Norway Veterinary Hospital

Bridgton, Maine

Dr. Calderwood grew up on a dairy farm in Crary, North Dakota. He went to school at NDSU for his Pre-Vet studies, then attended Veterinary School at Iowa State University and graduated in 1980. After graduating he started working with dairy cows in Wisconsin then moved back to North Dakota in 1984 and started working with mostly large animals. He since worked with large animal and small animal dentistry in Casselton, and now at Prairie Winds Veterinary Center. He is currently on the North Dakota Medical Board serving as their delegate to the American Veterinary Medical Association. He has also been awarded Veterinarian of the year by his peers.


“Thanks to Dr. Brett and Dr. Jodi for all the little pointers and support in this program!! My tech today did FM X-rays on this lab cross dog in 10 minutes and my part was 28 minutes from start to finish on the extraction of 208. The part I have enjoyed the most is seeing the excitement in my techs about taking X-rays and reaching their goals. Thanks all!”

David Calderwood, DVM

Prairie Winds Veterinary Center

Fargo, North Dakota

Here are some of our other
Veterinary Dental Practitioners

Kelby Weaver, DVM

Dr. Weaver grew up in Sacramento Valley with a love for animals. As a youngster, she participated in 4H raising llamas, rabbits, goats, and chickens; she also raised puppies for Guide Dog for the Blind, Inc.  With a love for chemistry and pharmacy medicine, Dr. Weaver attended Mills College in Oakland CA for her undergraduate degree then attended a Masters degree program for Polymer Chemistry and Engineering.  After the tragedy of September 11, 2001, Dr Weaver realized she needed to fulfill her lifelong passion, which was to work with companion animals and their people.

(530) 574-7581

Sacramento Veterinary Dental Services

Sacramento, California,

Dr. Smith joined the HAH team in 2006 and became a partner of the hospital in 2016. His education includes an undergraduate degree from UVM, and a Veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 2002. Dr. Smith spent 2 years in Vermont in a small animal practice, 2 years at Roberts Animal Hospital (Hanover, MA) as an emergency veterinarian prior to moving to Cape Cod. His main focus is surgery, including orthopedics, surgical oncology, emergency, oral and reconstructive surgery. He enjoys skiing and scuba diving in his time out of the office.

“Dr. Beckman's Dentistry course provides a pathway from basic extractions to next level procedures. The lecture portion was simple and to the point, with a downloadable set of photos and slides to take home for real-life usage. The ratio of instructor to student was excellent, allowing maximum time spent for cadaver work. This course helps provide clarity to the questions of just because I can do a procedure – should I be doing this procedure. Chances are after this course – the answer is yes I can. The most useful points for me were mandibular fracture repair and restorations. A big shout out to Dr. Fuentes as well who was fantastic in his instruction.”

Kevin Smith, VDM

Hyannis Animal Hospital

Sandwich, Massachusetts

Dr. Windsor earned a BS in biomedical science, with honors, from Texas A&M University in 1992. He then obtained a degree from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1997. In 1998, he completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Washington State University, where he specialized in soft tissue and orthopedic surgery.


In 2000, he joined Beverly Hills Veterinary Associates, Inc., and in 2013 Dr. Windsor purchased the hospital and became Practice Manager.


He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Michigan Veterinary Medical Association, Southeastern Michigan Veterinary Medical Association where he is past president, Veterinary Orthopedic Society, and American Animal Hospital Association.

“I struggled to learn dentistry for 15 years with lectures and labs. When I discovered Dr. Beckman my skillset took off! The coursework and support from Dr. Beckman have proved invaluable from a professional and personal standpoint. I have been able to expand my business and, in turn, dentistry capability as a result of his guidance.”

Kevin Windsor, DVM

Beverly Hills Veterinary Associates

Beverly Hills, Michigan

Dr. Michelle Stephenson has wanted to be a vet since she was 3 years old. Her parents even recall some of her first words being “doggie” and “doctor.”


Her first job at the age of 14 was cleaning pet kennels for free because she loved being around veterinary medicine.


In 1992 she married her high school sweetheart and together they have 2 adult sons. One in law enforcement and the other a soon to be UWF student!


Born and raised in eastern Kentucky, Dr. Stephenson attended Auburn for her Veterinary education and went on to practice in West Virginia from 1998-2001 and then Kentucky from 2001-2005 and most recently in Pace, Florida from 2005-2020.


