Dr. Frank Verstraete graduated as a veterinarian at the University of Gent (Belgium). He pursued his graduate studies at the University of Pretoria (South Africa) where he completed a residency in small animal surgery. In 1987, when the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry was founded in the USA, Dr. Verstraete was the only non-North American Charter Fellow. He is also a Charter Diplomate of the European Veterinary Dental College, as well as a Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College and the European College of Veterinary Surgeons.
Since the end of 1994, Dr. Verstraete is affiliated with the UC Davis, where he currently is Professor of Dentistry and Oral Surgery, and Chief of the Dentistry & Oral Surgery Service. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Orofacial Sciences, Division of Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and Oral Radiology, at the School of Dentistry of the UC, San Francisco.
His main research interests are comparative oral pathology, radiology and surgery. His book Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Dogs and Cats is the first specialty book in veterinary dentistry.