Animal Dental Care & Oral Surgery is pleased to offer dental training classes for veterinarians and veterinary technicians. Dr. Vall and Dr. Woodward are board certified in veterinary dentistry, and have trained over a thousand doctors and technicians in practical veterinary dental techniques. High instructor to student ratios and excellent equipment ensure a quality training experience for all participants.

  • In just two days in the Level I and II classes, you and your staff can learn all of the techniques needed to deliver 90% of all the dental problems encountered in small animal practice.
  • Eight CE credits are available for the Level I and Level II classes.
  • Classes are a combination of lecture and wet lab, and include detailed handouts, breakfast, lunch, lab materials, individual specimens, and complimentary instrument sets.
  • Unlike most wet labs held at national meetings, you do not waste a lot of time waiting for materials or instruction. Every participant has their own set of instrumentation and specimen.

Detailed Course Information

    • Level I Course

      Limited to 15 participants, with three instructors. This class is approved for 8 hours of continuing education credits. Tuition for this class is $495

      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 level I class, while the doctor should stay for the level II class.

      The level I 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, explain how to correct improper technique,  be able to interpret dental films and train your new staff.

      The Level I class is for both technicians and doctors, is limited to 15 participants, 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 our 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.

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    • Level II Course

      The Level II class is for doctors only and is limited to 10 veterinarians with two instructors and one assistant. This class is approved for 8 hours of continuing education credits. Tuition for this class is $850

      Our Level II Class is for veterinarians only and covers the common techniques needed to deliver dental care required for your patients. Simulated lesions are created on cadaver specimens, and the participants then “treat” the pathology. Each participant has their own work station equipped with everything needed for the class and will receive a brand new dental instrument set ($140 retail value). 

      This class focuses on oral surgery, covering surgical extraction technique, easy retrieval of fractured roots, repair of oronasal fistulas, introduction to periodontal surgery, local/regional anesthesia and bonded sealants for fractured teeth with exposed dentin. Discussions in this class are far-ranging and usually include in-depth discussion of dental economics in veterinary practice. Two instructors and one assistant for eight participants ensures a high level of individual attention.. Each participant has a brand-new, sharp, extraction instrument set to use and then take home with them. We provide all other equipment and materials you need, all in good working order. Each participant works at their own work station with their own set of ancillary materials.

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    • Level III Course

      The Level II class is for doctors only and is limited to 10 veterinarians. Level I and II courses are  prerequisite for this course. This class is approved for 8 hours of continuing education credits. Tuition for this class is $950

      Past course participants frequently ask us for more advanced training. Recognizing oral pathology and knowing what surgical intervention to apply is one of the most challenging aspects of veterinary dentistry for general practitioners. The Level III course is designed for veterinarians with that specific objective. 

      The morning lecture will focus on recognizing oral pathology, radiographic interpretation and indications for surgical extractions. Surgical extraction techniques for maxillary upper 4th premolars and molars along with mandibular canines and 1stmolars will also be covered. 

      Closed root planing will be briefly reviewed in the lecture, followed by an in-depth discussion of open root planing and guided tissue regeneration for more advanced periodontal pockets. This often indicated and invaluable treatment of periodontal disease in general medicine will be demonstrated and practiced in the afternoon wet lab section. 

      Students in the afternoon wet lab will practice surgical extraction techniques and have hands-on guidance with 2 instructors directing students in these extraction techniques. 

      A new surgical instrument pack will be provided to each student through Dentalaire. 

      Magnification beyond drop down “visors” is extremely helpful. Please bring yours to the class if you have it. Otherwise, we will have magnification available for you.

    • Feline Dentistry Course

      The Level II class is for doctors only and is limited to 10 veterinarians. Level I course is a prerequisite for this course. This class is approved for 8 hours of continuing education credits. Tuition for this class is $950

      Feline dentistry can be frustrating for some veterinarians. The goal of this course is to help veterinarians get more comfortable with cat dentistry and is for veterinarians only. 

      The course curriculum will focus on anatomy, oral pathology, regional anesthesia, a step-by-step approach to extractions and extraction complications. The 3-hour lab section of the course will focus on the steps of surgical extractions in cats, including mucogingivial flap design, tooth sectioning, bone removal, use of a dental elevator and luxator, alveoplasty, periosteal releasing incisions, and tension-free closure.

      We will cover extraction complications that arise in feline dentistry, including retained roots, mandibular fractures and displaced tooth roots. Additionally, we will review best practices in educating clients about feline dentistry and how to improve client compliance.

      There will be two instructors and 1 assistant to ensure that participants will have a high level of attention. Each participant will have a brand-new, sharp, extraction instrument set designed specifically for feline dentistry to use and then take home with them. Magnification is extremely helpful for this course. Please bring your own if you have it. We will provide magnification through Surgitel for those who do not.

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    • Why Choose Our Veterinary Dental Classes

      You certainly have a variety of choices for obtaining training in veterinary dentistry. There are a few reasons to consider coming to Colorado Springs for training. National meetings can provide good lecture CE depending on the speaker, but rarely do they provide a quality lab training experience. There is no substitute for a training facility that is well-equipped by the instructor to deliver quality training. The equipment, the people and the facility all add up to well-organized classes designed to maximize your training time. Compare this to a national meeting where equipment may depend on who is sponsoring the lab, instructors who may depend on others for facility preparation, extreme variability in the qualifications of the lab instructors, limited and variable equipment, having to share instruments, etc.

      With our classes you will take home a brand new set of instruments and/or materials that you used in the labs and will be able to put to use immediately in your practice. These instrument/material sets have been carefully selected to represent the state-of-the-art in veterinary dentistry. Much of the equipment and materials marketed for veterinary dentistry are outmoded or simply do not work together. We have taken the guesswork out of what you need to practice quality dentistry, and then teach you how to use the materials.

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