Exotic Animal Dentistry
Exotic Animal Dentistry is a course offered during the senior year to both dental students and dental hygiene students and is designed to provide a fascinating and unique experience in applying the principles of human dentistry to dental problems frequently encountered in the animal world.
The course is taught in conjunction with members of the veterinary staff at the Louisville Zoo, an internationally recognized facility, and offers exposure to a very wide variety of exotic and endangered animal species. University of Louisville School of Dentistry professor Dr. Tom Clark and the members of the veterinary staff are published in respected journals of veterinary and zoo medicine, and ongoing research projects benefit this course. Students not only have the opportunity to perform dental procedures on rare and exotic animals, but are given the experience of seeing how zoos operate and are educated in ecological principles that effect us all.
This collaborative effort between the School of Dentistry and the Louisville Zoo is uniquely special, and this course is the only one of its kind offered in the United States, and most likely, the world.