SPEAKERS AND TUTORS
Alexander M. Reiter
Dipl. Tzt., Dr. med. vet., Dipl. AVDC, Dipl. EVDC, FF-AVDC-OMFS
Dr. Alexander Reiter graduated from the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Austria in 1996. He completed a dentistry and oral surgery residency at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) in Philadelphia in 2000 and became a Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC) and European Veterinary Dental College (EVDC) in 2001. Dr. Reiter is Professor and Chief of Dentistry and Oral Surgery at Penn Vet’s small animal hospital. He also is a Founding Fellow, AVDC Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS). His clinical and research interests include dental, periodontal, oral and maxillofacial disease epidemiology, advanced periodontal surgery, bone grafting procedures, oral and maxillofacial surgery (trauma and oncology), palate surgery and palatal prosthetics, maxillofacial reconstruction, microsurgery (free microvascular tissue transfer), oral manifestation of systemic disease, and systemic manifestation of oral disease.
CVT, RDH, VTS (Dentistry)
Jeanette Eliason is a Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT), Veterinary Technician Specialist in Dentistry (VTS Dentistry), and Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH). She graduated from Philadelphia’s Manor College with two associate degrees of science, the veterinary technician degree in 2003 and the dental hygiene degree in 2005. Jeanette has been a member of the Dentistry and Oral Surgery Service at Penn Vet’s small animal hospital since 2005. She teaches dentistry in the form of rounds and wet labs to students, interns and residents and participates in the admission, care, diagnosis and treatment of veterinary patients and conduction of clinical research. Jeanette has served on the Colgate Dental Hygiene Board in 2017 and is an active team member of the Dental Hygiene/EFDA Advisory Board at Manor College. In 2018, Jeanette passed all three parts of the examination of the Academy of Veterinary Dental Technicians (AVDT) and was granted the designation VTS Dentistry. Jeanette is a frequent lecturer at local, state, and national continuing education conferences.
Colin E. Harvey
BVSc, FRCVS, Dipl. ACVS, Dipl. AVDC, FF-AVDC and ACVS-OMFS
Dr. Colin Harvey (summary of CV) is Emeritus Professor of Surgery and Dentistry having retired from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) in 2013. He graduated from the University of Bristol Veterinary School, United Kingdom in 1966 and then completed an internship and residency in small animal surgery at Penn Vet. He became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) in 1972 and a Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC) in 1988. He narrowed his academic and clinical activities at Penn Vet to the mouth, ear, nose and throat, and from about 1980 onward, to oral and dental areas. Recognizing that veterinary dentistry and oral surgery deserved recognition as a distinct discipline, he created the Dentistry and Oral Surgery Service at Penn Vet’s small animal hospital, recruited a Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) as a service member to ensure that dental and periodontal scoring in research projects was meticulously conducted, and developed a dentistry and oral surgery residency program. Since the early 1980s, his research projects and clinical investigations have centered on oral and dental conditions, and in particular periodontal disease. His clinical interests and research work led to the formation of the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC), which he served as the Director from 1997 to 2019.