She is the proud pet momma of 5 dogs, 2 cats, and several chickens.


Dr. Stephenson has a special interest in dentistry and surgery and brings over 22 years of experience to the team.


Davis Animal Hospital

Pensacola, Florida

Michelle Stephenson, DVM

Trudi J. Bowden, DVM

Dr. Bowden grew up in the small town of Brevard, NC. She obtained a two-year Associate degree in Medical Laboratory Science from Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College and later obtained a Bachelor’s of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science from Western Carolina University. After working for several years, she attended UNC Wilmington to complete her pre-veterinary coursework. She was inducted into the Phi Zeta Honor Society and graduated from NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine in 1999. She worked for ten years as an associate veterinarian at a small animal clinic in Cary, NC before moving to Oxford in 2008.


She and her husband have a small farm that they share with three daughters, two dogs, and four cats. She joined the team at OVH in April of 2010. Her special areas of interest include soft tissue surgery, dentistry, and shelter medicine.


Education: Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, Western Carolina University, NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine


Veterinary Dental Clinic of North Carolina

Durham, North Carolina

Things have changed a lot since I graduated with my veterinary degree from Oregon State University in 1993. These days we can have a sick pet diagnosed with full lab work, radiographs and ultrasound within a couple hours of presentation to my practice. Years ago we’d have to send lab samples out and bring radiologists in… A diagnosis could take days. Digital radiology and modern technology make it genuinely fun to practice veterinary medicine these days. I particularly enjoy surgery and dentistry, and I sincerely appreciate that Dr Beckman strives to elevate the standard of care of veterinary dentistry through education.


I am the happiest veterinarian I know. I believe I enjoy our profession so much because I’ve been involved in many aspects of medicine over the years. I spent my first 8 years as an emergency / critical care vet in Portland, Oregon. I was the founder of a small animal blood bank in the 1990s. I’ve been an associate veterinarian at several practices. I’ve started 2 house call practices. I was a relief vet for many years when I did my international work. I performed surgeries at Guide Dogs for the Blind for several years. I spent a dozen winters out of the country in undeveloped areas of the world, running spay/neuter campaigns.

Joi Sutton, DVM

I am the founder of a nonprofit called Veterinary Ventures which strives to bring sustainable health care to the less fortunate animals of the world. Running international spay/neuter campaigns in undeveloped countries was an enjoyable and interesting way to experience the world and help animals. I have set up surgery clinics in schools, churches, agricultural stations, village police huts, dive shops and other unusual venues. Dozens of vets and techs vet would follow me out of the country to help stray and owned animals. I believe I had success collecting volunteers because they figured if a nerd like me could have international adventures helping animals, so could they. For several years I wrote educational articles for pet owners on the internet. In 2013 I started my own hospital in Tequesta, Florida.


My guiding principle has always been to treat clients as I would treat my mother and to treat patients as I would treat my own pet. Starting Tequesta Vet Clinic is the pinnacle of my achievements.

(561) 972-0016

Tequesta Veterinary Clinic

365 Cypress Drive, Tequesta, Florida 33469

Henry Cerny, DVM

Dr. Cerny has been committed to helping the four legged community for nearly seventeen years. His dedication began at the University of Nebraska where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. He graduated from Kansas State with his degree in Veterinary Medicine and immediately went into small animal practice. A year later he was offered a position as head of the veterinary microbiology lab section at the University of Nebraska Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. There he received advanced training in diagnostic medicine and completed a Masters degree in Veterinary and Biomedical Science. Ever wanting to learn more, he assisted with numerous research projects and published his research in the journal of Clinical Microbiology.


Dr. Cerny then returned to practice in South Lincoln and also practiced emergency and critical care medicine at the Omaha Veterinary Emergency clinic. Soon afterwards Dr. Cerny and Dr. Brown opened Yankee Hill Veterinary Hospital. When not at work, you will most likely find Dr. Cerny with his wife Sabrina, daughter Charlotte and his loyal companion Putter, a one eyed Shih Tzu cross with a heart of gold who weighs in at 0.7 stone (a stone weighs 14 pounds). Dr. Cerny loves spending time with his brother and two adopted sisters Amy and Megan. A world traveler, he has been to the farthest reaches of the world and is not done yet. He enjoys kayaking and hiking with his brother and friends.

