Swindon’s top veterinary referral centre has boosted its specialist dentistry team thanks to recent exam success.

Alix Freeman has become a recognised European Veterinary Specialist in Dentistry after passing her EBVS® exams. 

Her success enhances the collective credentials of the dentistry team following the retirement of veterinary dentistry specialist and Eastcott founder, Peter Southerden. 

Eastcott residents have so far had unparalleled success in their diploma exams, with four out of four passing the theory part of the exams first time. 

Alix, who is also secretary of the British Veterinary Dental association, said: “I’m relieved and exhausted, but delighted with this achievement. 

“With the sad departure of Peter, I have some big shoes to fill within the department, but I aim to help fellow specialist Andrew Perry grow the maxillofacial surgical caseload with the surgical skills I have thus far obtained from attending human courses. 

“I’m so lucky I've chosen a specialism which allows me to treat my patients’ problems almost instantaneously and to work on such a varied case load at Eastcott, no two cases are the same and there is always a new challenge. 

“We are seeing the maxillofacial surgery side of the department growing with more and more head trauma cases being sent to us from other referral practices for advanced fracture repair techniques, such as miniplates.

“We are also seeing an increase in surgical oncologic caseloads with patients requiring jaw reconstruction following tumour removal.”

Alix graduated from Bristol Veterinary School at the University of Bristol in 2008 and worked in a mixed animal practice before joining Eastcott in January 2019 as a full-time EVDC resident in dentistry and oral surgery. 

After three years of training, Alix now plans to mark the occasion with a special trip to celebrate her specialist status.

She added: “I’m celebrating by travelling to Borneo to volunteer for two weeks treating dental problems in orangutans and slow lorises for International Animal Rescue. 

“I also hope to start publishing more of the work we do at Eastcott in scientific journals now I will be spending a little less time studying.” 

For more information about Eastcott Referrals visit www.eastcottreferrals.co.uk or search for Eastcott Veterinary Referrals on social media. 

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