MEET Dr Rachel Perry

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DR. RACHEL PERRY – BSc, BVM&S, MANZCVS (Small Animal Dentistry & Oral Surgery), Dipl.EVDC, MRCVS
EBVS ® European Veterinary Specialist, Dentistry
RCVS Specialist, Veterinary Dentistry

Honorary Lecturer in Dentistry in Clinical Science & Services, Royal Veterinary College, London; EVDC Executive and Examination Committee Member.

I love teeth! They are fascinating. Can you believe that your teeth are essentially the same as your dog’s or cat’s, or a tiger’s? 

I am a Specialist in Veterinary Dentistry, which means I am specialised in treating conditions of the mouth and teeth of all animals. 

I became a veterinary surgeon after six years of studying at Edinburgh University and in 2010 after several years as a general practice vet, I decided to specialise in dentistry, which meant I then dedicated all of my professional time to oral and dental problems.

In 2012, I passed the memberships examination in Small Animal Dentistry and Oral Surgery for the dentistry chapter of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (ANZCVS)

In 2016, I passed the challenging European Veterinary Dental College examinations to become an EBVS® European Veterinary Specialist in Dentistry and was granted RCVS Specialist status the following year.

“I am currently 1 of only 9 Veterinary Specialists in Veterinary Dentistry in the United Kingdom, and 45 within Europe.”

I am happy to accept referrals for any oral or dental problem in cats, dogs and zoo animals. 

I dedicate all of my professional time to treating dogs’, cats’ and zoo animals’ oral and dental problems and I’m very passionate about it!

Being a veterinary dentist is so rewarding as we can make huge, positive impacts to animals’ health and well being by detecting and treating dental and oral problems. 

I also spend a lot of time teaching at both under-graduate and post-graduate level, which I love. I am honorary lecturer in dentistry at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), London, teaching vet and vet nurse students. The RVC has just been ranked as the world’s TOP veterinary university, with a perfect score for academic reputation and research impact.

I provide extensive veterinary dental continuing education for vets and vet nurses, both in-person and on-line. Have a look at the Continuing Education Page for upcoming canine and feline dentistry CPD events that I will be teaching.

I have lectured at conferences nationally and internationally, including; BVDA, BSAVA, VDF, EVDF, BVA, LVS and ISFM.


I enjoy travelling and bike-packing, and last year cycled the Hebridean Way.

I’ve also trekked to Everest Base Camp in the Nepalese Himalayas, and also enjoy hiking and attempting to snowboard and cross-country ski.

As you can see I also love the colour orange!

I enjoy triathlons, and have raced at all levels from super-sprint to Ironman.

In 2017 I represented Great Britain in the age-group ITU World Championships in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

I am a Triathlon England Level 2 Coach and part of the coaching team at Brighton Tri Club.


I grew up with dogs, and I now share my life with two cats named Mooks and Evie. 

They keep me entertained on a regular basis. Mooks doesn’t mind his teeth being brushed but Evie becomes the 8-legged octopus.


In 2018, I joined the EVDCEC, European Veterinary Dental College Examination Committee. 

I am therefore responsible for assessing candidates sitting the qualifying examinations to become a veterinary dental specialist.

professional organisations



Perry R. The endodontic armamentarium. In Niemiec BA ed. Veterinary Endodontics. 2011 Practical Veterinary Publishing, San Diego. 37-77

Perry R. Impressions for orthodontics. In Niemiec BA ed. Veterinary Orthodontics. 2013 Practical Veterinary Publishing, San Diego. 48-65

Perry R. Cases supplied for Feline Medicine: Review and Test. Taylor S, Harvey A (eds). Edinburgh: Saunders Elsevier, 2015: 309-317


I currently provide peer review of publications for:

Australian Veterinary Journal,

Journal of Small Animal Practice,

Companion Animal,

The Veterinary Record,

Feline Focus,

Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery.


Perry, R. Veterinary Dental Radiology – What’s normal in dogs and cats? VETcpd Journal 2017; 4 (3): 8-16

Perry. R. Veterinary Dental Radiology: Detecting and interpreting pathology. VETcpd Journal 2017; 4 (4): 13-20

Perry, R. Common dental frustrations and how to overcome them. In Practice 2017; 39: 475-477

Perry, R. Feline Chronic Gingivostomatitis. Where are we now? Feline Focus 2017, 3: 311-318

Perry R, Tutt C. Periodontal disease in cats. Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery 2015; 17: 45-65

Perry R, Moore D, Scurrell E. Globe penetration in a cat after maxillary nerve block for dental surgery. Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery2015; 17:66-72

Perry R. Final year veterinary students’ attitudes towards small animal dentistry: a questionnaire-based survey. Journal of Small Animal Practice2014; 55 (9): 457-464 which was winner of the 2015 BSAVA Dunkin Award for the most useful publication in the Journal of Small Animal Practice by a practitioner.

Perry R, Robertson E. Still willing to drill? Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery 2014; 16 (11): 871-2. Guest editor to two special clinical editions of JFMS dedicated to feline dentistry.

Perry R. Dental impression materials. Journal of Veterinary Dentistry 2013; 30 (2): 116-124