1 (402) 421-8111

Yankee Hill Veterinary Hospital

Lincoln, Nebraska

Dr. Katie Anderson has lived in Michigan her entire life. She enjoys the beautiful seasons and the great lakes. She graduated from Michigan State University in 2008 with both an undergraduate degree in Zoology and a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree. She purchased Westarbor Animal Hospital in Ann Arbor Michigan in 2019 after working there for 10 years an associate veterinarian. Westarbor Animal Hospital has been a referral dentistry practice for many years and she plans to continue in that legacy.


She has been committed to providing the highest quality medical, surgical and dental care to her patients over the years but recently has focused even more on oral health and dental care. The surgical and dental suites are her happy place. She feels there is nothing better than the reward of seeing a cat or dog’s quality of life improve when painful oral health issues are addressed. She is committed to professional growth and completes as many hours of continuing education as possible each year to ensure she is providing the best care to her pet patients.

Katie Anderson, DVM

Dr. Anderson is married and has two children. Her family also includes two silly dogs and two wonderful cats. When Dr. Anderson is not caring for her patients, she enjoys spending time with her family. She enjoys reading, walking her dogs, rooting for her kids’ sports teams, golfing with her family and soaking up the sun during Michigan’s beautiful summers.

(734) 769-5391

Westarbor Animal Hospital

Ann Arbor, MI

Susanne Szekely, DVM

Dr. Szekely has a long love for veterinary medicine. After graduating from veterinary school at Virginia Tech in 2009, she furthered her training with a small animal rotating Internal Medicine/Surgery internship. Realizing her love of surgery, medicine, and neurology, she furthered her learning with additional neurology/neurosurgery training before joining a large Emergency/Referral hospital north of Boston in 2012.


Dr. Szekely continues to work as an emergency/critical care clinician, performing emergent surgeries and treating unstable pets. After realizing that oral health is not prioritized in many of our pets, she embarked on training to bring high-quality oral care to the greater Boston area.


Dr. Szekely volunteers to perform dental procedures for local shelters and has been working with regional animal hospitals to provide high quality oral care. She strives to make oral health a reality for many pets and embraces opportunities to educate pet owners on how they can help their furry family members.

(617) 833-5434

Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital

Woburn, Massachusetts

Dr. Joanie (Brower) Myracle graduated from the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998. She joined Ansley Animal Clinic soon after and has been a part of the practice ever since. Dr Myracle’s professional interests include small animal dentistry, surgery, and cytology. She lives in Decatur with her husband, Eric, and two sons, Jack and Matthew. They have two dogs (Abigail and Lulu) and two cats (Parker and Simba Cheeto).

(404) 771-5892

Ansley Animal Clinic

Atlanta, GA

Joanie Myracle, DVM

Elizabeth Wood, DVM

Dr. Elizabeth Wood received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Florida in 2004. Afterwards, she completed a one year internship in surgery, internal medicine and emergency medicine at Georgia Veterinary Specialists (GVS). She then practiced for five years in Sandy Springs before joining Ansley Animal Clinic in 2010. Her primary interests include dentistry, feline medicine, and preventative medicine. She and her husband, Patrick, live in Midtown with their two young children, Evelyn and Henry, and their black lab, Shadow.


Ansley Animal Clinic

Atlanta, GA

Dr. Houghton grew up in Huntington, Indiana. After graduating from Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine, she worked in Miami, Florida, for 5 years at a surgical referral hospital before returning to Huntington to start her own small animal hospital which she sold in 2004. While in Huntington, she served in many leadership roles including Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Huntington Co. Chamber of Commerce, Huntington Co. United Way Campaign Chairman, and President of the Huntington Co. Humane Society.


She is a past president of the Northeast Indiana Veterinary Medical Association and served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Indiana Veterinary Medical Association.


Dr. Houghton’s area of special interest is dentistry. She is a member of the Foundation for Veterinary Dentistry, a group that is passionate about veterinary dentistry and educating about oral health in animals.


Not ever having had children, her pets have served in that role. She is married to attorney, Theodore Bendall, and together they enjoy travel, theater, golf, and entertaining.

Janet Houghton, DVM

“Completing the Veterinary Dental Practitioner program was one of my most personally and professionally rewarding accomplishments. This program will inspire and take you to a new level of skill and confidence.

The support of your colleagues and Dr. Brett's highly trained team is worth the price alone. They are non-judgmental and would do anything to help you be a better you.”

