Get your teeth into best practice dentistry
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Get your teeth into best practice dentistry

Due to demand, we're bringing Tony Caiafa back for another course in July. Get in quick, these courses sell out!

19/07/2019 to 20/07/2019
When: 19 & 20 July 2019
8:30 AM
Where: SVS Ltd
541 Te Rapa Road
Te Rapa
Hamilton, Waikato  3200
New Zealand
Contact: Dani Stevens
+64 4 495 1140

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About this course

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.

  • 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?

Download flyer (PDF).


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.

Download programme (PDF).

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.

Craig Hunger BVSc MANZCVS
Craig graduated from Massey University in 1998 with a BVSc. Since then he has worked in clinical practice, both in New Zealand and the UK. During this time he has developed an interest in small animal dentistry, culminating in attaining his membership from the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Small Animal Dentistry and Oral Surgery in 2012. He owns and operates a dental and surgical referral clinic in Auckland and also provides in clinic dental training. He is passionate about raising the profile and standard of small animal dentistry in New Zealand, by providing education to vets and nurses.

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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