The Introduction to Veterinary Dentistry and Radiology class is for both technicians and doctors and covers the 12-step dental cleaning procedure, oral pathology, instrumentation used in cleaning, equipment, dental radiology, interpretation of dental radiographs. digital dental radiography systems, utilization of digital systems to promote client acceptance of treatment plans, dental charting, and implementing a higher level of dental care in a general practice. This class will give you the skills required to provide a good cleaning procedure and identify oral pathology. Every participant will produce full-mouth dental radiographs on dogs and cats, using a simplified technique for positioning dental radiographs. Finding and assessing common dental pathology is the single most important dental skill a practice can acquire. The wet lab portion focuses on obtaining diagnostic dental radiographs utilizing canine and feline cadaver specimens. Sharpening of hand instruments and general equipment questions are also covered during the lab session. Each participant also receives a complimentary instrument set ($75 retail value) to take home with them.
This workshop covers the skills and information needed by all doctors and technicians to enable delivery of quality dental care. We are committed toward helping you implement a higher level of dental care in your practice. This requires training for both the doctor and technical staff. At a minimum, one interested doctor and one interested technician should attend the Introduction to Veterinary Dentistry and Radiology class, while the doctor should stay for the Introduction to Veterinary Oral Surgery and Periodontal Treatment class. Sending only a technician who has no interest in dental care to class rarely creates any lasting change in a practice.
Some doctors elect to skip this class, thinking the material to be too basic. Almost all of them return to take this class at a later date. Save yourself the extra trip. The Introduction to Veterinary Dentistry and Radiology class covers skills that doctors should know about, but that the technical staff should have primary responsibility for providing. Why should doctors attend this class? Because you need to judge the quality of your staff’s work, need to explain how to correct improper technique, need to be able to interpret dental films and need to train your new technician when another practice gladly hires away your dental-savvy technician!
"I have trained under Dr. Vall and team for nearly 10 years. He and his team are among the most skilled and compassionate veterinary dentist/oral surgeons I had the pleasure to work with. I hope to pattern my practice after his lead as he has definitely set the bar." Kipp Wingo, DVM, DAVDC
"I’m a veterinarian who had little previous dental experience. I took one of my technician interested in dentistry out with me a few years ago for training and it absolutely changed how we practice everything related to oral health and surgery. The instruction was fantastic, from the boarded dentists to the very experienced technicians. It has changed the way we practice and has been a significant benefit not only to our clinic but especially for our patients!" Dr. Jon Gose
"Hats off to everyone at Animal Dental Care and Oral Surgery. I have had the pleasure of taking the two introductory and feline courses. Recently at the 2020 Western Veterinary Conference I took a lab on difficult extractions. While it was an adequate lab it was nowhere near the quality and educational merit of the programs I have taken at Animal Dental Care. You guys rock!!" Dr. James Akers, Franktown Animal Clinic
"Hands down I can say that your courses have changed the direction of my veterinary career. Like most vets, I received limited dentistry education in school and truly disliked dentistry for years after graduating. When I completed Level I and II courses in 2013, I felt like a cloud had lifted! What was once so frustrating and anxiety producting became much more straightforward. The skills I learned were immediately applicable and usable in practice. It did not take long for me to realize that I actually LOVE dentistry and it has grown to be a huge part of my practice. This fall I completed both the Level III and Feline Dentistry courses and found them to be the perfect compliment to the previous courses. A big thank you to Dr. Vall, Dr. Redman, and Dr. Guillory for being so personable and patient and being willing to share your knowledge base with general practitioners like me. Thank you!" Dr. Molly Abernathy
Due to limited size of classes and the difficulty in filling open slots after payment for a class has been made, we cannot offer refunds for cancellations. If you need to cancel your participation, we will try to find a substitute to take your place. Upon confirmation of their reservations, we will gladly refund your tuition less a 10% administrative fee. Please keep in mind that last minute substitutions are very difficult to fill. We strongly recommend that you purchase trip insurance to avoid the expense of a class cancellation. Trip insurance policies can potentially reimburse you for tuition, cancelled lodging deposits, unused airplane flights and all other trip costs you may have already incurred. Some policies allow cancellation for documented health issues, while others allow you to cancel for any reason.