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VSPN CE Course TECH260-0616: Dentistry 101 Module 1
Audio only: The lectures for this course will be presented in a predominantly audio format.
Please come prepared to listen.

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Instructor: Mary Berg, BS, LATG, RVT, VTS (Dentistry)
Course Open: June 14, 2016-July 22, 2016
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Tuesdays June 21, 28 and July 5 and 12, 2016; 8:00-9:30pm ET
Course RTS Times in Your Area: World Clock Converter

Practice Sessions: In order to prepare you for a successful experience in your CE course, we request you attend a Practice Session prior to the first Real Time Session. Please arrive promptly at the start time; each Practice Session is up to 1 hour in length. For more information, please visit the CE Practice Area.

*The instructors for this course will be using audio which will require you to have a headset or speakers to listen. If you have any concerns regarding your computer's audio capabilities, please be sure to attend one of the Practice Sessions.

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/support staff. This course has been RACE approved for for veterinary technicians/technologists.(22-25566)

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 June 21): Oral Anatomy and Charting

Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to

Week 2 (Real Time Session June 28): Understanding Periodontal Disease and Oral Pathology

Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to

Week 3 (Real Time Session July 5): Dental Equipment: Use and Maintenance

Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to

Week 4 (Real Time Session July 12): Client Education and Home Care Products

Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to

Successful completion (scoring 80% or better) on the end-of-course test is required to earn a certificate of completion for the course.

*The lecture portion of this course will be an audio presentation, please be prepared to listen.

*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(s): There is no required textbook for this course.

About the Instructor:
Mary L. Berg, BS, LATG, RVT, VTS (Dentistry) 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 is currently serving as the treasurer of the AVDT and the AVDS and is the President of the Kansas Veterinary Technician Association (KVTA) and the President-Elect of National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA). Mary is also a board moderator for the Veterinary Support Personnel Network. Her memberships include the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science, Academy of Veterinary Dental Technicians, NAVTA, KVTA and the Foundation for Veterinary Dentistry. Mary worked in research for over 13 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 over 7 years, taught veterinary technology for 2 years and is currently the president of Beyond the Crown Veterinary Education, a veterinary dental consulting service. She has authored or co-authored over 60 publications including publications in the Journal of Dental Research, the Veterinary Technician Journal, DVM 360, Veterinary Team Brief and the NAVTA journal and has been a speaker and wet lab instructor at numerous state and national conferences.

Total CE Credit: 6

Tuition: $120 ($109 early bird special if enrolled by May 31, 2016)
*Enroll both modules by June 21, 2016 and receive a 15% discount off the original course price.
All prices are listed in US dollars.

* 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).
*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close at 5pm ET on June 21, 2016, or when the maximum number of participants is reached.
*For more information on how online CE works, see the Participant Resource Center.

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  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 and 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. 792 or email Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.
*Note: "This program 22-25566 is approved by the AAVSB RACE to offer a total of 0.00 CE Credits (0.00 max) being available to any one veterinarian: and/or 6.00 Veterinary Technician CE Credits (6.00 max). This RACE approval is for the subject matter categorie(s) of: Category One: Scientific using the delivery method(s) of: Interactive-Distance. This approval is valid in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE; however, participants are responsible for ascertaining each board's CE requirements"

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 VSPN office 800-846-0028 ext. 792 to discuss eligibility for a pro-rated refund.
* Note: To ensure rapid handling of your request for withdrawal, we recommend that you call the VSPN office at 800-846-0028 ext. 792.

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

Charlotte Waack, RVT, CVT
VSPN Director/VSPN CE Interim Director

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