Dr Bec Tucker
BVSc (Hons) MANZCVS (Small Animal Dentistry and Oral Surgery)
Veterinary Dentist – Director
I graduated from the University of Sydney with a BVSc (Hons) in 2007 and was awarded membership of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (MANZCVS) in Small Animal Dentistry and Oral Surgery in 2012.
I commenced a residency program through the American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC) in late 2013 under the mentorship of Dr Loic Legendre and Dr Gary Wilson. I credentialed with the AVDC in 2018 at the same time as becoming a director with us here at Advanced Animal Dentistry.
I have since completed my phase I examinations with the AVDC, and am on the path to becoming a registered specialist. This has been delayed due to postponement of the final phase II examinations in response to COVID 19 restrictions. These exams were scheduled to take place in the United States and have been pushed to 2021.
In 2017, I took on the role of President of the Dentistry Chapter for the ANZCVS. I have also been an examiner on numerous occasions for veterinarians undertaking examination to obtain membership of the ANZCVS in small animal dentistry. I have also organised the scientific program for the dentistry chapter of the ANZCVS annual conference over several years.
Although I enjoy all aspects of dentistry and oral surgery, I find reconstructive procedures such as jaw fracture and trauma repair to be very rewarding.
I have a cheeky Whippet, Maple, who has a coat collection that is far too large for any dog living in QLD and loves nothing more than a nap on one of her numerous comfy beds. You can check Maple out wearing her PJs in our instructional video on how to brush your dogs teeth.
Dr Aaron Forsayeth
BVSc (Hons) MACVSc (Veterinary Dentistry)
Veterinary Dentist – Director
I started my veterinary career in mixed practice at the Roma Veterinary Clinic in 1997. Here I was exposed to a wide range of things, not least of which dental procedures. Having received minimal formal training in any dentistry whilst at university, these initial experiences with dentistry were daunting.
I moved onto the Mudgeeraba Animal Hospital in 1997, where my work revolved mostly around small animals. Dentistry was a part of this practice, however over the ensuing years it became a much larger part, and my interest in it grew.
In 2000 I started exploring more training in small animal dentistry and began working with Dr Gary Wilson. After obtaining my membership in Veterinary Dentistry in 2004 from the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists, dentistry became a much bigger focus of my career. In 2006 I formally joined Dr Wilson, and have since then exclusively worked in dental referral practice as Advanced Animal Dentistry. In 2018 Dr Wilson retired and I am now partnered with another wonderful Veterinary Dentist, Dr Rebecca Tucker.
I have been active in the Australian Veterinary Dental Society for many years now acting in many roles. Currently I am the Policy Councillor representing that group with the Australian Veterinary Association, responsible for deciding policy that guides Australian Veterinarians.
Veterinary Dentistry is my career focus. I love the feeling of accomplishment when a patient who I’ve met in the morning with something uncomfortable and painful can go home that day feeling back to normal, and sometimes even better than normal!
With my lovely wife I have 2 young daughters who have become a very important part of my life, nearly more so than dentistry and my two cats, Franklin and Mabel.
I began working with animals as a volunteer at a cat welfare shelter in Melbourne at the age of 15 and was then employed there as an animal attendant and grew into the role of their veterinary nurse by the age of 18.
Then moved to work in a general practice in Melbourne that had a focus on greyhounds and reproduction and I completed my Certificate IV Veterinary Nursing in 2011.
After a month of volunteering with raising cheetah cubs in South Africa in 2012, I moved back to working in the cat welfare shelter as well as at an emergency centre before moving to Queensland in 2013.
I began working as a nurse at Brisbane Veterinary Specialist Centre (BVSC) from September 2013 and my role included nursing for Advanced Animal Dentistry when they visited one day a week. From here my love of Animal Dentistry grew and I knew it was a career path I wanted to pursue.
I moved into the role of Primary Radiation Therapy nurse for 2 years before having my beautiful son in 2017. When I returned to nursing at BVSC, I recommenced nursing for Advanced Animal Dentistry as well as rotating through other departments. At this stage I also began working in emergency which is another passion of mine.
In 2019 my career dreams came true when I was asked to come on board with Advanced Animal Dentistry. I am excited for what the future holds in this role and enjoy the challenge of this ever-growing position.
I feel so grateful to work with Bec and Aaron, both are wonderful people and I am lucky to call my friends. Their dedication to the care of all creatures is inspiring and have always trusted my own dogs with everything dental related including two soft palate surgeries and extractions on my Boston Terrier and extractions on my Shepherd X.
I still continue to work in emergency to keep up with my nursing skills and outside of work I love spending time with my little tack and my three dogs. My passion for animal conservation is a large reason why I began working with animals and hope to do more volunteering with conservation organisations in the future.