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Providing Referral Dental Services Since 1991
Guelph, Ontario, Canada


We are excited to welcome Dr. Martin Hamilton to our team at Hale Veterinary Hospital! 
Dr. Hamilton has enjoyed getting to know our patients, clients, extended team of veterinary professionals,
and all of our referring practice Veterinarians. Join us in extending a warm welcome to Dr. Hamilton!

Here’s a bit more about Dr. Hamilton: 

Martin Hamilton graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2016, working in a small animal general practice
for two years before moving to Canada in 2018. He continued to work in small animal general practice in Toronto,
before moving to Ottawa in 2020 to undertake a residency in veterinary dentistry and oral surgery. 

Following completion of his residency, Dr Hamilton moved to Guelph in 2023 to join the team at Hale Veterinary Clinic. 

In 2024, Dr. Hamilton completed the necessary requirements and is now a Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College®, meaning he is a Board Certified Veterinary Dentist™

Martin enjoys keeping active in his spare time, as well as cooking and gardening.
Martin and his fiancée, Sarah, are kept entertained by their three crazy cats – Oliver, Bucky, and MacGregor.


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The Steps for Arranging a Referral/Visit
or for Advice on a Case



Veterinarians please fill out this form
even when just asking for advice on a case and send everything to info@toothvet.ca 


Guidelines for owners or veterinarians for sending images for telemedicine.
 Good images help immensely when triaging cases and offering guidance.



Pet owners must read this information package, complete the

form on the last two pages and send it to us by email - Client Package.



If the pet is not up to date on its rabies protection, 
review our Policy on Rabies Vaccine Status and
watch this video for a detailed discussion of the reasons for it.


"How much and when?" Those are the two most common questions we get.
This bulletin explains why there is no simple answer to either question.
Top Two Questions


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To view educational articles/videos on dental and oral health issues, click here.

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Dr. Hale's YouTube channel can be found here


We are accepting instruments for sharpening by appointment.
You must call to schedule your instruments' arrival.
and here is a flier on this service - Sharpening



American Veterinary Dental College

Foundation for Veterinary Dentistry

Veterinary Oral Health Council

Veterinary Dental Forum

To find a veterinary dentist near you and a lot more information for owners and the profession.



Formerly the American Veterinary Dental Society and publisher of the
Journal of Veterinary Dentistry


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AAHA Dental Care Guidelines 

CVO's Position on Veterinary Dentistry

Anesthesia-Free Dentistry More on Anesthesia-Free Dentistry

The American Animal Hospital Association published their first guidelines for providing veterinary dental care as of 2005. Here are the 2019 guidelines 

Is your veterinarian offering this level of care? Be sure to ask.


The College of Veterinarians of Ontario published this position statement in 2008 on the provision of veterinary dental care in Ontario. All veterinarians in Ontario should be adhering to this policy. Does yours? Be sure to ask.


My explanation of this statement

In Ontario, Anesthesia Free Tooth Grooming is not currently (2019) illegal. The logic in the court ruling was that since veterinarians do not offer this, it is not "practicing veterinary medicine without a license". Why do veterinarians in Ontario not offer this? Because it is considered malpractice to do so. So lay people with no valid training and no regulation are allowed to do this. What could possibly go wrong?

Here is my statement on this situation written in January of 2018.

And my video, recorded April 2020

The Ontario court ruling from 2017 with my comments.

Regardless of jurisdiction or current regulations, Anesthesia-Free Dentistry is a terrible idea and should be avoided completely.

Here is a clip from the Veterinary News Network

The American Veterinary Dental College has several resources on the subject. This page has links to various AVDC Position Statements, including the one on Anesthesia-Free Dentistry

And the AVDC has a lot more information here.

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons also has a
position statement

I have placed these and other resources on this page:
Anesthesia-Free Dentistry - Vet Dent Edu