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Referring Veterinarians please follow these simple instructions on
How to Refer

Client-instruction videos can be found by clicking this link.

Pet owners who have been referred to Hale Veterinary Clinic,
click here for a package of useful documents to review.

Also, review our Policy on Rabies Vaccine Status


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My cat Nicholas



Hi, and welcome to my practice.

My name is Dr. Fraser Hale. I am a veterinary dental specialist with an office in Guelph, Ontario. I am a veterinarian first, and have specialized in dental and oral surgery. I have been practicing since 1984, and have been doing nothing but dental and oral surgery in pets in a referral capacity since 1991.

I treat dogs and cats of all ages, sizes and breeds on referral from veterinarians across Ontario and beyond. We work in cooperation with your primary care veterinarian to provide optimum care before, during and after your visit to Hale Veterinary Clinic.

This web site is designed to answer your preliminary questions and provide helpful information. If you have other specific questions, please follow the steps outlined on our landing page and send the information to our referrals coordinator, info@toothvet.ca. Please be aware that we cannot offer specific treatment recommendations for animals we have not seen at our clinic. We can make general comments and offer information that may or may not apply to the animal in question.

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Fraser Hale

Note: further biographical information below

I have a favour to ask. If you find any bad links or problems on this website, please let me know so I can fix things up. Go to Contacts to get in touch with us.



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American Veterinary Dental College

Academy of Veterinary Dentistry


Dr. Fraser Hale is a board-certified veterinary dentist. That means he is a diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College (Dipl AVDC), which permits him to use the term ‘veterinary dental specialist’. In 1997, following several years of part-time study, Dr. Hale became the first veterinarian in Ontario and the third in Canada to pass all three parts of the AVDC’s examination and gain this credential. There are currently fewer than 200  diplomates of the AVDC and EVDC worldwide.

Dr. Hale has limited his practice to veterinary dental cases referred by colleagues since 1991. In that time, he has treated thousands of companion animals with a very wide range of dental and oral problems. The practice was mobile originally, but since the fall of 1994, he has practiced at an office in Guelph, Ontario.

Those funny letters

Those letters after the name (Dr. Fraser Hale, DVM, FAVD, Dipl AVDC) mean the following:

  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
  • Fellow of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry
  • Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College


Dr. Hale graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1984. He worked as an associate in a small animal hospital in Scarborough for five years, where his interest in veterinary dentistry first began. In 1988, he joined the American Veterinary Dental Society (the only requirement of membership being the annual dues) and began to attend continuing education programs on the subject.

In 1989, he moved to Fergus, to be the small animal veterinarian in a mixed practice. The practice had virtually no dental equipment, so he bought his own and was soon doing two to three dental procedures per day (still pretty basic stuff).

In the spring of 1991, Dr. Hale left general practice and started a mobile veterinary dental referral service, traveling to clinics around southern Ontario to provide in-house dental care.

In 1994, Dr. Hale passed the credentials and examination process for the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry, becoming the first Fellow of the Academy in Ontario and the third in Canada. He served for three years on the examination committee for the Academy and chaired the committee in 1997. He has and continues to serve the Academy on various committees (chairing several) and terms on the Board of Directors as Secretary.

Also in 1994, Dr. Hale took his practice off the road and set-up a stationary office at a general practice in Guelph. In 2003, Dr. Hale opened Hale Veterinary Clinic, Canada's first dental-only veterinary practice.

In 1997, Dr. Hale passed the credentials criteria and the qualifying examination for the American Veterinary Dental College (again, the first in Ontario and the third in Canada). Since then, he has served on the examination committee for the AVDC and was the chair of the committee for the year 2000. He has been chair of the Review and Assessment Committee and has served on/chaired a number of committees and continues to do so.

Dr. Hale is frequently invited to speak to veterinary and technicians groups, as well as presenting at national and international conferences.  He has published several articles in professional journals and textbooks and publishes The CUSP, a newsletter on veterinary dentistry for veterinarians. He also has a textbook, Understanding Veterinary Dentistry, for veterinarians and technicians.


20pixelgif.gif (808 bytes)Hale Veterinary Clinic, Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Dental Office

Hale Veterinary Clinic is Canada's first dental-only veterinary facility. While most small animal practices offer some dental services, this is the first clinic that does nothing but dental and oral surgery (there is now another dental-only clinic in Vancouver).

To visit Dr. Hale you should obtain a referral from your regular veterinarian (if you are an animal owner, you may request a referral). After Dr. Hale has had a chance to review your pet’s history with your regular veterinarian, you would then call Dr. Hale’s office to discuss options and arrange an appointment. The five steps for arranging a visit are outlined on this site's landing page.


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