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Nadine Fiani, DVM, BVSc (Hons), DAVDC, Assistant Clinical Professor

DVM, BVSc (Hons), DAVDC, Dentistry and Oral Surgery Service Dr. Fiani graduated with honors from the Veterinary University of Sydney in 2005, and then took an internship with small animal medicine and surgery at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Camden. Here she started to be interested in advanced techniques in veterinary dentistry and oral surgery. To deepen her knowledge, Dr. Fiani completed a three-year residency at the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at the University of California at Davis, thereby becoming a certified specialist in American Veterinary Dental College. Dr. Fiani is working at the faculty of veterinary medicine at Cornell University in New York. 

Today, Dr. Fiani is the only certified veterinary dentist in New South Wales. Her main interests include endodontics, orthodontics and maxillofacial reconstructive surgery. She has particular interest for dentistry of wild animals and therefore she is a main dentist at Taronga Zoo and Mogo Zoo in Australia.

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Frank J. M. Verstraete, DrMedVet, BVSc (Hons), MMedVet, DAVDC, DECVS, DEVDC (Chief of Service), Professor

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.

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Santiago Peralta, DVM, DAVDC, Assistant Professor

Santiago Peralta has been practicing veterinary dentistry and oral surgery since 2004. He received his degree in veterinary medicine from La Salle University in Bogota, Colombia, in 1999. He worked in private practice for six years before specializing in dentistry and oral surgery. He completed a Residency in Veterinary Dentistry and Oral Surgery at the University of California - Davis in 2009, and joined the faculty at Cornell in 2011. He is a Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College.



Boaz Arzi, DVM, DAVDC, DEVDC, Associate Professor

Dr. Boaz Arzi was born in Israel. He graduated from Szent Istvan University, Budapest, Hungary in 2002 with a degree in Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Arzi returned to Israel to become a partner in a small animal veterinary hospital in Haifa, where he completed five years of intensive clinical practice. He completed the residency training program in Dentistry and Oral Surgery at the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. Dr. Arzi became a Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College in 2012. In the summer of 2010, Dr. Arzi joined Dr. Athanasiou’s lab in the UC Davis Department of Biomedical Engineering as a post-doc fellow, working on bioengineered fibrocartilage spectrums and their surgical applications. Dr. Arzi is currently an assistant professor and with the Dentistry and Oral Surgery Service.

His main interests include maxillofacial reconstruction, tissue engineering, and microsurgical techniques.