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VMD, DAVDC, Dentistry and Oral Surgery

WestVet is happy to welcome Dr. Kate Block to our team of specialty veterinarians!

Dr. Kate Block is a board certified specialist in veterinary dentistry and oral surgery and a Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College. She received her undergraduate degree in 2004 from Yale University and her veterinary degree in 2010 from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Most recently, Dr. Block was awarded the “Up and Coming Award” from the Foundation of Veterinary Dentistry and Virbac at the 2018 Veterinary Dental Forum.

Dr. Block worked for several years as a large animal and companion animal general practitioner in Oregon. Once she decided to pursue an advanced education in oral disease and pain management, Dr. Block was selected to train in a full time dentistry residency program in Portland, Oregon. Upon successful completion of three years of rigorous training and qualifying and certifying examinations, Dr. Block received her specialty board certification in 2017. She has since provided compassionate oral care in busy multi-specialty practices in Portland, Oregon and Minneapolis, Minnesota before moving with her family to Idaho in the fall of 2018. She is thrilled to join the WestVet family and call Boise her home.

In her free time, Dr. Block enjoys travel, cooking, fly fishing, and hiking with her family and two German Wirehaired Pointers, Darwin and Gaucho.

Additional Professional Work:

Dr. Block serves on several committees for the American Veterinary Dental College. She is inaugural chair of the Maintenance of Certification Committee, and a member of the Examination Committee and the Residency Oversight working group.

Dr. Block also loves to teach veterinarians, technicians and students who want to improve the dental care they offer their patients. In the past few years, she has enjoyed opportunities at Oregon State University and the University of Minnesota to train veterinary students in the art and science of oral surgery, dental radiography and oral pain management.


Block K, Battig J. Cryptococcal Maxillary Osteomyelitis and Osteonecrosis in a 18-Month-Old Dog. J Vet Dent 2017; 34(2); 76-85.

Professional Memberships:

Diplomate, American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC)
American Veterinary Dental Society (AVDS)
American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
Idaho Veterinary Medical Association (IVMA)

Dr. Katherine Block


  • Veterinariae Medicinae Doctoris – VMD
  • Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College – DAVDC

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