Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC)
"VOHC exists to recognize products that meet, pre-set standards of plaque and calculus (tartar) retardation in dogs and cats. Products are awarded the VOHC Seal of Acceptance following review of data from trials conducted according to VOHC protocols," (http://www.vohc.org/history.htm).
Summit Ridge Farms is a leader in the evaluation of dental products for acceptance and efficacy. The VOHC set stringent guidelines that must be met in order for a product to maintain the VOHC Seal of Approval. Periodontal disease is the most common disease occurring in dogs and cats. Pet owners have recognized the importance of dental health and that the use of a product with the VOHC Seal will help to keep their pet's teeth clean and the gum tissues and bone around the roots healthy.
General requirements for all dental protocols are extremely intensive and require multiple levels of training and expertise. Only with a large population of adult animals can you be assured that stringent criteria will be met and that plaque and/or tartar evaluations will be accurate. It also requires many levels of technical training, from veterinary procedures, anesthesia, feeding and monitoring, and scoring validation. Sound statistical methods are essential to study setup and interpretation. Summit Ridge Farms has years of experience in the development and implementation of complicated dental evaluations.
Summit Ridge Farms has been involved with research services for over 25 years. Our background in colony management and reproductive performance, along with our technical experience with data collection, analysis, and reporting, make our facility and people second to none. Our veterinary staff is accredited in Laboratory Animal Medicine and is extremely qualified and capable. From protocol development, USDA/APHIS issues, and animal welfare and enrichment, all protocols are developed and initiated in partnership with our sponsors. We take pride in working with our clients and we will work together to assure sound research in a quality environment.