Meet the Dental Team

Dr. Dave Thompson has had a strong interest in pet oral health since he and Dr. Betsy Thompson opened Animal Hospital of North Asheville in 1977. Over the years, he has spent much time studying dentistry and undergoing advanced dental training.  Due to the level of expertise he achieved, Dr. Thompson began performing all the dentistry for the practice in 2004. His capabilities and caring resulted in such a great demand for dental services from our clients and from the referral of challenging cases from other hospitals that Dr. Thompson could not keep up with the need that Asheville’s pets have for expert dental care. After a three year search for a qualified candidate to join the dental team, we are thrilled that Dr. Jennifer Sim has joined us from Connecticut. She is a rare veterinarian in that she, like Dr. Thompson, not only loves pets but also loves dentistry. Determined to offer the best to her patients, Dr. Sim has been undergoing advanced training in dentistry and oral surgery since 2006. She is able to perform procedures such as root canal therapy, placement of crowns, correction of painful bite abnormalities due to misalignment, cleft palate and large oronasal fistula repair, advanced treatment of jaw fractures and surgery to remove more advanced oral cancers. Dr. Sim brings highly advanced dentistry capabilities for pets to our community and also embraces the excellent patient care and pain control for which we are known.

Working together, Drs. Thompson and Sim hope to improve the wait time for scheduling a dentistry appointment while offering even more advanced procedures to save pets’ teeth and relieve pain.  Please feel to review their biographies by clicking here.

Each doctor is assisted by three gentle, caring and specially trained Certified Veterinary Technicians. One technician is assigned to each patient and cares for them from pre-anesthesia, through general anesthesia and until full recovery when the pet is ready to return to the loving nursing care provided in the wards. During anesthesia the doctors and technicians carefully prevent hypothermia with circulating warm water pads and Bair Hugger Warmers (warm air blankets) enveloping each patient. Careful six-parameter monitoring throughout anesthesia is also our standard. Feel free to ask for a tour to see our state of the art dental suite.

We thank you and want you and your pets to have the best dental experience possible.