Dentistry and Oral Surgery

Postgraduate Certificate

The diagnosis and management of dental and oral disease represents a major component of small animal practice.

This NEW modular programme will provide a thorough, informed case-based approach to such cases. Through lectures, case discussions and practical sessions you will learn how to approach the dog, cat and exotic patient presenting with the various manifestations of oral pathology in a logical and scientific manner. 

Your learning options:

  • Complete the one-year programme (all modules) and achieve the General Practitioner Certificate (GPCert) and attain 40 academic credits at Masters Level

  • Continue on to the second year of the programme to achieve a Postgraduate Certificate (PgC) that combines the GPCert clinical studies with reflective practice (the Advanced Practitioner Module is 20 academic credits at Masters Level 7.) The PgC is 60 academic credits

  • After completing your Postgraduate Certificate, you can apply for the RCVS Advanced Practitioner Status. This is subject to meeting all of the other entry requirements set out by RCVS in the Applicant Guidance Notes

    Attendance on the taught modules is:

    Day 1 – 9.30am – 5.00pm
    Day 2 – 9.30am – 4.30pm

Inclusive learning support

Our Small Animal Dentistry and Oral Surgery PgC programme consists of fourteen modules and is delivered using a combination of lectures and highly practical sessions. The practical components of this modular programme bring together ultrasonography, radiology and CT/MRI to ensure you will increase your skills, knowledge and confidence in dealing with complex dental cases in practice.

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A subscription to Harper Adam’s online e-library providing access to 1,000s of scientific articles and abstracts

Access to our online learning management system: Moodle – This provides access to course notes, discussion forums and other study resources, including surgical videos and webinars

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A dedicated Programme Tutor will support every individual during their programme to ensure a rewarding and successful learning journey

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Places on the programme are limited to ensure the best possible learning experience

World-renowned speakers 

You will be closely guided throughout each module by an expert speaker with plenty of opportunity for questions and discussion. The speakers for each module are as follows: 

Peter Southerden
BVSc MBA Dip EVDC MRCVS RCVS Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Dentistry EBVS® European Veterinary Specialist in Dentistry

Andrew Perry
BVSc Dip EVDC MRCVS EBVS® European Veterinary Specialist in Dentistry

Bob Partridge
BVM&S Dipl.EVDC MRCVS  

Nicola Grint
BVSc PhD CertVA DVA DiplECVAA MRCVS

Owen Davies
MA VetMB MANZCVS(SAM) MRCVS 

Richard A.Saunders
BSc (Hons) Zoology BVSc RCVS CertZooMed RCVS Dipl ZooMed (Mammalian) 

Rachel Perry
BSc BVM&S MANZCVS (Small Animal Dentistry & Oral Surgery) Dipl.EVDC MRCVS

Click to see which speakers are presenting each module >

01 Oral Examination 
Bob Partridge BVM&S Dipl.EVDC MRCVS  

02 Anaesthesia and Analgesia
Nicola Grint BVSc PhD CertVA DVA DiplECVAA MRCVS

03 Diagnostic Imaging Theory
Andrew Perry BVSc Dip EVDC MRCVS EBVS® European Veterinary Specialist in Dentistry

04 Diagnostic Imaging Practical
Andrew Perry BVSc Dip EVDC MRCVS EBVS® European Veterinary Specialist in Dentistry

05 Oral and Dental Disease
Bob Partridge BVM&S Dipl.EVDC MRCVS  

06 Periodontology 
Bob Partridge BVM&S Dipl.EVDC MRCVS  

07 Oral surgery I
Rachel Perry BSc BVM&S MANZCVS (Small Animal Dentistry & Oral Surgery) Dipl.EVDC MRCVS

08 Oral Surgery I Practical Techniques 
Rachel Perry BSc BVM&S MANZCVS (Small Animal Dentistry & Oral Surgery) Dipl.EVDC MRCVS

09 Oral Surgery II
Peter Southerden BVSc MBA Dip EVDC MRCVS, RCVS Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Dentistry EBVS® European Veterinary Specialist in Dentistry

10 Oral Surgery II Practical Techniques 
Peter Southerden BVSc MBA Dip EVDC MRCVS, RCVS Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Dentistry EBVS® European Veterinary Specialist in Dentistry

11 Oncology 
Owen Davies MA VetMB MANZCVS(SAM) MRCVS 

12 Exotic Animal Dentistry
Richard A.Saunders BSc (Hons) Zoology BVSc RCVS CertZooMed RCVS Dipl ZooMed (Mammalian) 

13 Advanced Veterinary Dental Techniques I
Rachel Perry BSc BVM&S MANZCVS (Small Animal Dentistry & Oral Surgery) Dipl.EVDC MRCVS

14 Advanced Veterinary Dental Techniques II
Rachel Perry BSc BVM&S MANZCVS (Small Animal Dentistry & Oral Surgery) Dipl.EVDC MRCVS

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Oral Examination

Module Information

By the end of this module, delegates should be able to:

  • Describe the sequence of events in dental embryology and tooth eruption
  • Recognise normal oral and dental anatomy and its variations
  • Appreciate normal occlusion in the dog and cat and identify the different classes of malocclusions
  • Use correct dental terminology and nomenclature
  • Identify and describe the use of dental diagnostic hand instruments
  • Perform a detailed oral examination and comprehensively record data on a dental chart

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Available*9 Jan 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Bob Partridge
* Dates available on first come first served basis. Please note we advise all delegates not to book time off work / make travel arrangements until their dates have been confirmed with the Programme tutor. This will only happen once your place on the course has been confirmed.

