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TECH132-0806: Basic Dentistry for the Veterinary Technician

Steve Holmstrom, DVM, DAVDC and guest lecturer Meghan Richey, DVM, MS, DACVA

August 10-September 8, 2006
Real Time Sessions: Tuesday evenings August 15, 22, 29; 9:00pm-11:00pm pm ET (USA)


Due to the relatively high number of patients with periodontal disease in veterinary practice, the emphasis of this course is placed on the prevention and treatment of periodontal disease. This basic course will provide instruction to the veterinary technician student, experienced unregistered assistants, and credentialed veterinary technicians on veterinary periodontics, anesthetic protocols, equipment maintenance, and safety . There is a required text for this course, see information below.

The basic course will consist of three (3), two hour, real time sessions; library materials supplementing the 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.

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, participants should be able to:

  • Understand and recognize the cause, prevention, and treatment of periodontal disease.
  • Understand the duties of the Veterinary Technician as they relate to veterinary dentistry including, but not limited to:
    1. Care of equipment and instruments
    2. Performing the complete dental prophylaxis
    3. Homecare instruction
    4. Personal safety
    5. Ergonomics
    Course Outline:

    Week 1: 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: Chapter 5 Veterinary Dental Anesthesia (guest lecturer: Meghan Richey, DVM, MS, DACVA)
    Content: Safe anesthetic techniques including airway protection in, commonly used anesthetics for, and monitoring of the anesthetized dental patient.

    Week 3: 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.

    Required Text:
    Veterinary Dentistry for the Veterinary Technician and Office Staff. By Steve Holmstrom, DVM, DAVDC. Philadelphia: W. B. Saunders, c2000. This book can be purchased from the VIN bookstore by clicking on this link:

    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. Due to the amount of material to be covered, it is highly recommended the student comes to class having reviewed the handouts for that week, reviewed the previous week's homework and study guide, utilized the message boards for the course, and is prepared to interact during the real time session.

    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.

    CE HOURS: 6 (RACE approval applied for)

    Registration: $105 ($ 95 early bird special if registered before July 27, 2006).
    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)
    *VT students: 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 directors name and contact information (email/phone) and school name.

    ** NOTE: Registration will be closed when the maximum number of participants is reached or at 5pm ET the day of the first real time session.

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    1. Each person must individually be a registered member of VSPN ( Membership in VSPN is free.
    2. Each person must be able to receive emails from and addresses. This is our major form of communication with participants. It is highly recommended that course participants use their own, personal emails rather than clinic/hospital email addresses.
    3. VIN Member veterinarians SHOULD NOT register for their staff. Please have the staff member register through VSPN. Please email if you have questions.
    Note: "This program was submitted (but not yet approved) to the AAVSB's RACE program for continuing education. Please contact the AAVSB's RACE program at should you have any comments/suggestions regarding this program's validity or relevance to the veterinary profession." (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. (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 withdrawal retroactively. Note: To ensure rapid handling of your request for withdrawal, we recommend that you call the VIN office at 1-800-700-INFO.
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