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DENT101-0309: Veterinary Dental Techniques Module 1

Steven Holmstrom, DVM, Dipl. AVDC (course coordinator)
Patricia Frost Fitch, DVM, Dipl. AVDC
Allen Matson, DVM, Dipl. AVDC

March 9 - April 20, 2009
Real-time sessions: Mondays, March 9, 16, 23, 30, April 6 and 13; 9:30 - 11:30 pm ET (USA)

Course Description

This course in Veterinary Dental Techniques is designed to allow discussions of current techniques used in veterinary dentistry. Veterinarians practicing all levels of veterinary dentistry are invited to participate, from the veterinarian just interested in getting more information in veterinary dentistry to the Board Certified Veterinary Dentist.

The first portion of this module is devoted to proper dental record keeping. The first week of the course will discuss dental terminology and charting, documenting by intraoral photography, disease and procedure abbreviations. The next portion of the course will discuss dental equipment and care.


Week 1 (March 9): Chapter 1, p 1 - 9
Tooth abbreviation systems, dental terminology, periodontal indices and charting (Frost Fitch)

Week 2 (March 16): Chapter 1, p 25 - 29
Documenting by intraoral photography (Holmstrom)

Week 3 (March 23): Chapter 1, p 10 - 24, p 29 - 38
Disease and procedure abbreviations (Frost Fitch)

Week 4 (March 30): Chapter 2, p 39 - 65, 74 - 87
Dental workstations, dental hand pieces, compressor & hand piece maintenance, hand piece accessories, hand instruments, sharpening (Matson)

Week 5 (April 6): Chapter 2, 70 - 73, 88 - 130
Ultrasonics, exodontic equipment, restorative equipment, orthodontic equipment (Matson)

Week 6 (April 13): Chapter 2, p 66 - 70
Dental Radiology equipment, processing dental radiographs, digital radiology, lighting (Holmstrom)

Discussions will begin on the start date of the course and continue for 7 days following the last real-time session.


Member/$216, Non-Member/$315 by February 23, 2009;
Member/$240, Non-Member/$350 after February 23, 2009

The Veterinary Dental Techniques series is designed as six individual modules. You may enroll in all six modules or just take the modules in your area of interest.

VIN members may enroll in all six modules of the Veterinary Dental Techniques Series at a special discount rate of $884 (15% off the regular VIN member price). To take advantage of this special rate, you must enroll in all six modules at the same time by March 9, 2009. The full series, which will run throughout 2009, is 52 hours of CE credit! To enroll in all six modules, click on the Enroll Now button on the course enrollment page and be sure you have all six modules checked off on the second page of your course enrollment form.

Required Textbook:
Veterinary Dental Techniques, 3rd edition - Holmstrom, Frost, Eisner - 2004
Available in the VIN bookstore:
Be sure to log in to receive your VIN member discount.

Recommended Textbooks: None

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"This course has been submitted (but not yet approved) for 12 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE approval; however participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery of continuing education. Call VIN at 1-800-700-4636 for further information."

COURSE WITHDRAWAL AND REFUND POLICY: Withdrawal prior to the listed start date of a course entitles the registrant to a complete refund or a credit toward a future VIN CE course, whichever is preferred. Withdrawal within 1 week after the listed start date (i.e. including no more than one real-time session) entitles the registrant to a credit toward any future VIN CE course. (Does not apply to courses with only one real-time session.) After the first real-time session, a registrant may withdraw due to special circumstances and receive prorated credit towards a future VIN course. These requests will be handled on an individual basis. The amount of the prorated credit will be determined based on 65% of the time remaining in the course at the time of withdrawal. It is not possible to withdraw retroactively.

Note: To ensure rapid handling of your request for withdrawal, we recommend that you call the VIN office at 1-800-700-INFO.

Debbie Friedler
Continual Education Division
Veterinary Information Network


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