Small Animal Dentistry (for Technicians) - December 14-15, 2020


This 2-day course consists of 6 hours of lecture and 10 hours of a hands-on lab. The first day is devoted to the oral exam, regional anesthesia, radiograph acquisition, interpretation, and treatment planning. After the first day, attendees will be able to complete a comprehensive oral exam, understanding clues present in the oral exam that will aid in treatment planning. Attendees will review critical periodontal equipment and how to perform basic periodontal treatments such as ultrasonic and hand supragingival scaling, closed and open root planing, and appropriate use of perioceutics. Local and regional anesthesia are also covered on the first day including infraorbital, inferior alveolar, and mental nerve blocks and their administration. Finally, on the first day, radiograph acquisition and interpretation are discussed and practiced. After the first day, attendees will be able to obtain full mouth radiographs of the dog and interpret common normal variations and periodontal pathology.

On the second day, technicians and doctors will be split into separate groups. The technician track focuses on equipment maintenance, equipment sharpening, and the technician’s role in dentistry.

The second day for veterinarians is devoted to extractions. Tips to improve extraction techniques and common complications are discussed and practiced. Please register here for the veterinarian course.

RACE approved: 1 hour

Note: This course is only for VCA veterinary technicians.

Day 1

7:30 – 8 a.m. – Breakfast
8 – 9 a.m. – Avoiding Quicksand: The oral exam and periodontal therapies
9 – 10:30 a.m. – Laboratory 1: Oral exam, dental charting, and periodontal practice
10:30 – 10:45 a.m. – Break
10:45 – 11:15 a.m. – Taking the Sting out of Dentistry: Local and Regional Anesthesia in the Oral Cavity
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Laboratory 2: Local and regional anesthesia practice
12:15 – 1 p.m. – Lunch
1 – 2 p.m. – Under the Surface: Intraoral radiograph acquisition and interpretation
2 – 3:30 p.m. – Laboratory 3: Obtaining radiographs
3:30 – 3:45 p.m. – Break
3:45 -5 p.m. – Small Group Roundtables: Radiograph interpretation & treatment planning

Day 2

7:30 – 8 a.m. – Breakfast
8 – 9 a.m. – Extraction 4-1-1: Making Extractions Less Painful
8 – 9:30 a.m. – Equipment maintenance and technician role lecture for technician
9 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Laboratory 4: Extraction practice
10 – 11:30 a.m. – Technician Lab: Equipment maintenance
12 – 1 p.m. – Lunch
1 – 2 p.m. – When Things go Wrong: Managing Extraction Complications
2 – 5 p.m. – Laboratory 5: Managing extraction complications practice

Naomi Hoyer

Naomi Hoyer is an Assistant Professor of Dentistry and Oral Surgery at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital at Colorado State University. Hoyer graduated from Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in 2002 and worked in general practice for 10 years before starting her dental residency in private practice. She became an AVDC Diplomate in 2017. Hoyer left private practice in 2018 to pursue her passion for dentistry education. She hopes to share her love of dentistry with as many students and practitioners as possible. Hoyer’s professional interests include management of periodontal disease and developmental maxillofacial disease.

Jennifer Rawlinson graduated from Cornell University Veterinary College in 1998. She completed her residency program in Dentistry at the University of Pennsylvania in 2004 and became an AVDC Diplomate in 2005 and AVDC Equine Diplomate in 2014. Between 2004 to 2011, Rawlinson created and ran the Dentistry Service at Cornell University. Since 2013, she has been running the Dentistry Service at Colorado State University which is a species comprehensive service caring for small animals, equine, farm animal, and exotics/wildlife patients. In 2018, Rawlinson became the President-Elect of the American Veterinary Dental College. Rawlinson’s research focus is equine maxillofacial regional anesthesia and is published in many other areas of interest.

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Course cancellation could occur if registrations fail to meet minimum numbers 30 days prior to the course.
If a course is canceled for any reason, we are not responsible for any charges related to travel.
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