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Dental Bites for the Enlightened Practitioner TimeOnline

Dental Bites for the Enlightened Practitioner TimeOnline

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 complicated case that may require more than a scale and polish.

This course is designed at an intermediate level for those veterinarians who have had experience in performing dental procedures. It aims to help you understand how to plan and perform efficient, atraumatic extractions (for both you and the patient), where to place local anaesthetic nerve blocks, and how to take and interpret dental radiographs.

Together, these skills will help you to avoid the common pitfalls that lead to complications such as lost roots, fractured roots and fractured jaws. Additionally, you will learn about the treatment options for traumatic malocclusions. 

The skills you will learn in this course will take your dentistry to a more advanced level and help you to improve the health and welfare of your patients.

"Dental bites TimeOnline was such a wonderful course. I learnt so much, so much new information. The tutors are outstanding and so helpful. These short courses are so valuable for vets in general practice." 

Larissa Ladyko  

Learning Objectives

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Have a good understanding of the principles behind extraction techniques and how with good planning, to avoid the common pitfalls seen in extractions
  • Understand the treatment options for traumatic malocclusions and when to offer referral
  • Have a good understanding of oral radiology positioning techniques, allowing the operator to take quality diagnostic radiographs and then to interpret oral pathology seen on the image
  • Understand the pharmacology of the different local anaesthetic agents and identify the anatomical landmarks required to perform effective anaesthesia/analgesia in the oral cavity.


  1. Surgical extractions including introduction to new technologies simplifying the extraction process. Extraction complications: avoiding common pitfalls 
  2. Dental radiology: how to obtain diagnostic images and interpretation of dental radiographs including identifying normal radiographic oral anatomy       
  3. Local anaesthesia: drugs and techniques 
  4. Treatment options for Malocclusions

What is a TimeOnline?

Flexible and affordable short online CPD

TimeOnline is a quality online education program delivered by veterinary experts, in short, manageable timeframes. You will be engaging with your tutor/s and other participants through an active discussion forum and other online resources including a set of concise core notes, video presentations, case studies, images, useful links, and interactive quizzes to test your knowledge and complete your CPD requirements. All participants receive an electronic certificate upon successful completion of the course. 

Complete at your own pace over 4 weeks to earn 10-20 CPD points (depending on the course).


Monday 17 February - Sunday 15 March 2020
Delivered Online


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 a period of 16 years. He returned to study and completed a Bachelor of Dental Science in 1998 and graduated dux of his year. He has extensive experience in all aspects of general dentistry in humans with a particular interest in dental implants and root canal treatments. He continues to work with our four-legged friends as an Adjunct Associate Professor in Veterinary Dentistry at James Cook University, Townsville as well as a consultant in veterinary dentistry at North Coast Veterinary Specialists and referral practice on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland.

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 clinical practice while working in small animal general practices around Queensland.  Her thirst for knowledge has led her to pursue educational opportunities across Australia and the globe, with a particular interest in small animal dentistry and oral health.  She currently leads the dentistry programs for the organisation she is working and has recently obtained Membership of ANZCVS in Small Animal Dentistry and Oral Surgery, with a view to further specialisation.  Underpinning her clinical approach is a strong appreciation for the importance of the human and animal bond.

Course Fees

Member TypeTimeOnline
Recent Grad / Part-time Member$303
Student Member$152
Non-member / eMember$607
*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.