Dentistry: Theory and Practice | Centre for Veterinary Education

Dentistry: Theory and Practice

Put your money where the mouth is: invest and upgrade your dentistry skills in companion animal oral care.

This course is designed to provide the essentials to become a good companion animal dentist and to drive your dental service to the next level in standard of care.

The workshop has filled, don't miss out on enrolling in the seminar.

The interactive lectures and workshop will offer the latest knowledge and techniques in optimal dental care for dogs and cats. Topics include: periodontal flap surgery, surgical extractions and techniques for avoiding and treating extraction complications, management of the three types of feline tooth resorptions, as well as current best practice in oral pain management.

A focus of the course will be on optimal radiographic positioning to obtain diagnostic dental radiographs and, importantly, the radiographic interpretation of any oral pathology.

At the end of the course, participants will have a better understanding of managing periodontal disease and the below skills:

  • Improved surgical skills to better manage oral disease including surgical extractions and how to avoid complications

  • Ability to utilise valuable diagnostic tools to identify and treat more oral disease

  • Increased confidence in managing complex oral disease cases

  • Ability to reduce post-operative pain through simple anaesthetic techniques

What previous attendees have said:

"Most instructive and enjoyable sessions. Showed what we should all be doing in our practices"

Grant Poolman, Bowral

"Loved it!! Tony, Christine and John were great! I have so much more confidence and am reinspired by animal dentistry! Definitely feel I can pass on knowledge and practical skills to my colleagues that will only serve to benefit our patients".

Samara Deitz, Lort Smith Animal Hospital


Friday 25 August 2017
Saturday 26 August 2017
8.30 - 5.00
Early Bird
14 July 2017
Veterinary Science Conference Centre
Regimental Drive
Camperdown NSW



Tony Caiafa graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science in 1978. He worked as a vet for 16 years. He returned to study a Bachelor of Dental Science in 1998 and graduated dux of his year. He has extensive experience in all aspects of general dentistry with a particular interest in Dental Implants and Root Canal treatment. Tony has a great rapport with patients and tries very hard to make every visit as comfortable as possible. He continues to work with our four legged friends as a guest lecturer in Veterinary Dentistry at James Cook University, Townsville.

BSc (Vet) BVSc (Hons) PhD MANZCVS (Dentistry)

Christine Hawke graduated from the University of Sydney in 1993, and spent four years in general practice both in Australia and the UK, during which time she disliked dentistry immensely. She returned to the University of Sydney in 1999, and completed her PhD in immunogenetics of autoimmune disease in 2003. After a break to start a family, Christine returned to the Faculty of Veterinary Science as a clinical lecturer, where, strangely enough, she developed an unexpected passion for small animal dentistry. Christine sat her ANZCVS memberships in Veterinary Dentistry in 2006. She founded Sydney Pet Dentistry in 2007, and divides her time between clinical dentistry and teaching all aspects of small animal dentistry to vets, vet nurses, and undergraduate students.

Course fees
Special registration typeFull rate
Vet Nurse Rate$345

Course Fees

*Member includes: Practice, Professional and Academic members

You may be eligible for a 10% discount off the seminar registration. Please read the full Terms & Conditions to see if you are eligible. Discounts can’t be processed online so please contact the CVE on +61 2 9351 7979 or to register.


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