Dr. Niemiec is a 1994 graduate of the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Niemiec is a Board Certified Specialist in Veterinary Dentistry at both the American and European Veterinary Dental Colleges. In addition, he is a Fellow of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry. He is one of fewer than 10 veterinarians worldwide to hold all three of these certificates.
In addition, he is the Past President of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry as well as the AVD representative to the World Small Animal Association. He is also the chair of the WSAVA dental guidelines committee which developed minimal standards for dentistry worldwide. Based on all these accomplishments, he is recognized as one of the leading authorities in veterinary dentistry.
In addition to his advanced dental training, Dr. Niemiec received extensive post-graduate training in the field of anesthesia, which helps to ensure the safety of pets in our care.
As an advocate for improved understanding, prevention and treatment of disease, Dr. Niemiec lectures extensively at local, national, and international meetings. He is also the creator and director of the San Diego Veterinary Dental Training Center (now the Center of Excellence).
In order to assist other veterinarians in providing optimal dental care, Dr. Niemiec founded the premier veterinary dental telemedicine website: vetdentalrad.com. This service provides dental x-ray interpretation and also offers instructional videos and educational posters.
Dr. Niemiec has authored or edited a dozen veterinary dental educational products. These include the definitive textbooks on veterinary periodontology (gum disease), endodontics (fractured and dead teeth), restoratives, extractions, orthodontics (braces), emergency dentistry and a color handbook on diagnosing oral disease. Dr. Niemiec has also authored numerous chapters in internal medicine textbooks as well as other dental books.
Dr. Niemiec has had the pleasure of providing high-quality dental care for the pets of Southern California since 1995, performing over 50,000 dental procedures. Although Dr. Niemiec is skilled in all aspects of veterinary dentistry, his special interests include endodontic therapy (root canals), periodontal therapy and surgery, dental radiology, and implant dentistry.
In his spare time, Dr. Niemiec is an enthusiastic outdoorsman who enjoys hiking, fishing, skiing, and camping. He also enjoys time on the beach with his Labrador Retriever, Sage.