Nurses Certificate in Dentistry

NCert

The Nurses Certificate in Dentistry programme has been designed to provide veterinary nurses with the opportunity to access relevant and up to date knowledge of small animal dentistry and to use this knowledge to improve the treatment given to small animal patients in practice.

At the end of this programme you should be able to:
  • Assess small animal patient’s oral health and to demonstrate skills in recording their findings
  • Demonstrate good working knowledge of the safe anaesthesia of the patients requiring dental treatment
  • Undertake practical techniques relevant to a patient requiring dentistry including completing a dental examination chart, acquiring diagnostic dental radiographs and completing appropriate prophylactic treatment of dental patients
  • Appreciate the need for lifelong dental care and communicate the principles and importance of home oral care to dog-owning clients and colleagues through nurse clinics to promote and monitor active and passive home care

Benefits

This Certificate Programme will:
  • Enhance your clinical skills and knowledge
  • Increase your confidence and job satisfaction
  • Enable you to gain an achievable and recognised qualification
  • Provide an opportunity for you to pursue further academic achievement by registering with Harper Adams University, gaining academic credits and working towards a Graduate Certificate in Professional Studies

Your journey through our Certificate programme

Timings, assessment and learning support

This modular programme is made up of three two-day courses. The modules should ideally be followed in number order but for those veterinary nurses who are unable to attend the full course, attendance at individual modules is an option. For those wishing to complete the whole course and sit the exam, you must complete all three two-day modules within three years. You may take longer to attend all the modules but will not be eligible to sit the exam.

Comprehensive course notes are provided for each module. Refreshments are available throughout the day and lunch is included on all modules.

Access Requirements:

If you want to gain the NCert you must have been in practice for a minimum of one year and be RCVS registered.

You can attend the modules if you are not qualified or in practice, however, you will not be able to attain the NCert – see above.

Course timings:

09.00    Registration

09.30    Course Starts

17.00    Course Finishes

Canine and feline dental anatomy and function

Module Information

Dental disease is one of the most common conditions seen in small animal practice. Familiarity with oral anatomy is a vital step in understanding why this is the case. This module will help you identify skull types, mucosal and periodontal structures and normal/abnormal dentition.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Be familiar with the development of teeth (enamel, dentine, cement and root pulp)
  • Be able to identify important anatomical structures (skull bones, musculature, innervations)
  • Recognise different skull types
  • Explain the structure and function of the periodontium and oral mucosa (palate tongue, soft palate, oropharynx, tonsils)
  • Identify different tooth types and dental formulae

When

Where

Speaker

9 Apr 2019 (9:00-17:00) Swindon Gerhard Putter

Dental examination and diagnostic tests

Module Information

The ability to perform a thorough and complete dental examination is a vital part of any dental clinic. This module will allow you to complete a dental chart with confidence and acquire dental radiographs to fully assess the health of individual teeth. The benefits of other diagnostic tests within a dental work up will also be discussed.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Assess the oral cavity and dentition of a conscious patient
  • Perform a full oral and dental examination under general anaesthetic
  • Confidently complete a comprehensive dental examination chart
  • Create complete patient records, recording findings and providing advice to clients and colleagues
  • Acquire diagnostic dental radiographs
  • Appreciate the need for other diagnostic tests such as blood samples, biopsy and CT

Includes a practical session.

When

Where

Speaker

10 Apr 2019 (9:00-17:00) Swindon Gerhard Putter

Canine dental conditions

Module Information

There are naturally some important differences between the species when it comes to diseases of their teeth. This module will concentrate on the dog allowing you to confidently identify abnormalities and discuss options with the client. The importance of preventative dental healthcare plans will also be discussed.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Recognise the clinical signs of canine periodontal disease
  • Identify conditions affecting the pulp (fractured teeth, abrasion, non-vital teeth, caries)
  • Explain the causes and treatment options for canine tooth resorption
  • Be able to assess malocclusion
  • Review developmental conditions
  • Acquire knowledge of oral masses
  • Discuss the importance of preventative dental healthcare plans for dogs and their implementation in practice
  • Appreciate the need for lifelong dental care and communicate the principles and importance of home oral care to dog owning clients and colleagues through nurse clinics to promote and monitor active and passive home care

