The VOHC® Seal of Acceptance





The VOHC Council consists of nine veterinary dentists and dental scientists with experience of scientific protocols and study design, and a non-voting Director. The Council members are appointed by the President and Board of Directors of the American Veterinary Dental College, which oversees the policies and procedures of the Council.

The Council reviews submissions and recommends whether to award the VOHC Seal to a product. Council members also consider additions or changes to VOHC policies. Decision of Council are made in the form of recommendations for ratification by the AVDC Board of Directors.

When joining the Council, new members sign a conflict-of-interest statement and agree to abide by a confidentiality policy (below). Council members other than the Director serve without remuneration.

All submissions to VOHC are reviewed by the VOHC Consultant Statistician.

Current Members of Council


James Anthony, BS, DVM, DipAVDC
Saskatoon, Canada
Daniel Carmichael, BS, DVM, DipAVDC
Long Island, NY
William Krug, DVM, DipAVDC
St. Charles, IL
Jason Soukup, DVM. DipAVDC
Madison, WI
Helena Kuntsi-Vaattovaara, DVM, DipAVDC
Veikkola, Finland
Laura LeVan, BA, DVM, DipAVDC
Concord, MA
Alex Reiter, DVM, DipAVDC
Philadelphia, PA
Anson Tsugawa, VMD, DipAVDC
Culver City, CA
Mary Berg, BS, LATg, VTS(dentistry)
Lawrence, KS
Colin Harvey, BVSc, FRCVS, DipACVS, DipAVDC

Haddonfield, NJ (non-voting VOHC Council Director)


Conflict of Interest Statement

The available pool of interested and informed individuals is small at present compared to human dentistry. Thus it will not be possible to appoint to the VOHC or its Panels only individuals with no likelihood of prior involvement in the development or testing of all potentially reviewable products. However, individuals appointed to any function in the process will be expected to withdraw from stating opinions or voting on issues regarding products in which they have had or have a personal, professional, or financial interest or involvement.

Confidentiality Policy

Materials submitted for review will be kept in confidence by all personnel, including Council and Review Panel members, no matter what the result of the review process. Specifically, the VOHC is not a regulatory agency and has no function to play in informing the public regarding products for which request for recognition of a claim was denied.
The only information that VOHC provides on specific products is a list of products that have been awarded the VOHC Seal of Acceptance.