Dr Al-Ani was awarded his MSc in Prosthodontics from Manchester University in 1999. In 2004 he was awarded his doctorate from the same University; the title of his thesis was “Studies in Temporomandibular Disorders and Occlusion”. He was appointed by Manchester University as Clinical Teacher in Restorative Dentistry in 2004 as well as a Research coordinator for the TMD clinic.
In 2006, he obtained MFDS FROM THE Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh. In recognition of his teaching activities, he was awarded the status of Fellow of Higher Education Academy in 2010.
Dr Al-Ani was one of the two finalists in the “Teacher of the Year” (2006) as awarded by The Dental Defence Union. The award recognised excellence in dental education. He was again the Nominee for the 2007 and 2008 “Dentist Teacher of the year Award” by the Dental Defence Union after nominations made by undergraduate students at Manchester Dental School
He was officially appointed as a Director of the IADR Prosthodontics Research Group in 2007. In the IADR meeting in Toronto 2008, he has been nominated again by Prosthodntics Research Group for the same position in 2010.
In 2008 he joined the editorial team of The Journal of Prosthodontics .
He conducted many research projects which led to several presentations at local and international meetings and publications.