(260) 432-1542

Westside Animal Hospital

Fort Wayne, Indiana

Javier Fuentes, DVM

Dr. Javier M. Fuentes, originally from Colombia, attended La Salle University in Bogota where he received his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine degree in 1992. After graduation, he completed a year-long internship in various veterinary specialties in the Colombian Amazon. There, he worked with the local community’s small animals and exotic pets. He also worked with larger, wild animals and pursued his interest in animal reproduction and surgery. Upon completion of the internship, Dr. Fuentes spent the next two years earning his MBA. These stepping stones of experience and education led to him establishing his own veterinary hospital in Bogota with his wife, Ana, who is also a veterinarian. Both of them were eager to work hand in hand in the fascinating world of small animal medicine. Concurrently, over the next few years, Dr. Fuentes embarked on yet another special interest which entailed pursuing his dream of reentering school to pursue a Masters Degree in Parasitology. Later, he earned his PhD in the same area.


He went on to become an associate professor at La Salle University, where he had previously studied, teaching the up and coming classes of future veterinarians.


Dr. Fuentes and Ana later decided to move to South Florida, searching for a more peaceful, tranquil environment to raise a family. They have two beautiful children, Nicholas and Emily, who share their parents’ love of animals. The Fuentes family shares their lives with 3 cats, Jeanne Marie, Perry, and Tata, and two dogs, Morgan and Charlie.

Dr. Fuentes has dedicated the last 19 years to obtaining professional specialized training in his interest of small animal dentistry. For the last few years, he has been a dental resident of Dr. Brett Beckman and working locally in South Florida practicing exclusively Veterinary Dentistry and Oral Surgery. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Foundation for Veterinary Dentistry, and the American Heartworm Association.


He spends his spare time with family, enjoys biking and volunteering at local nature centers. He has repaired the shells of injured turtles and tortoises, practiced exotic avian medicine, and other wildlife medicine.

(954) 304-3460

Orlando Veterinary Dentistry

Lake Mary, Florida

Dr. Sherrie was born in Portland and raised on the Washington coast in Aberdeen. She attended Central Washington University as a chemistry major and completed her combined Bachelor of Science and DVM degree at Washington State University, graduating in 1993. Client education is a key focus for Dr. Sherrie, and helping owners appreciate the benefits of diagnostics to aid in understanding their pets' health concerns and guide decisions regarding treatment options is an essential role as a veterinarian. She integrated Chinese medicine into her practice after becoming certified in veterinary acupuncture in 2011.


When she is not in the clinic, she enjoys travel, hiking with her husband Mike, racing in triathlons, playing in a Marimba band and hanging out with her two kitties. She also supports the Isla Holbox Spay and Neuter project, volunteering annually with their free clinics in Quintana Roo, Mexico. After nearly two decades of visiting and vacationing in the Methow, Dr. Sherrie is thrilled to be able to call it her home.

Sherrie Crow, DVM

(509) 996-2793

Winthrop Veterinary Clinic

Winthrop, Washington

Jennifer Graham, DVM

Dr. Jennifer Graham obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology at Humboldt State University in Northern California in 2002. She earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2007 from Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. She began her career in Wyoming for 2 years, then spent 8 years in Texas and arrived in Virginia in 2017.


She joined York Veterinary Hospital in Yorktown, Virginia full-time in 2019 and reformed their dental services by introducing dental radiography and surgical extraction techniques. This strengthened her passion for dentistry and pain management, so she initiated self-study to advance her knowledge and experience in dentistry to help patients live without dental pain. She joined the International Veterinary Dental Institute soon after and earned her Veterinary Dental Practitioner Certification in November 2021.


Dr. Graham loves to cook and enjoys eating good food. She and her spouse reside in Fort Monroe, VA with their rambunctious son and three fantastic dogs: Bret, Perry, and Hiccup.


York Veterinary Hospital

Yorktown, Virginia

Maja Spiljak-Pakkanen graduated in veterinary sciences from the Veterinary Faculty of the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia in 2007. She continued her postgraduate studies at the Medical Faculty, University of Ljubljana, where she took her PhD in 2011. In the same year she moved to Finland and took a break from her professional career, became a mother of two and dedicated her time to the children and learning the Finnish language.


In 2017, she started to work as a general practitioner at a small animal clinic in Nastola, Southern Finland, where she immediately found a passion for small animal dentistry. She has continuously educated herself. Her mission is to educate the pet owners about the importance of good oral health of their pets and to provide the best possible dental care to cats and dogs at a general practice level.

