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There are over 13,000 small animal shelters in the United States alone?

There are hundreds of sanctuaries, and over 200 registered zoos and aquariums in the US alone?

That makes a lot of animals in need of help!

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Our History

The Peter Emily International Veterinary Dental Foundation (PEIVDF) was founded in 2005 as a private charitable foundation. Dr. Peter Emily, DDS, Hon AVDC AVD, donated the initial funds which formed the private foundation in order to continue his life’s work promoting the oral and dental health of domestic and captive animals around the world.

Our mission is to provide life improving advanced veterinary dental care and treatment to exotic animals located in US (and in the future, overseas) captive animal facilities and animal sanctuaries, which are under funded and/or understaffed from a veterinary perspective. Please visit our Tuition for Missions page for more information. Through these missions, we are also increasing the availability of veterinary dental education through hands-on learning opportunities.

In early 2009, the board of the private foundation realized that in order for us to achieve our goals, raising additional funds needed to become a priority. As a result, on June 23, 2009 PEIVDF was incorporated and recognized by the IRS as a public charity. PEIVDF will focus on the operational side – fundraising, conducting missions, and by these activities, ensuring that there is a continuous supply of qualified practitioners willing and able to provide veterinary dental services to captive animals.

Ongoing PEIVDF Mission

PEIVDF will continue to develop its reach to include:

  • The provision of educational services to the chosen captive animal facilities/sanctuaries, through lectures, seminars, study groups, and any and all other appropriate means, to facilitate the provision of, and/or improve the ongoing exotic animal veterinary dental care available at these facilities.
  • The development of a curriculum to expand its reach by training qualified veterinary and caretaker staff in advanced exotic animal veterinary dental techniques. Trained staff will be utilized to provide care to qualified captive exotic animal facilities which apply to the foundation for assistance.
  • Affiliation with other organizations to study and reduce the effects of line breeding on mandibular and other oral deformities in animals, through the collection of scientific data obtained during the provision of the foundation’s services.

PEIVDF is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) public charity.