Wildlife Vet

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Dr Steenkamp was only the second veterinarian in South Africa to open a referral service related to veterinary dentistry and maxillofacial surgery, but is currently the longest practicing referral service in South Africa after opening his doors in 1998. This was after he spent 3 years in the United Kingdom where he learnt his trade and spent lots of time working with specialists in the field.

Dr Steenkamp works on animals of all shapes and sizes so whether you have a dog, cat, elephant, cheetah or bat and he will be more than happy to help with any dentistry and maxillofacial surgery related problem these animals may be experiencing. However, please remember that these services are rendered at his practice for domestic animals based in Pretoria, Gauteng.

Dr Steenkamp is the owner of Vetdent SA which based in Pretoria, Gauteng and we utilize our Zoo Dentist site to differentiate between his small animal practice and his extensive travels when assisting with wildlife.

Offsite calls at a farm or zoo are only attended to for wildlife as he understands the challenges in transporting and anaesthetising these patients. The equipment he uses is very portable and he also flies internationally to deal with wildlife cases. (some interesting articles can be found in the newspaper section)

Wildlife dentistry is a fascinating extension of veterinary dentistry. This combines knowledge of procedures on companion animals with the unique anatomy of the various animal species we may encounter.


Very often little instrumentation exists for the procedures that need to perform and for this Dr Steenkamp is most greatful to Prof. Danie Burger, an engineer of the University of Pretoria that accompanies him on many of his excursions and is always ready to manufacture what he required to complete the procedure/task


Dr Steenkamp will always prefer to deal with any case in the faculty hospital that is fully equipped to deal with any wildlife species from a mouse to an elephant; however; experience has shown him that this is not always feasible and therefore he is able to do most of his procedures outdoors on the farm or at the zoo in South Africa or abroad.


Anaesthesia is a very important component of any veterinary dentistry or maxillofacial procedure, therefore it is imperative that potential clients should realise that a qualified person should always be available to administer this, alternatively he advises on people he has worked with on previous occasions and who have a vast experience of the intricacies involved.

 

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