+35850 407 2766

Eläinlääkäriasema Viiksistä Hännänpäähän

Nastola, Finland

Maja Spiljak-Pakkanen, DVM

Lisa Goldburg, DVM

Dr. Goldburg received her veterinary degree from the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2002. She developed an interest in dentistry early on and in 2016, she discovered Dr. Beckman’s comprehensive online courses. Thus began her journey towards certification in veterinary dentistry for the general practitioner. The positive feedback from clients and the ability to dramatically improve an animal’s quality of life has inspired Dr. Goldburg to devote most of her time to general dentistry. When not performing consults and surgery she also enjoys practicing all areas of general medicine.


Her place of practice since 2005, Regency Veterinary Clinic in Boca Raton, Florida, will be doubling its square footage this year with renovations to include a new dental suite with two surgery tables.


Outside of work Dr. Goldburg has many interests including yoga, pilates, cycling, hiking, reading, doing crosswords, spending time at the beach and traveling with her husband and family. She is the proud mom of 2 almost grown daughters, 2 dogs and 2 cats.

(561) 999-5551

Regency Veterinary Clinic

Boca Raton, Florida

Dr. Tonya Hardy attended Louisiana State University where she received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine degree in 1996, Go Tigers!! After completing an internship in equine surgery, in Opelousas, La she then moved to Park City, Utah, where she began her career in a mixed animal practice. Dr. Hardy soon realized her goals in surgery were best served in the small animal field and began her transition to strictly small animal practice. She got a lot of her education and experience through Banfield pet hospital. Dr. Hardy was a Chief of staff, a partner, an associate doctor, and Medical Director while employed with Banfield. She expanded her mentor, managerial and leadership skills along with medical skills. Expanding on her love of teaching she began teaching classes at Broadview Veterinary technician school. This also inspired her to go back to school and achieve her Master of Business Administration in leadership in 2016. Dr. Hardy is proficient in soft tissue surgery, orthopedics and now has expanded her oral and dental surgical skills.

Tonya Hardy, DVM

Dr. Hardy also serves on the Utah Veterinary Medical Association and the Utah Veterinary License Board. She loves to be involved with advising on quality of medicine that pets get and making sure that standards are being met. She also volunteers her time with the American Veterinary Medical Association on the RACE committee and the CVTEA committee.


In her free time, she loves to hike, bike and camp with her husband, golden retriever, and savannah cat in the Utah mountains.

(435) 654-3837

Wasatch Animal Clinic

Heber City, Utah 84032

Roberto Cediel, DVM

Dr. Roberto Cediel was born in Colombia, South America where he spent most of his childhood and teenage years. He relocated to Minnesota for his high school and college education where he attended St. Cloud State University for his undergraduate and graduate degrees. His Masters degree focused on studying Hawaiian waterfall climbing fishes in Hilo, Hawaii. After graduate school, he attended the University of Illinois for his degree in Veterinary Medicine.


Currently Dr. Cediel serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Primary Care Medicine at Midwestern University in Phoenix, Arizona.

(623) 806-7494

Midwestern University

Glendale, Arizona

I graduated with my Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatchewan with a special interest in mixed practice and small animal dentistry in 2017. I then moved to a rural, mixed practice in Northern BC where I treated all creatures big and small. The thrill of large animal medicine, including performing equine floats, many late-night calvings and dystocias, was plentiful! After 3 years enduring the northern chill, I moved down south to the Okanagan region where I currently practice as an associate at our local companion animal emergency hospital and perform elective and dental surgeries at a day practice.


Throughout my career, I have seen first hand the benefits of providing dental care. My own feline beast, Sol, suffered from painful feline resorptive lesions. Before diagnosis, Sol's only presenting sign was overgrooming, which quickly resolved after extraction of the problem teeth. He became a lot more comfortable and his beautiful haircoat grew back. Oral health can be an unseen cause of discomfort, and with the VDP program, I am confident I can continue to provide the highest quality of dental care possible.

Katrina Barth, DVM

In my off time, I enjoy kayaking, biking and skiing. I am excited to see how the future of veterinary medicine changes for our furry patients with medical innovations and feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to take the IVDI continuing education.

(250) 768-4688

Westbank Animal Care Hospital

2429 Drought Rd, West Kelowna, BC V4T 1P7, Canada

Although we have never needed to do this,
If for any reason this course does not provide the value that
you expect within 30 days, let us know and we will refund
your entire registration fee.

