Dentistry: Theory & Practice | Centre for Veterinary Education

Dentistry: Theory & 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 you with the essentials to become a good companion animal dentist and to drive your dental service to the next level in standard of care.

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

Past Participants:

"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

Veterinary nurses and veterinary students with a special interest in the topic are welcome to enrol in the seminar. (The workshop is only open vets). Please be aware that the course is designed for qualified veterinarians and you should consider this in light of your knowledge and experience before you register.


Friday 13 April 2018
Saturday 14 April 2018
9.00 - 17.00
Early Bird
1 March 2018
Veterinary Science Conference Centre
Regimental Drive
Camperdown NSW



Tony Caiafa graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor degree in Veterinary Science in 1978. He worked as a vet for 16 years. He returned to study in 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 membership exams 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

*Member includes: Practice, Professional and Academic members

The seminar nurse rate is the same as the Recent Grad/ Part-time Member rate in the table above. Nurse registrations can’t be processed online so please contact the CVE on +61 2 9351 7979 or email


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