About Us

We’re dedicated to preserving your pet’s dental health.

About the Veterinary Dental Clinic of North Carolina

VDCNC is located in Durham, NC and was founded in 2016 by Don Hoover, DVM, Fellow of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry. VDCNC was established to focus on providing advanced dental services and oral surgery to dogs and cats across North Carolina. Dr. Hoover has over 20 years of experience with advanced dental procedures. In 1999, Dr. Hoover became one of the first veterinarians in North Carolina to make dental radiography a part of routine dental procedures. Since then, Dr. Hoover and his experienced team have completed over 10,000 dental procedures on dogs and cats.
Don Hoover, DVM, Fellow of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry

Don Hoover, DVM, Fellow of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry

Lead Veterinarian/Owner

Dr. Hoover grew up in Charlotte, NC, knowing from an early age that he wanted to be a veterinarian. He graduated from NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine in 1989. After his first three years as a mixed animal veterinarian in rural Pennsylvania, Dr. Hoover returned to North Carolina in 1992 to purchase Westside Animal Hospital.

After adding dental radiography to his practice, Dr. Hoover soon realized the great benefit to the health and well-being of his patients. In 1999, he began focusing on dentistry and oral surgery for veterinary patients. Since then, he has completed hundreds of hours of additional training in veterinary dentistry and oral surgery, becoming a Fellow of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry in 2016. That same year he founded the Veterinary Dental Clinic of North Carolina.

Dr. Hoover now exclusively practices veterinary dentistry and oral surgery at the Veterinary Dental Clinic of North Carolina. He enjoys frequent opportunities to share his passion for helping cats and dogs through modern veterinary dentistry by teaching and training other veterinarians.

Dr. Hoover and his wife live in the vibrant North Street Community in downtown Durham. He has seven grown children and two grandchildren. In his free time, he enjoys riding his bike, walking in the woods, reading, and fishing.

Trudi Bowden, DVM, Veterinary Dental Practitioner

Trudi Bowden, DVM, Veterinary Dental Practitioner

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Bowden grew up in the mountains of Western North Carolina in the small town of Brevard. She graduated from NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine in 1999. Over the last 20 years, she has worked as an associate veterinarian in Cary, NC, and Oxford, NC.

Soft tissue surgery and dentistry have always been Dr. Bowden’s passions. Since 2014, she has completed more than 200 hours of continuing education focused on dentistry and oral surgery. In May of 2021, she completed a rigorous, three-tiered credentialing process to obtain certification as a Veterinary Dental Practitioner* from the International Veterinary Dental Institute. She is currently one of only two veterinarians to obtain VDP certification in North Carolina.

Dr. Bowden and her husband have a small farm that they share with two daughters, two dogs, three cats, two rabbits, and a guinea pig. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, crochet, gardening, yoga, running, and camping.

*https://internationalveterinarydentistryinstitute.org/veterinary-dental-practitioners/
Veterinary Dental Practitioners are the most qualified veterinarians in general veterinary practice available to provide safe and proper oral care to your loved ones. However, they are not board-certified specialists. What is a Board Certified Veterinary Dentist™?