The Board


Jens Ruhnau

President Elect:

Jerzy Gawor
DVM PhD Fellow Academy of Veterinary Dentistry, Dipl.EVDC Dipl.AVDC



Dr Jerzy Paweł Gawor (1966) graduated in April 1992. He received his PhD in 1996. Since January 2009 Fellow Academy of Veterinary Dentistry. In 2015 successfully completed requirements and became Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College and European Veterinary Dental College. His main field of professional activity is dentistry, head and neck surgery and oncology. Published and presented over 120 publications in veterinary dentistry.


Past President:

Philippe Hennet

Philippe graduated from the Toulouse Veterinary School in the south-West of France in 1988. He then spent two years in general small animal practice before going to the University of Pennsylvania where he completed a residency in veterinary dentistry from 1990 to 1992. He became a Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College in 1993 and a Diplomate of the European Veterinary Dental College in 1998. He is a co-founder of the French Veterinary Dental Group (GEROS/AFVAC), of the European Veterinary Dental Society (EVDS) and of the European Veterinary Dental College (EVDC). He has been president of the GEROS, of the EVDS and of the EVDC. He has been a part-time lecturer and clinical assistant in veterinary dentistry in the veterinary school in Lyon and in Paris until 2004.



Lieven Vlaminck
DVM, PhD, Dipl ECVS, Dipl EVDC Eq
Assistant Professor 


Ana Nemec

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Dr. Ana Nemec was born in Slovenia, Europe. She graduated as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia in 2004. She continued with a multi-disciplinary PhD program in Biomedicine at the University of Ljubljana, focusing on research in the systemic effect of periodontal disease, while working as a veterinarian at the Small Animal Clinic of the Veterinary Faculty. She completed her PhD with the thesis “The effect of oral inoculation with Porphyromonas gingivalis on systemic nitric oxide levels in mice” in 2009, before moving to Davis to specialize in dentistry and oral surgery. She completed the residency training program in Dentistry and Oral Surgery at the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, University of California, Davis, in 2012 and became a Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College in 2013. In autumn 2012 Dr. Nemec returned to her home University in Ljubljana as an Assistant Professor, but she also maintains a research appointment as a Research Associate at the Department of Surgical and Radiological Sciences. Her main interest is oral biology, and in particular host response to oral bacteria and tumor biology. 

Equine Section:

Nicole du Toit

Nicole du Toit

Nicole qualified at Onderstepoort in 2000. She then spent two years working in mixed private practice in the UK. Followed by 3yrs Equine residency at the Edinburgh University Equine hospital, gaining a CertEP qualification and an MSc in research on Equine cyathostomins. It was here that she specialised for another 3yrs to get her PHD in Equine teeth and dentistry.  In 2011 she returned to South Africa and offers an Equine dentistry service doing routine and advanced dentistry work. Nicole was involved in the Speciality Organising Committee in establishing a equine subspecialty in the EVDC (and AVDC), and in 2013 became one of the first 8 EVDC (equine) diplomats to be accepted.


Neil Townsend

Members at Large:

Simone Kirby

graduated from Berlin University in 1992, worked in private practice until residency in 1999, then 2 years at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA. Returned to private practice in the UK until 2014, since then Lecturer in Veterinary Dentistry at the Royal Veterinary College, London. Diplomate of the EVDC since 2004; served on the Board as Secretary and Member at Large, and as Chair of the Credentials Committee. Past-President of the British Veterinary Dental Association. Married with two step kids and two cats.


Frank Verstraete