Veterinary dentists are specialists trained to treat dental, oral and maxillofacial disease. A dental specialist has successfully completed years of residency training and rigorous testing of their academic knowledge, as well as technical and surgical skill. A Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC) is "a veterinarian who has been certified by AVDC as having demonstrated specialist knowledge and expertise in veterinary dentistry as a result of completing the AVDC training requirements and having successfully passed the AVDC examination. AVDC is recognized as the specialist certification organization in veterinary dentistry in North America by the American Board of Veterinary Specialties."
Dr. Battig grew up in Salem, and attended Brigham Young University where she received a BS in general science. She received her doctorate of veterinary medicine from the Oregon State College of Veterinary Medicine in 1985. After working as a State Veterinarian for greyhound and thoroughbred race tracks, she moved to Fairbanks, Alaska in June of 1990. She worked for several years at other veterinary clinics in the Fairbanks area, as well as other communities around Alaska. In January 1998, Dr. Battig opened Chena Ridge Veterinary Clinic, which is still in operation in Fairbanks today.
In 2002, Dr. Battig began her path of becoming a Board Certified Veterinary Dental Specialist, which had always been a passion of hers. She completed her extensive program in March 2011, and is excited to now be working as a Dental Specialist. Her recent move back to Oregon, along with the purchasing of the Animal Dental Clinic, has created the ideal setting for her. Her two dogs, Jessie Jane and Russel, are excited to be a part of the Animal Dental Clinic family as well.
Dr. Battig is a member of several Veterinary Organizations, including:
Dr. Randi Brannan received her doctor of veterinary medicine degree from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She is a Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC), a charter Fellow and past president of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry (AVD), and a member of the American Veterinary Dental Society (AVDS).
Dr. Brannan developed the Equine Track for the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry, which has increased the awareness of dental and oral disease in horses. She is a contributing author to the second edition of Baker and Easley’s Equine Dentistry, the Journal of Veterinary Dentistry and other veterinary publications.
She founded the Animal Dental Clinic in 1993 when she moved to Portland, Oregon. As a specialty referral practice she provided care for small animal patients in all areas of dentistry including periodontal therapy and surgery, oral surgery, endodontics, fracture repair, orthodontics and genetic counseling. She joined Pfizer Animal Health (now Zoetis) from October 2011 to September 2015 to conduct in-clinic seminars and workshops throughout the country. She left her practice in the capable hands of Dr. Jean Battig who owns the Animal Dental Clinic. Dr. Brannan has now returned to the Animal Dental Clinic, where she will practice dentistry with her friend and colleague, Dr. Battig. She will also be traveling nationally, continuing to teach dentistry in veterinary clinics.
Dr. Heidi Shafford has focused on providing anesthesia care for medically fragile pets since 2000. She considers herself a Patient Recovery Specialist because her goal is to optimize each pet’s recovery from the anesthesia and dental procedure. Pet owners frequently say that having Dr. Shafford involved in the care of their pet gives them peace of mind.
Dr. Shafford is passionate about improving anesthesia safety, minimizing patient stress, and maximizing patient comfort. She is thrilled to work with the team at Animal Dental Clinic. Learn more about Dr. Shafford and her anesthesia practice at vetanesthesiaspecialists.com
Originally from Alaska, Dr. Shafford has lived in Portland since 2007. She owns 2.5 cats* and 5 chickens, and in her free time, she enjoys flower gardening, hiking, and triathlons.
* That half a cat is a stray that is still his own cat!
Dr. Block joined the team at Animal Dental Clinic in 2013, and serves our clients with humor and compassion. Dr. Block received her undergraduate degree from Yale University, and her veterinary degree in 2010 from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. After working as a general practitioner, she completed her dentistry residency in 2016 under Dr. Battig’s mentorship.
Dr. Block loves to educate clients, as well as veterinary students and professionals, and to celebrate the positive outcomes that advanced oral care provides to her patients and their families. In her free time, Dr. Block enjoys cooking, fishing, brunching and all that Oregon has to offer with her husband, son and two German Wire-haired Pointers, Darwin and Gaucho.
Dr. Block is a member of several Veterinary Organizations, including:
Dr. Haggerty grew up in Long Beach, NY and attended Penn State University on a lacrosse scholarship for his undergraduate degree. He attended the University College Dublin (Ireland) College of Veterinary Medicine for his veterinary degree. After veterinary school, he took a mixed animal veterinary position in Canon City, CO followed by an equine internship in Lexington, KY. After completion of the internship, he and his family were ready for an adventure and moved to Juneau, AK where he worked as a small animal veterinarian. It was during this time that Dr. Haggerty developed his love for dentistry and oral surgery and consequently, in 2013, he began his alternative residency program under the mentorship of Dr. Pat Frost-Fitch DVM, DipAVDC. While spending time at Animal Dental Clinic during his training, he was always impressed with Dr. Battig's clinical skills as a dentist and oral surgeon, the amazing staff, and how smoothly the clinic operated. Dr. Haggerty was extremely excited and honored when the opportunity was presented to join ADC for the remainder of his program as full time resident under the mentorship of Dr. Battig.
In his free time, Dr. Haggerty enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 kids, playing the guitar, being active outside, and watching college sports. He looks forward to taking full advantage of all that this amazing part of the country has to offer.
Dr. Haggerty is a member of several Veterinary Organizations, including:
Animal Dental Clinic ©2017
15800 SW UPPER BOONES FERRY ROAD, SUITE 300 | LAKE OSWEGO, OR 97035
Dental Care for your dog or cat serving Lake Oswego, Portland, Milwaukie, Tigard, Tualtin, Beaverton & surrounding town.
Veterinary Web Design by Cheshire Partners