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

Improve your techniques in oral surgery and obtain better clinical outcomes with this comprehensive online course.

 Export to Your Calendar 31/08/2020 to 20/09/2020
When: Online: 31 August - 20 September | Wet-labs: TBC
Where: Online | Massey University
Tennent Drive
Palmerston North, Manawatu-Wanganui 
New Zealand
Presenter: Tony Caiafa | Craig Hunger | Janine van Dam | John Wood
Contact: Danielle Stevens
04 471 0484

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About the 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 improve dental skills and utilise industry-leading equipment to make dental care easier and offer patients and clients better outcomes?

By attending this course veterinarians will improve their techniques and skills in oral surgery, be able to offer a quality dental service and obtain better clinical outcomes for their patients. Increase your practice income by identifying and treating more oral disease in your patients.


The 2020 Get your teeth into best practice dentistry course will have a 3-week online course with tutor Tony Caiafa.

Online course:

Comprising of pre-recorded lectures, notes and question forums.

Monday 31 August 2020 - Sunday 20 September 2020

BONUS live Zoom meeting with Tony and John at 7pm on 24 September 2020

Practical workshops:

As the primary tutor for this course (Anthony Caiafa) is based in Australia, the workshop has been delayed until 2021 due to the travel restrictions imposed by COVID-19.

Learning objectives:

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


  • New extraction techniques and instrumentation
  • Surgical extraction techniques offering improved comfort and outcomes
  • Gingival flap surgery: oronasal fistula repair and palatal defect surgery
  • Pain management
  • Radiographic identification
  • Avoiding and managing extraction complications


Online + practical workshop

Anthony graduated from Melbourne University with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science in 1978 and a Bachelor of Dental Science in 1998. He became a 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. Anthony has lectured and chaired veterinary dentistry workshops all over the world and is a published author of chapters in veterinary dental textbooks and a number of peer reviewed articles.

Craig Hunger BVSc MANZCVS
Practical workshops only

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.

Janine van Dam BVSc MANZCVS
Practical workshops only

Janine graduated as a vet from Massey University in 1997. She worked in a mixed practice in Southland for two years before travelling 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. Janine has given presentations on dentistry to NZVA regional branches in the South Island, and assisted Dr Tony Caifia in a number of practical dental workshops. Her goal is to inspire other vets to increase their standard of care and knowledge in the field of dentistry


John Wood International Sales & Business Development, iM3
Online + Practical workshops

John has worked in International Sales & Business Development with iM3 The Veterinary Dental Company since 2009. He is predominantly responsible for the Asia Pacific, UAE & African markets. He travels to these locations on a fortnightly to monthly basis supporting CE programs, conferences & distributor training. Additionally, he provides product training with a hands-on approach (non-surgical) across the iM3 range to clinics on a regular basis.

John is also involved with the development of both iM3 USA & iM3 Europe facilities and has lectured in Europe.

Since 2009, John has been heavily involved in a product training capacity supporting CE programs with numerous veterinary associations, alongside several different registered veterinary dental specialists & veterinary dentists from different countries. This has provided John with different views and opinions relating to techniques and treatments within veterinary dentistry and also exposed him to many different types of veterinary dental equipment.

CPD points:

The online course is worth up to 6.5 hours of CPD.
NZVA members get access to the MyCPD record.

Pricing (online only):

NZVA Member: $375

Non-member: $750

Prices are quoted in NZD and include 15% GST.