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DENT107-0111: Abridged Veterinary Dental Techniques Module 1

Steven Holmstrom, DVM, Dipl. AVDC (course coordinator)
Dale Kressin, DVM, FAVD, Dipl. AVDC

COURSE OPEN: January 3 - February 10, 2011

REAL TIME SESSIONS: Mondays, January 10, 17, 24, and 31; 9:30pm-11:30pm ET (USA)

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Practice Sessions: In order to prepare you for a successful experience in your CE course, we request you attend a practice session prior to the first RTS. Times and dates will be listed in the course confirmation email . Expect to spend 30-45 minutes at one of the 2 or 3 sessions prior to the first RTS.

Level and Prerequisites: Participants in this course should have an interest in taking better care of the dental needs of their patients. The course is geared toward the basic/intermediate level. This course is open to veterinarians.

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 course will start out with the prevention and treatment of periodontal disease and continue to intraoral radiographs.

This course consists of four (4) 2 hour Real Time Sessions; library materials supplementing the chapters in the required text; interactive message board discussions; and an end of course quiz designed to enhance course effectiveness and material retention.

Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to

Course Materials: Course materials (other than the required textbook) will be available in the library prior to the Real Time Sessions.
Required textbook: Recommended textbook: None

About the Instructor: Dr. Steve Holmstrom was one of the two original VIN Dental Consultants. He has co-authored the textbook which the course is based on, Veterinary Dental Techniques, which is in its 3rd edition and in 4 languages. He has also authored Veterinary Dentistry for the Technician and Office Staff and edited two editions of Veterinary Clinics of North America. He is in a dental only practice in San Carlos, California.

Dr. Dale Kressin is an advocate for companion animals. He has a passion for dentistry, oral surgery and pain management. These areas of the veterinary profession have historically been inadequately addressed, misunderstood and seriously under stressed. Dr. Kressin enjoys collaboration with colleagues on the VIN message boards and in continuing education courses. These interactions are personally and professionally rewarding.

Course Outline:
Week 1: (Real Time Session January 10):
Instructor: Steven Holmstrom, DVM, Dipl. AVDC
Required reading: Veterinary Dental Techniques, p 175-215
Content: Oral examination, stages of periodontal disease, prophylaxis procedure, use of ultrasonic scalers, hand instrument techniques.

Week 2: (Real Time Session January 17):
Instructor: Steven Holmstrom, DVM, Dipl. AVDC
Required reading: Veterinary Dental Techniques, p 637-664
Content: General health, safety and ergonomics, personal protection, ergonomic disease syndromes and prevention, dental suite design.

Week 3: (Real Time Session January 24):
Instructor: Dale Kressin, DVM, FAVD, Dipl. AVDC
Required reading: Veterinary Dental Techniques, p 216-232, 233-264
Content: Periodontics: Probing, diagnostics, homecare instruction & products, VOHC, periodontal debridement, perioceutics, gingivoplasty, gingival surgery.

Week 4: (Real Time Session January 31):
Instructor: Steven Holmstrom, DVM, Dipl. AVDC
Required reading: Veterinary Dental Techniques, p 66-70
Content: Dental Radiology equipment, processing dental radiographs, digital radiology, lighting.


Tuition: Member $160 ($144 early bird special if enrolled by December 27, 2010).
Non-Member $253 ($228 early bird special if enrolled by December 27, 2010).

Enroll in both dental modules by January 10, 2011 and receive a discounted rate: Member $272; Non-member $430.

**For more on how online CE works see the Participant's Resource Center:

Note: "This course has been submitted for approval for 8 continuing education credits 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 VSPN/VIN CE at 1-800-700-4636 for further information. (Attendees are encouraged to check with their licensing jurisdiction(s) for information regarding recognition by their board).

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. (This policy 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/VSPN office at 1-800-700-INFO (4636).

*For More Information on VIN's Upcoming CE Courses check the Course Catalog at

Katherine James, DVM, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM)
VIN Education Coordinator

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