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TECH132-0708: Basic Dentistry for the Veterinary Technician Module 1

Steve Holmstrom, DVM, DAVDC

July 29-August 28, 2008
Real Time Sessions: Monday evenings August 4, 11, and 18, 2008; 9:00pm-11:00pm pm ET (USA)


Due to the relatively high number of patients with periodontal disease in small animal veterinary practice, the emphasis of this basic course is placed on the recognition, prevention, and treatment of periodontal disease. This basic course will provide instruction to the veterinary technician student, experienced veterinary assistants, and credentialed veterinary technicians on the oral examination, disease recognition and discussion of pathogenesis, and proper performance of the dental prophylaxis. We will also cover safety in the workplace and ergonomics.

The course will consist of three (3), two hour real time sessions; library materials supplementing the required reading chapters in the required text; multiple choice quizzes (at the end of each chapter) designed to enhance course effectiveness and material retention; a cumulative final online; and interactive message board discussions. Module 1 is a highly recommended prerequisite for Module 2; this is to help insure a complete understanding of dentistry and dental procedures for dogs and cats.

All veterinary staff involved in or wishing to learn more about veterinary dentistry are encouraged to register, however, it is advisable that registrants be those currently performing dental prophylaxis in practice.

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

TEXTBOOK: There is a required text for this course: COURSE OUTLINE:

Week 1
Required Reading: Chapter 2-The Oral Examination and Disease Recognition
Content: Oral examination including charting, nomenclature, terminology and a review of veterinary dental oral disease.

Week 2
Required Reading: Chapter 3-Dental Instruments and Equipment & Chapter 4-Personal Safety and Ergonomics
Content: Types, uses, and maintenance of dental instruments and equipment; physical, chemical, biological and ergonomic hazards, in veterinary dentistry to prevent injury in the workplace.

Week 3
Required Reading: Chapter 6-Pathogenesis of Periodontal Disease & Chapter 7-The Complete Prophy
Content: Equipment and techniques necessary to perform the complete dental prophylaxis, including scaling polishing, disease detection and charting.

Library materials will be made available prior to the topic week so participants will have plenty of time to prepare for the real time sessions and discussion.

Message board discussions regarding the topic presented will begin on the day the course opens and continue for one week following the last real time session. These discussions will be held in the VSPN CE course area.


$117 ($105.00 early bird special if registered before July 15, 2008).
*Enroll in both Modules before August 4, 2008 and receive a 15% discount off the regular course price.
*Students currently enrolled in and taking at least 2 classes or 5 units at an AVMA accredited or CAAHT approved Veterinary Technician Program may be eligible to receive a 50% discount off the regular rate for this course (upon verification of student status). You must include the following information in the comments section of the CE enrollment form in order to be eligible for this discount: your program director's name and contact information (email/phone) and school name.

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