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Trudy Howerter

Trudy Howerter
Credentialed Veterinary Technician
Trudy Howerter

At a Glance

My Pets:

Willie (Nelson) and Freddie (Mercury) both mutt cats adopted from work!
Trudy went to Texas A&M University and graduated in 2001 with a BS in Zoology. She went to the Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology and graduated in 2003. Trudy has been in the field since 2001 and started working in general practice veterinary medicine. She started working in dentistry with Dr Eisner in 2004 but was also still doing GP until 2010. Trudy joined the emergency team in 2010 along with other specialty medicine departments. Trudy also works with the Peter Emily International Dental Foundation since 2010 doing exotic dentistry at zoos and sanctuaries, which includes doing dental work on Otters, Tigers, and Chimpanzees.

“All I've ever wanted to do is work with animals, I've always been drawn to them and have a connection with them far more than with people! I wanted to be a veterinarian my whole life and did my undergrad in pursuit of that. But after graduating in 2001 I decided to work at a vet clinic before applying to vet school, where I was hired as a technician. I hadn't known technicians existed until that point and I fell in love with the nursing side of things instead pursued tech school. Then I fell in love with dentistry!”
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VCA Highlands Ranch Dentistry TeamMuch like a human dentist, a veterinary dentist is responsible for the health of the oral cavity of his or her patients. Unlike a human dentist, a veterinary dentist has completed a four year veterinary degree after an undergraduate college degree and then pursued four additional years of specialty training in dentistry.

Today's veterinary dentist uses the latest technologies and techniques to ensure that his or her patients receive the highest standard of oral care. Many tooth sparing procedures are now available to veterinary dentists, such as root canal therapy, occlusal equilibration, and orthodontic adjustment, that can help pets overcome their dental disease without the pain of a tooth extraction.

The Role of a Specialist in Veterinary Dentistry

Many primary care veterinarians perform a number of dental procedures, so what does a veterinary dentist do differently? By visiting an AVMA board certified veterinary dentist, you can be assured that you are entrusting your pet to the highest level of dental care. Veterinary dentists specialize in performing dental work, and because of this, they have become very proficient at the work they do. Dr. MacLellan has been performing advanced level dentistry for over 15 years, allowing her to perform many complicated procedures more quickly and efficiently than would be otherwise possible.

Our hospital is also equipped with the latest technology to ensure the best standard of care being given. From our digital dental radiographic (x-ray) equipment to our ultra sonic scaler, high speed drills, advanced imaging equipment, and highly-trained specialized staff, this technology keeps your pet under anesthesia for as little time as possible while providing the highest standard of care.

Call us today and find out if your pet could benefit from Dr. MacLellan's experience!

VCA Highlands Ranch Animal Specialty & Emergency Center

5640 County Line Place Suite 1

Highlands Ranch, CO 80126

Main: 303-740-9595

Hospital Hours:

    Mon-Fri: 7:00 am - 6:00 pm

    Sat-Sun: Closed

Hours Information:

Extended Hours: Monday-Friday, 6:00 pm-10:00 pm, for patient monitoring and discharges

Specialty DVM Appts: Call (303) 740-9595

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