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TECH172-0109 : Advanced Dentistry for the Veterinary Technician Module 3

Steve Holmstrom, DVM, DAVDC and Sara Sharp, CVT, VTS (Dentistry)

January 27-March 12, 2009
Real Time Sessions: Monday evenings, February 2, 9, and 23, and March 4, 2009 (no class February 16); 9pm-11pm ET (USA)

Due to the relatively high number of patients with periodontal disease in small animal veterinary practice, the emphasis of this advanced course is to aid the veterinary technician and veterinarian in devising an individualized course of action for each dental patient. Topics covered will include feline dentistry, stomatitis and tooth resorption, orthodontics, taking impressions (including impressions for crowns), endodontics and restorations, non-surgical exodontics and assisting surgical exodontics.

The course will consist of four (4) two (2) hour real time sessions; library materials supplementing the required reading chapters in the required text; multiple choice quizzes (at the end of each text 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 should be currently performing dental prophylaxis in practice. Dentistry for Veterinary Technicians Module 1 (Basic) and Module 2 (Intermediate) are highly recommended prerequisites for Module 3; this is to help insure a complete understanding of dentistry and dental procedures for dogs and cats. RACE approval is being sought for veterinarians in addition to veterinary technicians.

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

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

Week 1
Required Reading: Chapter 13, Feline Dentistry
Content: Feline Stomatitis and Tooth Resorption (Formally called FORL)

Week 2
Required Reading: Chapter 12; p. 247-252; p 270-282, worksheet questions 1-5, 16-20.
Content: This week we will cover indications for periodontal surgery, instruments used in periodontal surgery, assisting in periodontal surgery. We will discuss indications and feasibility for orthodontics in small animal dentistry, instruments and materials used, making impressions for orthodontic and crown therapy cases.

Week 3
Required Reading: Chapter 10, Exodontics
Content: Equipment and instruments for extracting teeth will be covered. Non-surgical endodontic technique, assisting in surgical endodontics will also be discussed.

Week 4
Required Reading: Chapter 12; p 252-270, worksheet questions 6-15.
Content: In this final week we will cover indications for endodontic therapy, types of endodontic therapy, instruments and equipment needed for endodontic therapy.

LIBRARY MATERIALS: 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: 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.


$160 ($144.00 early bird special if registered before January 13, 2009).
*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.

** NOTE: Enrollment 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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  5. VIN Member veterinarians ARE ELIGIBLE to take this course, we are requesting RACE accreditation for both veterinarians and veterinary technicians. **Please access the course enrollment through
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