At Animal Dental Services, we are passionate about providing pets with premium dental and oral surgery care. Owner and Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College, Dr. Sharon Startup, practices in Knoxville, TN and Charleston, SC and supports the education for dentistry for general veterinary practices around the world.

Dr. Startup with her dog, Karen.

Dr. Startup DVM, DAVDC sees cases that vary from complicated surgical cases to routine dental cleanings and X-ray. She specializes in oral surgery, root canal therapy for fractured teeth, periodontal therapy, jaw fracture repair, oral cancer management, restorative therapy for tooth defects, and malocclusion correction.

31 years ago Dr. Startup started practicing veterinary medicine. She graduated from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, and in 1989, she started a general veterinary practice in Knoxville, TN. She began performing dental procedures and oral surgery in 1997. Her interest in Veterinary Dentistry grew, and she pursued advanced training so that she could provide the best dental care for her patients. In 2014, Dr. Startup became a Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC), joining the elite group of dental specialists worldwide who have successfully passed the AVDC boards.

Now, Dr. Startup is one of only 149 Veterinarians world-wide that have gone through the rigorous training and testing to become a Veterinary Dentist by becoming a Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College. 

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A long-standing member of the American Veterinary Dental Society and the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry, Dr. Startup’s passion for her field has led her to stay very involved. She has published articles and book chapters and taught senior veterinary students, veterinary interns, as well as private practitioners from around the globe.


We know veterinarians frequently give their patients great dental care. We also know dentistry for animals is changing quickly!


Dr. Startup works to support veterinarians around the world with the existing dentistry knowledge in their clinics with Continuing Education courses and speaking events to help up-to-date, quality dentistry make sense for clinics of all sizes. The tailor-made, RACE approved CE courses aim to share how beneficial up to date dentistry can be for the patients, the clients, and the clinics. Common CE topics include: how to perform faster and better quality extractions, how to make dental X-ray fast and cost effective, and how to use nerve blocks.

For more information on scheduling a CE course for a clinic or a speaking event at a conference with Dr. Startup, feel free to contact us.