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VIN DENT109-0921: Veterinary Dentistry for the General Practitioner Module 1

The lectures for this course will be presented in an audio format using a webinar platform.

Presenter: Steve Holmstrom, DVM, Dipl. AVDC
Course Open: September 27-November 4, 2021
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Mondays, October 4, 11, 18, and 25, 2021; 9:00-10:30 pm ET (USA) World Clock Converter
Total CE Credit: 6
RACE Category: 6 hours Medical

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Course Information:
The first of 2 modules, this course 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 started in veterinary dentistry to the Board Certified Veterinary Dentist. The course will cover performing a complete oral exam and the recognition of intraoral disease, the AVDC Stages of Periodontal Disease, the use of hand and ultrasonic instrumentation, operatory design, periodontal procedures for the prevention/treatment of periodontal disease, dental radiology equipment, digital intraoral radiology and general health, safety, and ergonomic practices in the dental area.

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of the course, the participant should be able to
  • understand and describe dental anatomy.
  • understand and correctly use dental terminology.
  • understand the fundamentals of dental charting.
  • recognize the signs and symptoms of dental disease.
  • perform a complete oral exam.
  • describe the AVDC Stages of periodontal disease.
  • implement better safety and ergonomic practices.
  • implement better personal protection techniques.
  • describe ergonomic disease syndromes and prevention.
  • practice general health, safety and ergonomics in the dental area.
  • demonstrate new ideas for operatory design and efficient use of dental equipment.
  • perform periodontic probing.
  • understand periodontal diagnostics.
  • understand homecare instruction and products.
  • describe the role of the Veterinary Oral Health Council.
  • understand the following techniques: periodontal debridement, perioceutic application, gingivoplasty and gingival surgery.
  • perform a proper prophylaxis procedure, including the use of hand and ultrasonic instrumentation.
  • use basic and advanced periodontal procedures for both the prevention and treatment of periodontal disease.
  • describe dental radiology equipment.
  • understand the various methods of processing dental radiographs.
  • understand digital radiology, both DR and CR.
  • demonstrate knowledge of dental radiology equipment and digital intraoral radiology.

Level and Prerequisites: This basic VIN CE course is open for enrollment to veterinarians actively interested in veterinary dentistry. DENT110-1021: Veterinary Dentistry for the General Practitioner Module 2 is a recommended follow-up course.
Accreditation: This course is approved for 6 hours of continuing education credit by RACE for veterinarians. (RACE 20-752971)

Course Agenda:

Week 1 (Real Time Session October 4, 2021): Dental Anatomy
Presenter: Steven Holmstrom, DVM, Dipl. AVDC
Required Reading (prior to October 4, 2021 Real Time Session):
Chapter 1, Introduction to Veterinary Dentistry
Chapter 2, The Oral Examination and Disease Recognition

Week 2 (Real Time Session October 11, 2021): Dental Instruments & Equipment
Presenter: Steven Holmstrom, DVM, Dipl. AVDC
Required Reading (prior to October 11, 2021 Real Time Session):
Chapter 3: Dental Instruments and Equipment
Chapter 4: Personal Safety and Ergonomics

Week 3 (Real Time Session October 18, 2021): Periodontal Therapy
Presenter: Steven Holmstrom, DVM, Dipl. AVDC
Required Reading (prior to October 18, 2021 Real Time Session):
Chapter 6, Pathogenesis of Periodontal Disease
Chapter 7, The Complete Prophy
Chapter 8, Home-Care Instruction and Products
Chapter 9, Periodontal Therapy

Week 4 (Real Time Session October 25, 2021): Dental Radiology
Presenter: Steven Holmstrom, DVM, Dipl. AVDC
Required Reading (prior to October 25, 2021 Real Time Session):
Chapter 11, Dental Radiology

Successful completion (scoring 80% or better) on the end-of-course test is required to earn a certificate of completion for the course. To learn more about the requirements for earning a CE certificate, please refer to Receiving Your CE Credit and Course Completion Certificate.

Course Materials: Course materials will be available in the course library prior to each Real Time Session.
Required Textbook: Participants are responsible for acquiring a copy of the required course textbook prior to the first real time session. If you don’t want to purchase the text, you can rent the etext version for approximately $20/month. Check Direct Textbook for purchase and rental options.
  • Holmstrom S (2019).
    Veterinary Dentistry – A Team Approach, 3rd Edition.
    ISBN: 9780323485272


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Tuition: Member $138 ($124 early bird special if enrolled by September 13, 2021)
Non-Member $231 ($208 early bird special if enrolled by September 13, 2021)
Prices are listed in US dollars.

*Enroll in both modules of the Veterinary Dentistry for the General Practitioner Modules (DENT109-0921 and DENT110-1021) before October 4, 2021, and receive the discounted enrollment price: Member $235 Non-Member $393

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close on October 4, 2021 at 5 pm ET (USA) or when the maximum number of participants is reached.

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

  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 @vspn.org and @vin.com addresses. Email is our major form of communication with participants; personal emails are highly recommended rather than clinic/hospital email addresses.
  3. For further assistance call 800-846-0028 ext. 797 or email . Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.

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 office 800-846-0028 ext. 797 to discuss eligibility for a pro-rated refund.

*For more information on VIN's upcoming CE courses, check the VIN Course Catalog.

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

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