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The Centre offers a “state of the art” teaching facility, an outdoor area for attendees to enjoy lunch and refreshment breaks, whilst sharing ideas and asking questions, and a lecture/wet lab area for tuition and workshops.

There are individual work stations each equipped with high and low speed drills, air-water syringes, and quick disconnects for ultrasonic scalers. Each dental work station has complete instrumentation for the course taught. In addition, on site there are Acteon XMind DC dental radiographic xray generators, Sopix2 DR sensors, PSPix CR plates and computers, amalgamators and a model cutter. Each attendee has access to their own set of Cislak/USI instruments, loupes, dental models and specimens. There is no sharing of instruments, no time searching for the right materials or waiting for equipment.

WHAT’S UNIQUE

NO DOG CADAVERS. WE USE SIMULATION MODELS SPECIALLY MADE FOR THE VETERINARY DENTAL EDUCATION CENTRE. ANIMAL ETHICS IS ONE OF OUR PRIMARY GOALS. NO DOG HAS BEEN EUTHANSED FOR OUR COURSES.

Small groups and longer laboratory time provide the attendees with the chance to fully learn and put into practice the new techniques. Each course fee also includes a kit of instruments to take home. Couple this with the relaxed informal environment which allows for a better learning and you have all the ingredients for a successful educational and professional experience. All attendees MUST be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and provide a passport on registering.

Feline Radiology, Analgesia and Extractions in the Feline

Course Details:

Date: 2022 dates: August 25th

Who can attend: Veterinarians

Cost: $1650 (includes subscription to VDEC and Vet Dental Charts)

Venue: VDEC Training Centre, 81 Belgrave-Hallam Rd, Hallam Vic 3803

A number of companion animals do not receive adequate periodontal homecare and suffer advanced dental pathology that requires oral surgery including extractions. A large number of fractures are not able to be saved by endodontic treatment and require extraction, so analgesia and an easy, less traumatic tooth removal is ideal. At this course you will greatly improve your dental skills as we cover: Analgesia and use of local analgesic agents, anatomy for nerve blocks, radiology positioning and interpretation, simple and surgical extractions, raising a muco-gingival flap, osteotomy techniques, tooth sectioning in the feline patient.

Canine Radiology, Analgesia and Extractions in the Canine

Course Details:

Date: 2022 dates: August 26th

Who can attend: Veterinarians

Cost: $1650 (includes subscription to VDEC and Vet Dental Charts)

Venue: VDEC Training Centre, 81 Belgrave-Hallam Rd, Hallam Vic 3803

A number of companion animals do not receive adequate periodontal homecare and suffer advanced dental pathology that requires oral surgery including extractions. A large number of fractures are not able to be saved by endodontic treatment and require extraction, so analgesia and an easy, less traumatic tooth removal is ideal. At this course you will greatly improve your dental skills as we cover: Analgesia and use of local analgesic agents, anatomy for nerve blocks, radiology, simple and surgical extractions, raising a muco-gingival flap, osteotomy techniques, tooth sectioning, and closure of oro-nasal fistulas in the canine patient.

Saving Teeth – Alternatives to Extraction

Course Details:

Date: 2022 dates: August 27th

Who can attend: Veterinarians

Cost: $1,650

Venue: VDEC Training Centre, 81 Belgrave-Hallam Rd, Hallam Vic 3803

Tooth pathology is limited to the crown.

Conditions:

  • Uncomplicated crown fractures – enamel and dentine exposed – pulp NOT exposed (T/FX/UCF);
  • Enamel hypoplasia or carious lesion,
  • Recent complicated crown fractures – pulp exposure <48hrs (T/FX/CCF).

Treatment: composite restoration, vital pulp capping.

Periodontally affected tooth.

Conditions:

  • Increased periodontal sulcus depth or pocket formation,
  • Furcation exposure, 3. Gingival recession.

Treatment: subgingival curettage, placement of bone graft material, dentinal bonding techniques

  • Recent complicated crown fractures – pulp exposure <48hrs (T/FX/CCF).

Treatment: coronal extensions, construction of an incline plate

Endodontics (Root Canals)

Course Details:

Date:
July 28th – 30th, 2022

Who can attend:
Veterinarians with an ANZCVS membership and bring a nurse to assist

Cost:
$4,950.00

Venue:
VDEC Training Centre, 81 Belgrave-Hallam Rd, Hallam Vic 3803

Endodontics or the treatment of the tooth’s root and pulp canals, gives the veterinarian disease management options other than extraction. The tooth root comprises a significant portion of the jaw integrity and extraction may not be only difficult but leads to a weakened jaw bone. Tooth preservation enables the animal to maintain its dentition and prevents further injury. Whether providing endodontic treatment for a slab fracture of the maxillary carnassial tooth or a canine tooth, endodontic therapy gives the veterinarian important treatment options. Radiology forms a major component in the endodontic discipline and attendance at the radiology course or evidence of radiology skills and access to radiographic equipment in the clinic is a pre-requisite. This course provides diagnosis of tooth pathology and the delivery of treatment will discuss indications for root canal therapy, equipment and materials required for root canal therapy, debridement and obturation techniques, restorative materials and their usage as applied to endodontic access sites.

