50 Veterinary Professionals Attend Dental Lecture and Wet Lab

Globe University-Appleton was pleased to host a recent continuing education opportunity for veterinary professionals in the Fox Valley area. This two-day event drew over 50 members of the local veterinary community, including three alumni and five veterinary technology program staff members from Globe University-Appleton.

The dental lecture and lab was sponsored by Animal Health International. Tom Knutson, director of customer solutions for Animal Health International, summed up the main focus of the educational opportunity.

“The dental lecture and lab for veterinarians and technicians is [offered] to educate and teach oral pathology, periodontal disease, and proper dental procedures and techniques,” Knutson said.

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Dr. Jill Duch, Resident Veterinarian at Globe University-Appleton, participating in the dental lecture and lab.

Rebecca Lange, veterinary technology program chair at Globe University-Appleton, said that the lectures covered a wide range of skills. “The lectures covered everything from periodontal disease, dental cleanings, dental radiography, client communication and home care.”

“Everything we learned can be directly applied to a clinical or classroom setting. The information was interesting and the speakers were engaging. Being able to network and see others from the veterinary community was also a bonus. The hands-on practice cannot be beat!” said Lange of the overall event.

Dr. Brook Niemiec served as one of the instructors and the speaker for the event. Dr. Niemiec, of Southern California Veterinary Dental Specialties, is a Board Certified specialist in Veterinary Dentistry and a Fellow in the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry. It was great to have him as our guest and instructor, as he is one of only 73 Board Certified Veterinary Dental specialists!

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Dr. Dale Kressin, Board Certified Veterinary Dentist of Animal Dentistry and Oral Surgery Specialists, LLC, served as the other instructor for this continuing education opportunity. “Our level one dentistry training CE was focused on helping veterinarians and veterinary technicians to perform a comprehensive oral examination, including:

  • teeth cleaning,
  • polishing, and
  • providing basic diagnostics and treatments

Dental radiology, dental and periodontal probing (with charting), oral pathology charting, dentinal bonding and regional anesthesia were taught to veterinarians and technicians. Dental extractions were taught for veterinarians only. Demonstrations on instrument sharpening were included for everyone in attendance,” said Dr. Kressin.

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Dr. Dale Kressin

Dr. Kressin said that the event was very successful. “I spoke personally with each registrant and the feedback was very positive.”

WFRV-TV interviewed Dr. Kressin during the event. The news clip can be viewed here. Tom Knutson of Animal Health International also put together a video with event photo highlights. You can check it out here.

“We were so very lucky to be able to host an event like this,” Rebecca Lange said. What a great way to further the education of our local veterinary professionals.