Small Animal Dentistry | Centre for Veterinary Education

Small Animal Dentistry

The aim of this course is to develop your dental knowledge and skills enabling you to become more confident in your dental work and to expand the range of services you can offer your clients.

Topics covered in the course include: anatomy, recognition and treatment of deciduous dental issues; local anaesthesia; extractions; radiology; periodontal disease; repair of Oro-nasal Fistula and treatment of recently traumatized teeth.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course, participants will:

  1. Have a comprehensive understanding of oral anatomy and treatment options for both deciduous and immature adult tooth pathology.

  2. Have a better understanding of analgesia, to ensure a pain free procedure using easy to administer, repeatable and reliable local nerve blocks.

  3. Sweat less, swear less and rather than dread tooth extractions, see the procedure in a new light where the removal of the tooth can be a less stressful event for all the staff.

  4. Learn when to take a radiograph and interpret the radiographs you take.

  5. Improve your periodontal skills, make a valuable dental chart to record pathology and treatment, and give clients instructions and recommendations that they follow.

  6. Learn advanced procedures that may be implemented into the general practice including repair of oro-nasal fistulas and treatment of acutely traumatised teeth.

  7. Be in a position to confidently offer clients new procedures that will enhance the health of your patients and advance your practice into the world of advanced veterinary dentistry.


Monday 8 May - Sunday 4 June 2017
Delivered Online



David Clarke received his BVSc from the University of Queensland and completed his dental residency at the Dallas Dental Animal Hospital in Dallas, Texas, USA. David became a Registered Specialist in Veterinary Dentistry & Small Animal Oral Surgery; a Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College; and a Fellow of the American Academy of Veterinary Dentistry. He is also Member of the Australian & New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (Veterinary Dentistry) and has a specialist and general dental practice located in Hallam, Victoria. Dr Clarke is an Adjunct Associate Lecturer, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Faculty of Veterinary Science at Massey University (NZ), and is a Veterinary Dentist consultant at Werribee Open range Zoo, Melbourne, Victoria; Taronga and Western Plains Zoo, NSW; Adelaide and Monarto Zoos, SA. 

Course Fees

Member TypeTimeOnline
Recent Grad / Part-time Member$289
Student Member$145
Non-member / eMember$578
*Members include: Practice, Professional and Academic members

You may be eligible for a 10% discount off your 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.     

Further details

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