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Get your teeth into best practice dentistry - SOLD OUT

With pets living longer, dentistry is now a significant component of companion animal practice and practice income. This course is for companion animal veterinarians wanting to achieve best practice in veterinary dentistry.

15/03/2019 to 16/03/2019
When: 15 & 16 March 2019
8:30 AM
Where: SVS Ltd
57 Hammersmith Drive
Christchurch, Canterbury  8042
New Zealand
Contact: Shannon Leader
+64 4 495 1145

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About this course   

  • Do you want to offer your dental patients and their client’s better outcomes?
  • Do you want to offer a dental service that would be considered world’s best practice?
  • Do you want to improve your dental skills with supervised hands on training?
  • Do you want to utilise industry leading equipment to make dental care easier?

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Two-day mixed-format (seminar and wetlab) workshop for companion animal veterinarians

Topics include:

  • new extraction techniques and instrumentation
  • surgical extraction techniques
  • gingival flap surgery including oronasal fistula repair and palatal defect surgery
  • pain management for dental patients
  • radiographic identification of oral pathology
  • avoiding and managing extraction complications.

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Learning outcomes and benefits

You will:

  • increase your understanding in oral anatomy and the anatomical landmarks for successful local anaesthesia.
  • improve your knowledge of gingival flap techniques for soft tissue defects in the oral cavity.
  • increase your confidence in performing surgical extractions and handling extraction complications.
  • learn new techniques for extracting teeth with a new minimally invasive approach.
  • improve your skills in taking and interpreting dental radiographs.

This will lead to:

  • the provision of quality dental services.
  • better clinical outcomes for your patients.
  • increased practice income.

Here is a short teaser video of an extraction procedure on a dog.


Anthony Caiafa BVSc BDSc MANZCVS
Anthony graduated from Melbourne University with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science in 1978 and a Bachelor of Dental Science in 1998. He became and Member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in small animal surgery in 1992 and veterinary dentistry in 1993. Between 2001 and 2008, Anthony worked at the University of Melbourne as an Associate Professor in Veterinary Dentistry as well as consulting in veterinary dentistry at the university veterinary clinic and hospital. Since 2009, he has been an Adjunct Associate Professor and consultant/lecturer in veterinary dentistry at James Cook University alongside being a consultant in veterinary dentistry at the North Coast Veterinary Specialists and Referral Centre in Queensland. Anthony also works as a general practice dentist on the Sunshine Coast. Anthony has been an Examiner in Veterinary Dentistry for the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists and President of the Australian Veterinary Dental Society. At two separate times he was the convener of Pet Dental Health Month (Australia). Anthony has lectured and chaired veterinary dentistry workshops all over the world and is a published author of two chapters and several peer reviewed articles.

Janine van Dam BVSc MANZCVS
Janine graduated as a vet from Massey University in 1997. She worked in a mixed practice in Southland for two years before traveling to the United Kingdom to work as a companion animal vet and travel the globe. Her passion for dentistry developed when she returned to New Zealand in 2008. Aware of the massive changes that have taken place in the field since graduating, she attended a number of continuing education courses in dentistry in New Zealand and overseas. In 2016 she attained membership to the Australian and NZ College of Veterinary Surgeons in Small Animal Dentistry and Oral Surgery. She continues to locum in general practice in Christchurch and in 2016 started a dental referral service Pet Dentistry Ltd. She sees referral cases from anywhere in the South Island from a Christchurch clinic. Janine has given presentations on dentistry to NZVA regional branches in the South Island. Her goal is to inspire other vets to increase their standard of care and knowledge in the field of dentistry.

John Wood iM3

CPD Points

This course is worth 12 CVE points. NZVA members get access to the MyCPD record.


NZVA member
Non-member $1185

All prices are in NZD and are GST inclusive.

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