On Feb. 9, the Globe University-Wausau campus hosted a Registry of Approved Continuing Education dental continuing education opportunity that was presented by the Wisconsin Veterinary Technician Association (WVTA). Fifty people participated, including Certified Veterinary Technicians (CVTs), Doctors of Veterinary Medicine (DVM’s) and Globe University students from across the state who are gaining hands-on veterinary technology training.
Two lecture and lab tracks were offered. Track I was geared toward normal dental anatomy, prophylaxis and dental radiography, and Track II was geared toward dental pathology and dental nerve blocks.
Jill Medenwalt, CVT, VTS, presented the the Track I lectures. Jill works in the dentistry department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine and is vice president of the WVTA. Laurel Bird, CVT, VTS, presented the Track II lectures; Laurel is an adjunct instructor at Globe University-Eau Claire and works in a private practice.
Participants were given the opportunity to perfect their skills for performing a complete dental prophylaxis. They also learned how to utilize sharpening stones to keep their instruments sharp, which is necessary to perform a dental prophylaxis properly.
Dr. Riehl and Dr. Honzelka presented the Track II lectures. Dr. Riehl graduated from the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine, performed a one-year internship in New York, and returned to UW-Madison for her residency training program in veterinary dentistry and oral surgery, where she is currently in her second year.
Dr. Honzelka worked in general practice for 10 years before entering a dentistry and oral surgery residency program at Animal Dentistry and Oral Surgery Specialists, LLC, in Oshkosh, Wis.
Drs. Riehl and Honzelka taught Track II participants about the multiple nerve blocks that may be utilized in veterinary dental medicine. Local anesthesia is an integral part to performing dental extractions or procedures that may be painful for the pet, such as a root canal. Dr. Honzelka gave great instruction to the participants.
The labs were outstanding. Both Track I and Track II participants received hands-on experience working with digital dental radiography, and they were able to understand the difficult-to-grasp bisecting angle technique by the time they were done with the radiography portion of the lab.
Lab participants also obtained experience with dental charting presented by Dr. Riehl. Charting is a very important part of a dental prophylaxis. This allows for a standard method of recording dental pathology. It is a great part of a medical record that allows the veterinarian precise and concise information that can be utilized to monitor any dental pathology present. It is also a great tool to utilize and present to the clients after their pet has had a dental prophylaxis performed. This way the client is well informed as to what was found in their pet’s mouth, what will need to be monitored, and a clear explanation of was treatments were performed.
A special thanks goes out to Globe University-Madison West graduate, Danielle Ziegler, CMT, CVT, who is now employed with the ICU unit at UW- Madison School of Veterinary Medicine and is the State Program Committee Chair for the WVTA, for being such an integral part in organizing the event.
By Janet Laffin, Veterinary Technology Program Chair, Globe University-Wausau