Jasmin LeggeWarwickshire-based Avonvale Veterinary Centre has created the role of 'nurse dental champions', both to help fight against dental disease and to create a rewarding role for the latest generation of its nurses who have an interest in the subject.

Avonvale’s nurse dental champions are RVNs who have a special interest in dentistry. They receive additional career development and training, both in-house and via webinars. They also attend practical workshops.

They also get training and support materials from specialists at Eastcott Referrals, in Swindon.

They're then tasked with educating colleagues and clients about dental care and disease prevention.

Nurse dental champion, Jasmin Legge (picture right), said: "We increase owners' knowledge of what dental treatments can be performed at Avonvale and highlight the welfare benefits of dentistry to them.

"We give our patients a free consultation and take a look to see if they have any dental issues.

"If we believe they do, they will be referred to a vet for this to be confirmed and for them to assess what work is needed.

"We are also able to carry out scale and polishes on animals and we follow this up with educational post-dental checks, giving advice to owners on how to maintain good dental hygiene.

"Dental disease is a common problem and can cause misery for a lot of pets, which is why we want to do all we can to help alleviate the problem and to educate owners on how they can play their part.

"Here at Avonvale, when you have a particular area of interest, you are given amazing opportunities to help develop it. Nurse dental champions are a prime example of this."

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