Widely known as the Grandfather of Animal Dentistry, he received his Doctor of Dental Surgery from Creighton University in Omaha Nebraska and his Certificate of Periodontology from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Emily later received his post-graduate certification in Pediatric Dentistry, Endodontics, Oral Surgery and Restorative/Prosthetic Dentistry from Denver General Hospital.
Dr Emily and two others developed the College of Veterinary Dentistry exams, which are still in use today, and Dr. Emily is an honorary diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College. Dr. Emily became involved with judging show dogs, and in the capacity as judge, was regularly coming across dogs born with such problems as defective bites and missing teeth. An innovator and inventor, Dr. Emily adapted the tools used in his human dental practice to be usable in the reparation of animal dental problems. Dr. Emily has also worked extensively on the biomechanics of movement and kinesiology.
Dr. Emily has worked on nearly every breed of animal with a mouth or beak, including Siegfried & Roy’s cats, as well as countless species for the Denver Zoo. He has even worked on legendary racehorse Secretariat.
Although semi-retired, Dr. Emily continues to work with the Denver Zoo, Siegfried and Roy, and local animal hospitals and police K-9 units, and often on any interesting case that is put in front of this ever- curious innovator and lover of animals. Dr. Emily devotes the majority of his time to working with the foundation he started – the Peter Emily International Veterinary Dental Foundation (PEIVDF) – providing veterinary dental services and education to exotic animals around the world residing in sanctuaries, shelters, and zoos.