Veterinary Dental Education

Oral pathology is the most commonly diagnosed health problem in companion animals and every day we see many diseases that should have been prevented, can be treated or may be managed. We believe that education is key to raising the standard of veterinary dentistry and creating real change.

Since dentistry is not taught in any depth at most universities there is a gap in many veterinarians’ knowledge. We aim to bridge that gap and VDS provides workshops and webinars all overseen by leading veterinary dental specialist Dr David Clarke BVSc, Diplomate AVDC, Fellow AVD, MANZCVS. Registered Specialist, Dentistry and Oral Surgery.

Workshops at VDEC

The Veterinary Dental Education Centre (VDEC) set up and operated by Dr David E. Clarke is the first of its kind in Australasia, offering both practical hands-on teaching and on-line continuing education programs. The practical classes are conducted in a “state of the art, purpose built, facility in Melbourne, Australia. Conducted by both local and international Board Certified, Specialists and Residency trained Veterinarians, the workshops cover all apects of small animal veterinary dentistry and oral surgery.

VDEC is the premier facility for those seeking unparalleled comprehensive on-line learning and “hands-on” veterinary dental continuing education programs. Small class sizes, individual access to dental machines, workstations and instruments, interactive lectures, and an open forum approach to learning, make classes at VDEC a truly unique and professionally rewarding experience.

Individual work stations are each equipped with high and low speed drills, air-water syringes, and quick disconnects for ultrasonic scalers and have complete instrumentation for the course taught. In addition, on site there are Acteon XMind DC dental radiographic xray generators, Sopix2 DR sensors, PSPix CR plates and computers, amalgamators and a model cutter. Each attendee has access to their own set of Cislak/USI instruments, loupes, dental models and specimens. There is no sharing of instruments, no time searching for the right materials or waiting for equipment. Small groups and longer laboratory time provide attendees with the chance to fully learn and put into practice new techniques. Each course fee also includes a kit of instruments to take home.

The veterinary dental programs offered through VDEC are for all ability levels and include webinars and continuing education courses in radiology, oral pathology, oral surgery, restorations, and endodontics for general practitioners and those veterinarians with a special interest in dentistry. Starting in January 2019, VDEC will begin offering ‘Masters level’ courses and ‘mini-residency programs’ for those individuals with ANZCVS Membership, seeking training on more advanced topics within the dental disciplines.

Veterinary Dental Education Centre(VDEC) Workshops

Feline Radiology, Analgesia and Oral Surgery Extractions in the Feline with Dr David E Clarke

A number of companion animals do not receive adequate periodontal homecare and suffer advanced dental pathology that requires oral surgery including extractions. A large number of fractures are not able to be saved by endodontic treatment and require extraction, so analgesia and an easy, less traumatic tooth removal is ideal. At this course you will greatly improve your dental skills as we cover: Analgesia and use of local analgesic agents, anatomy for nerve blocks, radiology positioning and interpretation, simple and surgical extractions, raising a muco-gingival flap, osteotomy techniques, tooth sectioning in the feline patient.

2019 dates: February 22nd, March 22nd, July 19th, August 9th, November 15th, November 29th

Venue: VDEC Training Centre Melbourne, 81 Belgrave-Hallam Rd, Hallam Vic 3803, Australia


Canine Radiology, Analgesia and Oral Surgery Extractions in the Canine with Dr David E Clarke

A number of companion animals do not receive adequate periodontal homecare and suffer advanced dental pathology that requires oral surgery including extractions. A large number of fractures are not able to be saved by endodontic treatment and require extraction, so analgesia and an easy, less traumatic tooth removal is ideal. At this course you will greatly improve your dental skills as we cover: Analgesia and use of local analgesic agents, anatomy for nerve blocks, radiology, simple and surgical extractions, raising a muco-gingival flap, osteotomy techniques, tooth sectioning, and closure of oro-nasal fistulas in the canine patient.

2019 dates: March 23rd, July 30th, August 10th, November 16th, November 30th

Venue: VDEC Training Centre Melbourne, 81 Belgrave-Hallam Rd, Hallam Vic 3803, Australia


Dentistry for the Nurse and Technician with Dr David E Clarke

Since the majority of companion animals will suffer dental pathology including periodontal disease, fractures of their teeth, odontoclastic resorptive lesions, attrition, endodontic disease, recognition and treatment of oral disease is very important. The nurse and technician are an important cog in the dental machinery in every practice and once educated can build the dental and general practice. The topics covered during this one day course include: Anatomy, Periodontal Disease (charting, probing, scaling, probing, use of SANOS), Instrument care, Admission/Discharge of a patient and Home care protocols. Setting Up a Dental Program and Nurse Dental consultations. Radiology is one of the most important diagnostic tools available to the veterinary nurse. At this course you will greatly improve your radiographic dental skills as we cover: equipment / materials, indications for radiology, positioning for all standard views, developing and identification of normal vs. abnormal structures. Come Join us for a fully packed dental day, you won’t leave disappointed.

2019 dates: March 21st, July 18th, August 8th, November 14th, November 28th

Venue: VDEC Training Centre Melbourne, 81 Belgrave-Hallam Rd, Hallam Vic 3803, Australia


12th October 2019

Saving Teeth – Alternatives to Extraction with Dr David E Clarke

Conditions covered:

  • Uncomplicated crown fractures – enamel and dentine exposed – pulp NOT exposed (T/FX/UCF);
  • Enamel hypoplasia or carious lesion,
  • Recent complicated crown fractures – pulp exposure <48hrs (T/FX/CCF).
  • Increased periodontal sulcus depth or pocket formation,
  • Furcation exposure, 3. Gingival recession.
  • Linguoversion of mandibular canine teeth (304,404)

Treatments & Techniques

  • Composite restoration
  • Vital pulp capping
  • Subgingival curettage
  • Placement of bone graft material
  • Dentinal bonding techniques
  • Coronal extensions
  • Construction of an incline plate

The day was great…..’ Ian and Angus ran a full on informative day with both lectures and hands on practice. They are both incredible approachable, practical and obviously passionate about dentistry. Our confidence in all aspects of the dentistry we offer has increased and so have the sales J’

Dr Nina Field, VetEnt Ashburton

In Clinic Workshops

We understand it is not always possible to find the time to leave your clinic, so we bring education to you. Veterinary Dental Supplies’ in-clinic dental workshops and wet labs are a cost effective way of training the entire team. Because they are conducted in your clinic, they are completely tailored to your practice’s needs and address difficulties experienced by individual staff.

Popular workshop topics include Companion Animal Dental Radiographic Positioning and Interpretation Companion Animal Veterinary Dental Extraction, and Treating Periodontal Disease to Save Teeth. VDS in-clinic workshops may be full or half day and are run by Dr Angus Fechney, Dr Kirsten Hailstone, and Dr Karen Thompson whom have a wealth of experience in teaching and veterinary dentistry. Specialist communication and business workshops are also available.

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