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Dental Bites for the Enlightened Practitioner TimeOnline

Dental Bites for the Enlightened Practitioner TimeOnline

Take your dentistry to another level and improve the oral health and welfare of your patients.

Periodontal and dental diseases are arguably the most common issues seen in small animal practice, yet many vets feel intimidated or inadequate, when faced with a complex dental case that may require more than just a scale and polish.

This course is targeted at an intermediate level, for those veterinarians, who have some experience in performing dental procedures, but would like to go further with their dentistry.

The course aims to help the participant treatment plan a dental case (the key to predictable patient outcomes), to perform efficient and atraumatic extractions (for both you and the patient), to offer pre-emptive analgesia for your dental patients, through the demonstration of local anaesthetic nerve block techniques and how to take and interpret dental radiographs.

Together, these skills will help you avoid the more common pitfalls that can lead to iatrogenic complications such as lost roots, fractured roots, and even fractured jaws. Additionally, you will learn about the currently available homecare products in Australia and the evidence (or lack of) behind these products.

Past Participant:

Fantastic Course! I learnt so much about interpreting dental radiographs, when to extract and local anaesthetics that I now feel more comfortable and confident tackling dentals in general practice! I thoroughly recommend this course!
Dr. Rebecca Robey

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Have a good understanding of the principles behind extraction techniques and how with good planning, avoid the common pitfalls seen with extractions
  • Have a good understanding of oral radiology and positioning techniques, allowing the operator to take quality diagnostic radiographs as well as to identify what is normal anatomy and what is pathology
  • Understand the pharmacology of the different local anaesthetic agents and identify the anatomical landmarks required to perform effective anaesthesia/analgesia in the oral cavity
  • Understand the evidence behind currently available homecare products, plus recommendations on their use and how to apply this knowledge when prescribing homecare products


  1. Tooth extractions: techniques and complications
  2. Dental radiology
  3. Local anaesthetic techniques
  4. Dental homecare products

What is a TimeOnline?

Flexible and accessible online CPD

TimeOnline is quality online education delivered by veterinary experts in short, manageable timeframes.

Build in-demand skills in key clinical areas. Engage with your tutor/s and other participants through an active discussion forum. The programs are further enhanced by concise core notes, video presentations, case studies, images, useful links and interactive quizzes to test your knowledge and round out the program. Earn 10 CPD point with completion of each TimeOnline course.

Who should enrol?

This course is suitable for qualified veterinarians. Veterinary students are welcome to enrol.

Registrant Type Price
Member* $486
Recent Graduate / Part-time Professional Member  $303
Student Member $152
eMember / Non-Member $607

*Members include: Practice, Professional and Academic members.

Monday, 01 November 2021 to
Sunday, 28 November 2021
20 CPD Point/s
Delivered Online

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Dr Anthony M. Caiafa
Tony Caiafa
BVSc BDSc MANZCVS (Small animal surgery, 1992; Dentistry, 1993)
Dr Kayoko Kuroda
Kayo Kuroda
BVSc, MANZCVS (Small Animal Dentistry and Oral Surgery 2018)
Dr Anthony M. Caiafa
Tony Caiafa
BVSc BDSc MANZCVS (Small animal surgery, 1992; Dentistry, 1993)
Tony Caiafa graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor degree in Veterinary Science in 1978. He worked as mainly a companion animal vet and owned two practices over...
Dr Kayoko Kuroda
Kayo Kuroda
BVSc, MANZCVS (Small Animal Dentistry and Oral Surgery 2018)
Kayo graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science in 2006. Since completing her degree, she has pursued her twin passions of teaching and clini...


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