Course Overview

Dental disease and conditions affect a very high percentage of pets. For many animals, the impact on their health and quality of life is profound. Pet owners often do not understand the seriousness of their pet's condition beyond surface symptoms such as bad breath. As crucial as good dental health is to pets, the veterinarian is simply not able to provide a full range of dental services, including strong client education, without a trained support team.

Credentialed veterinary technicians with advanced training in dentistry are able to provide a higher level of dental support. This allows the doctor to see more dental patients, yet increase the quality of care each patient receives.

Dentistry: Getting To The Root Of The Problem is a 4-week course that explores the progressive ideologies of dentistry. Periodontal and endodontic diseases are the most common dental diseases diagnosed and they are often misunderstood. With the completion of this course, participants will understand the pathogenesis, clinical signs, and radiographic signs, and will be able to implement progressive treatment options that is ideal for each patient.

Feline dental disease can be complex, often resulting in unsatisfied clients. However, participants will be able to fully explain how and why gingivostomatitis and eosinophilic granuloma complex occurs predominantly in cats and be able to implement proper treatment protocols. Exotic medicine is on the rise in general practice and dental care for these exotic patients requires special training. Anesthesia, pain management, common dental diseases and radiology techniques are covered at length for rabbits, rodents, ferrets, hedgehogs and sugar gliders.

Dentistry: Getting To The Root Of The Problem is a follow-up course to Dentistry: Polishing Up Your Dental Basics and builds on the base concepts presented in that course. Participants are not required to work in practice to complete this course. 

This course was previously titled Advanced Principles of Dentsitry.


Continuing Education Credits

Course meets the requirements for 12 RACE hours of continuing education credit for veterinary technicians in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB's RACE approval. However, participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery.

This course is an interactive online course that meets RACE requirements; program number 57-11430.


Veterinary Technician Specialty Academy Acceptance

Academy of Veterinary Dental Technicians (AEVNT)

Dentistry: Getting To The Root Of The Problem
is accepted by the Academy towards continuing education requirements.


Course Content

Dentistry: Getting To The Root Of The Problem is designed to advance the skills of credentialed veterinary technicians. It discusses the identification and evaluation of periodontal disease. Common endodontic diseases are explored along with various treatment techniques. In addition, the course examines malocclusions, jaw fractures and oral tumors.

Feline dentistry is covered extensively, including the topics of gingivostomatitis, eosinophilic granuloma complex, and feline tooth resorption. Exotic patient dentistry rounds out the course. It includes anesthesia and pain management along with common dental problems, and the instruments needed for the rabbit, ferret and small pocket pet mouths.


Course Focus and Learning Objectives

Dentistry: Getting To The Root Of The Problem is designed for the advanced credentialed veterinary technician who has a basic understanding of dental techniques. Although this course does not carry RACE credits for veterinarians, it is also recommended for those wishing to brush up on their dentistry skills.

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Define and describe the pathogenesis of periodontal disease
  • Describe the anatomy of the pulp
  • Discuss indications for endodontic therapy
  • Compare and contrast the medical and surgical options available to treat endodontic disease
  • Identify common malocclusions
  • Identify common oral benign and malignant tumors
  • Identify signs, symptoms and treatment options for feline gingivostomatitis and eosinophilic granuloma complex
  • Define and describe the pathogenesis of feline oral resorpative lesions, and determine the most effective treatment option
  • Differentiate dentitions of rodents, rabbits and ferrets
  • Identify common dental problems and determine best radiographic methods to diagnose dental disease in exotic pets
  • Implement effective communication and discharge instructions for postoperative dental patients


Participation Access Parameters

The design of this course allows participants to enroll at any time. 

After enrolling, please allow up to 48 hours for course activation. Each participant will have a personal start and end date that begins upon activation.


Additional Courses Using Required Text

The textbook used in this course is also used in Dentistry: Polishing up your Dental Basics. Click on the course title to view details regarding that course.


Required Materials

Small Animal Dental Procedures for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses by Jeanne Perrone, CVT, VTS (Dentistry); 2013 Wiley-Blackwell

Important Text Information:

This course utilizes a textbook. It is up to each participant to determine the best way to acquire the text. Some will already have the text in their library and, therefore, will not need to purchase another copy. Where to purchase and in what format is totally up to the participant. The text is available as a print publication and as an eBook through Wiley-Blackwell. The following link to their website is provided as a courtesy. Scroll down to the bottom of the Wiley-Blackwell page to view all book delivery options.

Purchase Text From Wiley-Blackwell

Important: Regardless of what option the participant chooses, access to a copy of the textbook is mandatory. Without the text, the student will not be able to complete the assignments, case studies and examinations as the material is not reprinted within the course. If enrolling close to or beyond the course start date, it is recommended that the text be purchased as an eBook to prevent text acquisition related delays.


Participant Feedback

...I really liked the case studies. They really made me think about and use what I have learned.

...The fact that this course is taught by a technician with a VTS in dentistry was what drew me to the course.

...The assignments were the most beneficial to me because they help you understand what is trying to be explained.

...the reading material and exams where the most beneficial

...I loved this course and I hope that there will be more dental classes offered in the near future. I really like the book and it is a great reference to have. The assignments made me understand the objectives of this course. I liked the mix of case studies and regular assignments. The supplementary resources were great as well.


Course Completion Requirements

Completed students are awarded a certificate of completion. Completion requirements include:

  • Instructor Graded Interactive Module Assignments: Designed to help the participant reinforce newly learned material

  • Instructor Graded Interactive Case Study Assignments: Designed to help the participant apply the newly learned skills and knowledge though patient and practice based scenarios

  • Examinations: All examinations must be submitted with a score of 80% or better

  • Course survey


Course Instructor

Jeanne Perrone, CVT, VTS (Dentistry)Jeanne Perrone, CVT, VTS (Dentistry)

Jeanne received her degree in veterinary technology from Parkland College in Champaign, IL. She earned her credentialing as a VTS (Dentistry) in 2006. Currently, she is a dental technician at Tampa Bay Veterinary Specialists in Largo, FL and The Pet Dentist of Tampa Bay in Wesley Chapel, FL. Jeanne also instructs for the BAS VT program in dentistry at St. Petersburg College, and is the Dentistry Section Editor for Veterinary Technician magazine.

Jeanne is a member and former officer of the Academy of Veterinary Dental Technicians, a NAVTA Specialty Group which mentors, trains and certifies credentialed technicians to be specialists in dentistry.


Course Fee

Price: $146.00



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