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DENT107-0112: Abridged Dental Techniques 1

This course has been postponed until further notice.
For more information, please contact Andrea Pomposo: 1.800.846.0028 x126

INSTRUCTOR(S): Steven Holmstrom, DVM, Dipl. AVDC (course coordinator) and Dale Kressin, DVM, FAVD, Dipl. AVDC
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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 Real Time Session. Times and dates will be listed in your course confirmation email. Expect to spend up to 1 hour at one of the 2-4 practice sessions held prior to the first Real Time Session.

*The instructors for this course will be using audio which will require you to have a headset of speakers to listen. If you have any concerns regarding your computer's audio capabilities, please be sure to attend one of the Practice Sessions.

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.

VIN CE Course: Open to veterinarians only. This course has been submitted for RACE approval for 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 with audio for questions and answers, supplemental library materials, interactive message board discussions, and a mandatory end-of-course test. Successful completion (scoring 80% or better) on the end-of-course test is required to earn a certificate of completion for the course.

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

Course Materials: Course materials will be available in the course library prior to each Real Time Session.
Required textbook:

About the Instructors:
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 February 6): Steven Holmstrom, DVM, Dipl. AVDC
Required Reading (prior to February 6th Real Time Session): 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 February 13): Steven Holmstrom, DVM, Dipl. AVDC
Required Reading (prior to February 13th Real Time Session): 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 February 20): Dale Kressin, DVM, FAVD, Dipl. AVDC
Required Reading (prior to February 20th Real Time Session): Veterinary Dental Techniques, p. 216-232.
Content: Periodontics: probing, diagnostics, homecare instruction & products, VOHC, periodontal debridement, perioceutics, gingivoplasty, gingival surgery

Week 4 (Real Time Session February 27): Dale Kressin, DVM, FAVD, Dipl. AVDC
Required Reading (prior to February 27th Real Time Session): 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 January 16, 2012).
Non-Member $253 ($228 early bird special if enrolled by January 16, 2012).

Enroll in both Abridged Veterinary Dental Techniques Modules by February 6, 2012 and receive a discounted rate: Member $272; Non-member $430.

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close when the maximum number of participants is reached or at 5pm ET the day of the first Real Time Session unless otherwise noted. If the first Real Time Session is on a weekend, course enrollment will close on the Friday before the first Real Time Session.

*For more information on how online CE works, see the Participant Resource Center.

This course has been postponed until further notice.
For more information, please contact Andrea Pomposo: 1.800.846.0028 x126

  1. Enrollment qualifications: VIN CE courses are open to VIN member and non-member veterinarians. Veterinarians enrolling in a VSPN CE course must be a VIN member. Veterinary support staff must be a VSPN member to enroll in a VSPN CE or a VIN CE course open to VSPN member enrollment.
  2. Each enrollee must be able to receive emails from and addresses. Email is our major form of communication with participants; personal emails are highly recommended rather than clinic/hospital email addresses.
  3. Each person is individually responsible for his/her own registration. To ensure that all information received is secure and correct, please do not enroll for a course on behalf of another individual.
  4. For further assistance call 1-800-700-INFO (4636) or email (VIN CE) or (VSPN CE) Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.
*Note: "This course is 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: A complete refund of the paid course price will be issued when your withdrawal request is received prior to the listed start date of the course. If you wish to withdraw after the start date please contact the VIN/VSPN office 1-800-700-INFO (4636) to discuss eligibility for a pro-rated refund.
* 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

VIN CE Services:
1-800-846-0028 or 1-530-756-4881 or direct line to VIN/VSPN from the United Kingdom: 01452226154
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Debbie Friedler (; ext 756
Heather Schoffstall (; ext 116
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