[May 28, 2013; Philadelphia, PA] – On Saturday, June 15 at 10:00am, Alexander Reiter, associate professor and chief of dentistry and oral surgery at Penn Vet, will present a special lecture, Commonly Encountered Dental and Oral Diseases in Cats and Dogs, as part of the Animal Lovers Lecture Series at Penn Vet’s Ryan Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. The series offers free lectures to the public on canine and feline topics the second Saturday of the month. The lecture will take place at the Hill Pavilion located at 380 South University Avenue. Due to limited seating, reservations are recommended and can be made at (215) 746-7460 or johnrc@vet.upenn.edu.

Dr. Reiter will discuss some of the most common oral and maxillofacial diseases in dogs and cats, as well as diagnostic and therapeutic approaches. He also will speak about the importance of good oral hygiene in detecting oral diseases at an early, treatable stage. In addition, Dr. Reiter will share information about home oral hygiene, cleaning pets’ teeth, and using the right cleaning products, treats and toys.

During the Animal Lovers Lecture Series, faculty and clinicians at the Ryan Veterinary Hospital share current information on topics of interest and relevance to dog and cat owners throughout the region. The series will be on hiatus in July and August, but will resume in September.

Penn Vet is one of the world’s premier veterinary schools and is the only school in Pennsylvania graduating veterinarians. Founded in 1884, the school was built on the concept of Many Species, One MedicineTM. The birthplace of veterinary specialties, the school serves a distinctly diverse array of animal patients at its two campuses, from companion animals to horses to farm animals.

In Philadelphia, on Penn’s campus, are the Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (Ryan Hospital) for companion animals; classrooms; research laboratories; and the School’s administrative offices. The large-animal facility, New Bolton Center, in Kennett Square, PA, includes the George D. Widener Veterinary Hospital for large animals; diagnostic laboratories serving the agriculture industry; and research facilities to determine new treatment and diagnostic measures for large-animal diseases. For more information, visit www.vet.upenn.edu.