When

Where

Speaker

26 Jun 2019 (9:00-17:00) Swindon Gerhard Putter

Exotic dentistry

Module Information

Cats and dogs are not the only species brought into clinics with dental disease. This module will cover the options for preventative and treatment options for rabbits and rodents by taking into consideration the difference in anatomy and tooth development. The instruments and equipment required to safely perform dentistry in these species will also be covered.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Identify skull and dental anatomy of rabbits and rodents
  • Explain tooth development in these species
  • Understand specific health considerations in these species
  • Discuss preventative and treatment options in these species with clients and colleagues
  • Become familiar with the instruments and equipment required to perform dentistry

Includes a practical session.

When

Where

Speaker

27 Jun 2019 (9:00-17:00) Swindon Richard Saunders

Feline dental conditions

Module Information

This module will concentrate on the oral diseases seen in cats allowing you to identify and understand the different presentations that you will see in feline dental clinics. Preventative dental healthcare in cats also has its own challenges and this module will allow you to offer a variety of options to your clients.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Recognise the clinical signs of feline periodontal disease
  • Identify conditions affecting the pulp (fractured teeth, abrasion, non-vital teeth, caries)
  • Explain the causes and treatment options for feline tooth resorption
  • Revise the causes and treatment of chronic gingivostomatitis in the cat
  • Be able to assess malocclusion
  • Appreciate developmental conditions
  • Acquire knowledge of oral masses
  • Appreciate the need for lifelong dental care and communicate the principles and importance of home oral care to cat owning clients and colleagues through nurse clinics to promote and monitor active and passive home care

When

Where

Speaker

12 Sep 2019 (9:00-17:00) Swindon Rachel Perry

The canine and feline dental procedure

Module Information

Many patients arriving for a dental procedure will need careful peri-operative management to reduce morbidity and mortality so this module will give you an appreciation of how to approach each individual case. The importance of the ergonomics of tables, chairs and lighting for a dental procedure will also be covered and a practical session will help you be familiar with all the instrumentation required for a successful procedure.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Assess the patient for anaesthesia and manage the patient peri-operatively in relation to intubation, IVFT, repositioning, maintaining body heat and analgesia
  • Select appropriate equipment and consumables to perform a dental procedure
  • Handle dental instrumentation appropriately
  • Maintain dental equipment
  • Understand the ergonomics of tables, chairs and lighting for a dental procedure
  • Formulate a business plan to bring high quality dental care to the clinic

Includes a practical session.

When

Where

Speaker

13 Sep 2019 (9:00-17:00) Swindon Rachel Perry

Nurses Certificate in Dentistry Pricing

Booking Options

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Full Course £1,850.00 £0.00 £1,850.00
Deposit and payment in full £1,700.00 £150.00 £1,850.00
Direct debit in 12 Monthly payments £154.17 £0.00 £1,850.04

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Payment Terms & Conditions

  1. A non-refundable initial payment of £150.00 is due on registration in order to secure the booking. This can be paid by credit card or bank transfer.
  2. The remaining amount is payable 60 days prior to the course commencing.
  3. Direct debit plans are administered and collected on our behalf by Animal Healthcare Limited.
  4. If you want to enrol for the exam there is a £250 (no VAT) payable to the European School of Veterinary Postgraduate Studies (ESVPS). There is an additional £50 (no VAT) charge for those sitting the NCert Anaesthesia examination for online external invigilation.
  5. Individual and paired module pricing does not include the exam fees payable to ESVPS.
  6. Please contact us for pricing relating to corporate veterinary groups and multiple booking discounts.
  7. Full details regarding the course cancellation procedure can be found here: https://www.improveinternational.com/uk/terms-and-conditions/

Registration Information

  1. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first served basis.
  2. Where all available places are full, applicants will be offered first refusal for the next available date.
  3. Improve International reserves the right to close the intake early if the number of applications received exceeds the number of available places.
  4. In order to secure a place, you must pay an initial payment – details of which can be found above.
  5. Confirmation and enrolment details will then be sent to applicants once we have received a completed application form.

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