Congratulations to Peter Southerden, the Head of Dentistry, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Eastcott Referrals in Swindon, who has been recognised as an American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC) Founding Fellow in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. 

Pete (pictured right), an RCVS Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Dentistry, was recognised for his outstanding contributions to the discipline of veterinary oral and maxillofacial surgery (OMFS).

There are a total of 14 founding fellows and Pete is the only one practising in Europe. The award will mean it’s possible for an OMFS Fellowship programme to be delivered at Eastcott Referrals in the future.

Pete said: "To be accepted as an AVDC Fellow is a real honour and I’m delighted to be awarded this position. There is a pretty rigorous process to go through to become a Founding Fellow of the AVDC, so it’s extremely gratifying to be recognised."

At the same time, another Eastcott clinician is also celebrating recognition in the same discipline: Andrew Perry has become a European Veterinary Specialist in Dentistry.

Pete said: "We all congratulate Andrew on his achievement. He is a hugely valuable and experienced member of the team here.

"It’s a very exciting time for Eastcott, as we seek to expand our dentistry and oral and maxillofacial surgery department and develop new techniques in OMFS.

"We have a highly experienced team and will adding another Resident in the new year, so we’re in an extremely strong position to deal with a large caseload and able to see a wide range of different cases."

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