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Get your teeth into best practice dentistry (Companion Animal) - SOLD OUT

Venue: Claudelands Event Centre, (Oakley Room and Hall B)
Presenters: Anthony Caiafa, Craig Hunger, Crystal Loh, Janine van Dam
Time: 8.30am - 5.30pm
Format: Short morning lecture followed by a cadaver-based wetlab for the remainder of the day
Limited: Only 24 spaces available

Cost: $450 (Earlybird)

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With pets living longer, dentistry now makes up a significant component of companion animal practice and practice income. Do you want to offer your dental patients and their clients 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? Then, this course is for you.

Who should do this course?

Companion animal veterinarians wanting to achieve best practice in veterinary dentistry.

Learning outcomes

  • Understand steps involved in successfully performing surgical tooth extractions
  • Identify and correct potential complications (i.e. root fractures, oronasal fistula) that can arise during and after tooth extractions
  • Utilise valuable diagnostic tools such as dental radiography to identify and treat more oral disease
  • Identify the oral anatomical landmarks and to practice local anaesthetic techniques
  • Have an introduction to mechanical extraction tools (Vet tome iM3) that should make tooth extractions easier and less traumatic for our patients   


  • Improve your techniques and skills in oral surgery
  • Offer a quality dental service and obtain better clinical outcomes for your patients
  • Improve your practice income by identifying and treating more oral disease


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 Convenor 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 a number of peer reviewed articles.

Craig Hunger

Crystal Loh
Crystal graduated in 2007 from the Ontario Veterinary College in Canada. Following this she completed a one year internship at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in the USA before immigrating to New Zealand. She spent three years in mixed animal practice, before making the transition to companion animal practice. Over the last seven years she has developed a keen focus in small animal dentistry and passed her memberships in Small Animal Dentistry and Oral Surgery with the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in 2016. Crystal has attended multiple continuing education events both internationally and locally and recently presented at the World Veterinary Dental Congress on the Gold Coast which was held in conjunction with the 2017 FASAVA Congress. She started up a referral dentistry practice in 2015 called "the Pet Dentist" which is run alongside a general practice with CareVets Hamilton South in Hamilton, offering general dentistry as well as advanced procedures on companion animals, including pocket pets.
Crystal has provided in-house clinical training on practical dentistry in dogs, cats and rabbits to multiple practices in the North Island. She is keen to inspire more veterinarians with her love of dentistry and continue providing high quality dental care to pets.

Janine van Dam
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 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.





Lecture: Surgical extractions and extraction complications including oronasal fistulas


Morning tea


Practical: Surgical extractions including maxillary and mandibular canine extractions. Dental radiology techniques




Practical: Local anaesthetic landmarks and techniques. Continue with surgical extractions and dental radiology


Afternoon tea


Practical: Demonstration and hands-on use of the mechanical Vet tome aimed at reducing extraction times and minimising extraction trauma as well as quickening post- operative recovery times


End of day Panel discussion and questions from delegates



Field Trip & Breakfast
Social Activities
Your Stay

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