Meet the friendly staff at The Pet Dentist!
Dr. Chris Smithson graduated with honors from Auburn University's College of Veterinary Medicine. He completed a veterinary dentistry residency at the Center for Veterinary Dentistry and Oral Surgery in Gaithersburg, MD and is Board Certified by the American Veterinary Dental College.
Dr. Smithson is originally from Montgomery, AL. He received B.S. with honors in Animal and Dairy Science from Auburn University in 1999 and graduated from Auburn University's College of Veterinary Medicine with honors in 2002. After seven years in general practice, Dr. Smithson began a formal residency training program in dentistry and oral surgery. In 2011, he completed his residency training at the Center for Veterinary Dentistry and Oral Surgery in Gaithersburg, MD. He became board certified by the American Veterinary Dental College in 2013.
Following his residency, Dr Smithson returned to the Tampa area and became a partner at The Pet Dentist. He is excited to provide specialized care in dentistry and oral surgery, and he enjoys all aspects of veterinary dentistry but has a special interest in oral oncologic surgery and endodontic disease.
Dr Smithson has lectured at local and national veterinary meetings and has authored journal articles as well as book chapters on the subject of dentistry and oral surgery. In 2012, he received an award for outstanding original publication in The Journal for Veterinary Dentistry. Dr. Smithson has served on the AVDC Exam Committee since 2013 and was Chair of the Committee from 2017-2019.
In his spare time, Dr Smithson enjoys fishing, canoeing, camping and any activity that allows him to be outside. Most of his time away from work is occupied by spending time with his wife, Heather (a Tampa native and also a veterinarian) and their three daughters. Dr Smithson and his family have two pets, a cat named Moby and a deaf Border Collie named Possum.
Mon, Wed - Fri:
7:30 am - 5:00 pm
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Mon - Fri:
7:30 am - 5:00 pm