Veterinary Dental Practitioner Program
and Mastermind Member

“I enrolled in the certification process and continue to work towards that goal. Thank you Dr. Beckman for providing life changing education and inspiring a drive to be better. If you should ever wonder… is it worth it?? YES.. is the resounding answer. I am not vocal on Facebook or at Masterminds … But I wanted you to know of the difference you have made!!”

Helene Kelly, DVM

Northern Lakes Veterinary Clinic

Hillsdale, Wisconsin

“Dr Beckman you are the one that open my eyes and showed me not to be afraid from dentistry. You were there for me when nobody was so i am eternally grateful for what you have done and continue doing for us”

Gergana Hristova, DVM

ItaVet Veterinary Clinic

Laval, Quebec

“Thank you Dr. Beckman for doing this for us, and more importantly, for our patients. There is nobody else out there working so tirelessly for us GPs like you do.”

Erika Lukas, DVM

Fitchburg Veterinary Hospital

Madison, Wisconsin

“Before I went off to vet school, one of my advisors at Penn State game me the best advice…”Once you start practice, play around for a few years and find something you like that you are good at…and then do everything you can to develop that skill to make yourself valuable.” – For me, dentistry has been that skill set. Not only do I enjoy it, I love being able to provide care and comfort to our patients. Not only have I gained all the dentistry knowledge one could ask for and more from Dr. Brett and all of his teachings, I've become the expert at my practice in anesthesia due to all the extra steps I take with pain management and also thanks to the anesthesia course.”

Brooke Reynolds, DVM

Cabarrus Animal Hospital

Concord, North Carolina

“Brett, Thank you SO MUCH for all that have done and are doing. I can't thank you enough or tell you how much you have done in that regard just for me in my practice – then there are all of the others you are helping.”

Julia Gilkerson, DVM

Atlantic Cat Hospital

Halifax, Nova Scotia

“Thank you Dr. Beckman for all you do. Learning dentistry is career (and life!) changing.”

Sarah Ripepi, DVM

Monongahela Animal Hospital

Clairton, Pennsylvania

“I have learned so much and look forward to learning more! You and everyone in the group teaches me and makes me better. I do truly feel that I have helped a lot of animals because of YOU ALL!!”

Mary Connor, DVM

Kindness pet hospital

Santa Rosa Beach, Florida

Although we have never needed to do this,
If for any reason this course does not provide the value that
you expect within 30 days, let us know and we will refund
your entire registration fee.

“The Virtual Wet Labs offered by International Veterinary Dentistry Institute are a wonderful resource for learning. They are an excellent opportunity to practice and receive immediate feedback on extraction technique. The training and tips outlined in the course videos are enhanced by the personal advice during the wet labs. It's been a confidence-building experience and the practical aspect has been fine-tuned and streamlined. Thanks for putting in the effort to make these virtual wet labs happen.”

Sherrie Crow, DVM

Winthrop Veterinary Clinic

Seattle, Washington

“Dr. Beckman’s Virtual Wetlabs are a wonderful open forum to share knowledge and have immediate feedback on technique. It’s a great way to learn with your peers, ask questions, and develop the skills necessary to advance your dental practice.”

Erika Pitkat, DVM

Pets R Family Veterinary Hospital

St. Augustine, Florida

“The virtual wet labs are a fun and convenient way to improve my extraction skills at my home operatory. It is almost as if the instructor is standing beside me teaching me every step of the way to a successful extraction on the most difficult teeth. This is as good as or better than labs in veterinary school or on the road without the travel and expense. Thanks to Dr. Beckman and team for figuring out how to make this not only virtual but real hands-on education!”

Raj Singh, DVM

Sunnyvale Veterinary Clinic

Sunnyvale, California

“Dr. Beckman is so dedicated to teaching GPs to do high-quality dental procedures that he has developed Virtual Wet Labs. Now anyone from anywhere can get live practical teaching while performing extractions from their own practice. He and his crew are patient and welcome all questions & concerns. I can’t recommend the VDP program enough!”

Risa Moore, DVM

Affordable PetCare Hospital

Naples, Florida

“Brett I know I have told you before but I am so thankful for you. You have made such a powerful impact on my life and ultimately on the lives of my precious patients.”

Troy Bearden, DVM

Shallowford Animal Hospital

Chattanooga, Tennessee