VSPN TECH260-0520: Dentistry 101

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

Enrollment is closed.

Mary L. Berg, BS, LATG, RVT, VTS (Dentistry)

Course Open: May 12, 2020-June 19, 2020
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Tuesdays, May 19, 26, and June 2 and 9, 2020; 8:00-9:30pm ET (USA)
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Level and Prerequisites: This basic course is geared toward veterinary team members that want to learn dental charting, oral anatomy, basic dental pathology, use and care of dental equipment and client education.
VSPN CE Course: Open to veterinary technicians/technologists and support staff.
“This program has been approved for 6 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval." (22-40167)

Course Description:
This course will help the beginner technician understand the basics of veterinary dentistry and act at a refresher to more experienced technicians. The course will review dental anatomy, terminology and basic charting techniques. Periodontal disease and common oral pathology will be discussed and the necessary equipment and maintenance of equipment needed for an efficient dental operatory. In addition, client education and recommended home care techniques and products will be addressed.

Week 1 (Real Time Session May 19): Oral Anatomy and Charting
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to:
  • identify specific tooth anatomy and understand the accepted numbering system.
  • discuss the normal anatomy and finding in an oral examination and identify abnormal findings.
  • describe common dental indices and document the results of the oral examination for each patient.
Week 2 (Real Time Session May 26): Understanding Periodontal Disease and Oral Pathology
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to:
  • explain the risks, causes and disease processes involved in periodontal disease.
  • recognize pathology commonly found in the oral cavity of companion animals.
Week 3 (Real Time Session June 2): Dental Equipment: Use and Maintenance
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to:
  • recognize necessary dental equipment needed for an efficient dental operatory.
  • explain how each piece of equipment should be used during a procedure.
  • discuss how to properly maintain dental equipment and when equipment needs to be replaced.
Week 4 (Real Time Session June 9): Client Education and Home Care Products
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to:
  • describe techniques to properly advocate for home care for patients.
  • discuss and recommend home care techniques and products.
  • explain understand the science behind home care products and how products should be used effectively.
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: There is no required textbook for this course.

About the Presenter:
Mary L. Berg, BS, LATG, RVT, VTS (Dentistry) Mary received her B.S. in Biology/Microbiology from South Dakota State University, her A.S. in Laboratory Animal Science from Redlands Community College, and her A.S. in Veterinary Technology from St. Petersburg College. She is a Charter member of the Academy of Veterinary Dental Technicians and received her Veterinary Technician Specialty in Dentistry in June 2006. Mary worked in research for over 25 years, specializing in on products aimed at improving oral health of companion animals and continues to work with companies to evaluate the efficacy of their products. In addition to her research background, she was the practice manager and dental specialist at a general practice for 8 years, teaches veterinary technology and is currently the president of Beyond the Crown Veterinary Education, a veterinary dental consulting service. Mary currently is serving as the Immediate Past President of the NAVTA, treasurer of the AVDT and a President of the KVTA. She has authored or co-authored over 70 publications including publications in the Journal of Dental Research, the Veterinary Technician Journal, the NAVTA journal and other publications as well as a speaker and wet lab instructor at numerous state and national conferences.

Total CE Credit: 6

Tuition: $126 ($113 early bird special if enrolled by April 28, 2020)
* Enroll in both modules by May 19, 2020 and receive a 15% discount off the original 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).
Prices are listed in US dollars.

*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close on May 19, 2020 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.

To Enroll:
  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. 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 800-846-0028 ext. 797 or email . Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.
Enrollment is closed.

“This program has been approved for 6 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval." (22-40167)

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 VSPN's upcoming CE courses, check the VSPN Course Catalog.

Lisa Kernaghan, LVT, RVT, CVT, VTS (ECC)
VSPN CE Coordinator

VSPN CE Services:
800-846-0028 or 530-756-4881; ext. 797
or direct line to VIN/VSPN from the United Kingdom: 01 45 222 6154
or direct line to VIN/VSPN from Australia: 02 6145 2357