Dr Clarke’s Fundamental Vet Dental and Recent Graduate Dental Program 2022

Course Details:

Date:
Webinars: 6 pre-recorded presentations on site. Workshops (2 day): 2022 dates: October 27th-28th

Who can attend: Veterinarians

Cost: $1,995.00

Venue: Online and VDEC Training Centre, 81 Belgrave-Hallam Rd, Hallam Vic 3803

“Let’s go Back to School” with the most hands-on education since vet school.

This course is specifically designed for recent graduates seeking to learn day-one dental skills not taught in vet school.
The course is split into a theory component – conducted via six (6) on- line live webinars, followed up with a 3 day workshop held in a state of the art teaching facility; where students work at their own pace; all faculty members are Diplomates – specialists and residency trained veterinarians and nurses; participants earn CE / RACE accreditation; the practical component has highly individualised teaching and expert critique to ensure learning and professional growth. At the end of the course, each participant will have learnt the day one competencies that can be applied in your practices.

The six webinar program consists of:

  • Anatomy, Tooth Development, Jaw Growth, Juvenile (Puppy and Kitten) Dentistry
  • Periodontal Disease
  • Radiology
  • Analgesia and Anaesthesia
  • Oral Surgery (Extractions)
  • Homecare / Business of Dentistry

The 2 day workshops are available on the following dates (participant chooses one date to register):
Mar 24-25, Jun 16-17, Oct 27-28

The workshops will cover the essential disciplines: Radiology, Oral surgery and Periodontal disease treatment. Doctors will learn clinical anatomy the complete dental exam with charting, oral prophylaxis in addition to open curettage and bone augmentation, local nerve blocks, radiology techniques and interpretation and oral surgery (extractions and mass removals).

Testimonial
“This will be one of our most popular programs and will fill quickly. This hands-on program is designed to quickly bring recent graduates (with little or no previous experience) who have received an inadequate dental school education at veterinary school with oral disease recognition and treatment “up to speed” with day-one competencies.”

Dr Ira Luskin, Baltimore, USA

VETERINARY DENTISTRY IMCVD COURSE

With Dr David E Clarke

International Masters Course in Veterinary Dentistry

The IMCVD course will provide basic and advanced training in dentistry to give you confidence in the theory and practice of veterinary dentistry.

Course Details

This IMCVD course covers the veterinary dentistry topics:

1. Introduction to Dentistry: Anatomy and Oral Examination
2. Marketing Veterinary Dentistry and the Business of Veterinary Dentistry
3. Periodontal disease, Aetiology, Pathogenesis, Scaling/Polishing
4. Periodontal Disease: Open and Closed Root Planing, Periodontal Flaps, Homecare
5. Oral Surgery 1: Simple Extractions of Canine teeth
6. Oral Surgery 2: Difficult Extractions, Complications, Repair of Oro-nasal Fistulas in dogs
7. Local Anaesthetics
8. Radiology
9. Pocket Pets: Rabbits
10. Exotics: Zoo Dentistry
11. Emergency Dentistry: The initial treatments of trauma to the tooth: periodontal and endodontic treatments: Direct Pulp Capping
12. Feline Dentistry: Radiology and Extractions
13. Feline Dentistry: Inflammatory diseases
14. Endodontics: Root Canal Therapy
15. Pedodontics: Puppy and Kitten Dentistry
16. Oral Surgery 3: Oral Tumours
17. Oral Surgery 4: Fracture Repair
18. Implants
19. Orthodontics
20. Prosthodontics: Restorations and Crowns

The course is focused on virtual presentations, live and pre-recorded webinars, practical videos, pictures and case studies we will ensure you have the knowledge to tackle dental problems and conditions as they present on a day-to-day within your clinic. All education, including presentations and notes, case studies and question/answer sessions will be provided.

The first presentation will cover Anatomy and Oral Examination, and a deep discussion on the topics to be covered, what each student expects and wishes to get out of the course and the order of the presentations to benefit the student. An explanation of the course requirements: numbers of cases needed in each topic, the case reports, examination, and times of presentations and case discussions. The course will be presented at an international standard in line with the American and European Veterinary Dental Colleges, but has no affiliation with either College.

During the course, travel to Dr Clarke’s clinic and workshop will be available (once COVID-19 international travel restrictions are eased), as well as an invitation to attend the American Veterinary Dental Forum in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. A practical workshop will be available at set times during the course. At the end of the course, you will have the knowledge and practical skills to perform the majority dentistry in small animal practice, and receive a certificate of successful completion and be able to successfully membership examinations of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists.

Presentations will be given each month starting in July 2022 from 8:30am – 12.30pm. Lecture notes for each topic will be available on the website. A Case study and question/answer session will be available each month for attendees to discuss clinical cases they are treating during the month at a time to be determined.

Each participant will be provided with a unique course username and password. Each topic will be examined and requires successful pass of a multi-choice questionnaire, a case study question and videos of the work performed. Each topic must be passed to receive the Certificate.

Date:
July 2022 from 8:30am – 12.30pm
January 2023 – December 2024

Cost:
Cost of the complete course is $16,500 AUD.