Anaesthesia and Analgesia

Module Information

By the end of this module, delegates should be able to:

  • Provide a balanced approach to anaesthesia and analgesia in dental and oral surgical cases
  • Discuss anaesthetic monitoring equipment
  • Define commonly encountered anaesthetic complications in dental and oral surgical procedures and discuss ways to minimise such complications
  • Summarise the advantages and disadvantages of local anaesthetic nerve blocks in the dog and cat
  • Learn how to perform local anaesthetic nerve blocks in the dog and cat

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Available*10 Jan 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Nicola Grint
* Dates available on first come first served basis. Please note we advise all delegates not to book time off work / make travel arrangements until their dates have been confirmed with the Programme tutor. This will only happen once your place on the course has been confirmed.

Diagnostic Imaging Theory

Module Information

By the end of this module, candidates should be able to:

  • Understand the principles of radiology – material, methods and safety considerations
  • Describe the techniques and equipment required for intraoral dental radiography in the dog and cat
  • Be able to explain bisecting angle and parallel techniques
  • Appreciate the indications for and limitations of skull radiography
  • Identify normal dental radiographic anatomy and be familiar with common variations
  • Discuss the indications for advanced diagnostic imaging techniques, such as CT and MRI

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Fully Booked11 Mar 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Andrew Perry
Available*18 Mar 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Andrew Perry
* Dates available on first come first served basis. Please note we advise all delegates not to book time off work / make travel arrangements until their dates have been confirmed with the Programme tutor. This will only happen once your place on the course has been confirmed.

Diagnostic Imaging Practical

Module Information

By the end of this module, candidates should be able to

  • Confidently use the equipment required for dental radiography
  • Perform the techniques required to acquire diagnostic intraoral radiographic images in the dog and cat
  • Be able to demonstrate bisecting angle and parallel techniques
  • Interpret dental and skull radiographic images and recognise commonly encountered pathology

This module includes a practical film reading session.

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Fully Booked12 Mar 2020 (9:00-16:30) Swindon Andrew Perry
Available*19 Mar 2020 (9:00-16:30) Swindon Andrew Perry
* Dates available on first come first served basis. Please note we advise all delegates not to book time off work / make travel arrangements until their dates have been confirmed with the Programme tutor. This will only happen once your place on the course has been confirmed.

Oral and Dental Disease

Module Information

By the end of this module, delegates should be able to:

  • Recognise and describe developmental and congenital abnormalities of the teeth and oral cavity
  • Review the commonly encountered acquired oral and dental conditions of the dog and cat including feline gingivostomatitis
  • Describe the potential diagnostic pathways for these conditions
  • Analyse the advantages and disadvantages of the various treatment options for these conditions
  • Evaluate specific case material (photographs and radiographs) in order to discuss potential diagnoses and treatment options

This module includes case discussion including evaluation of photographs and practical film reading.

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Available*28 Apr 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Bob Partridge
* Dates available on first come first served basis. Please note we advise all delegates not to book time off work / make travel arrangements until their dates have been confirmed with the Programme tutor. This will only happen once your place on the course has been confirmed.

Periodontology

Module Information

By the end of this module, delegates should be able to:

  • Describe the aetiopathogenesis and pathobiological forms of periodontal disease in the dog and cat
  • Discuss the assessment of periodontal health using radiography, probing and charting
  • List the potential hazards associated with periodontal therapy (both to operator and patient)
  • Summarise the evidence-base surrounding potential homecare options
  • Identify ideal cases which could be referred for periodontal surgery, and briefly explain the techniques involved

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Available*29 Apr 2020 (9:00-16:30) Swindon Bob Partridge
* Dates available on first come first served basis. Please note we advise all delegates not to book time off work / make travel arrangements until their dates have been confirmed with the Programme tutor. This will only happen once your place on the course has been confirmed.

Oral Surgery I

Module Information

By the end of this module, delegates should be able to:

  • Describe wound healing in the oral cavity, including factors which affect it
  • Identify instruments commonly used in oral surgical procedures (including dental extractions)
  • Demonstrate how to perform atraumatic tooth extractions using closed and open surgical techniques
  • Summarise extraction complications and their avoidance
  • Outline the causes of cleft palate and oronasal fistulae in the dog and cat
  • Consider the advantages and disadvantages of techniques for cleft palate and oronasal fistula repair in the dog and cat

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Available*28 May 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Rachel Perry
Fully Booked11 Jun 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Rachel Perry
* Dates available on first come first served basis. Please note we advise all delegates not to book time off work / make travel arrangements until their dates have been confirmed with the Programme tutor. This will only happen once your place on the course has been confirmed.

Oral Surgery I Practical Techniques

Module Information

By the end of this module delegates should be able to:

  • Describe and perform local anaesthetic nerve blocks in the dog and cat
  • Assess periodontal health via radiography, probing and charting
  • Demonstrate thorough periodontal therapy using scaling, closed sub-gingival debridement and polishing techniques
  • Perform atraumatic tooth extractions using closed and open surgical techniques
  • Repair cleft palate defects and oronasal fistulae

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Available*29 May 2020 (9:00-16:30) Swindon Rachel Perry
Fully Booked12 Jun 2020 (9:00-16:30) Swindon Rachel Perry
* Dates available on first come first served basis. Please note we advise all delegates not to book time off work / make travel arrangements until their dates have been confirmed with the Programme tutor. This will only happen once your place on the course has been confirmed.

Oncology

Module Information

By the end of this module delegates should be able to:

  • Explain the spectrum of oral masses including inflammatory, hyperplastic, cystic, benign neoplastic and malignant, using current terminology
  • Describe the clinical and radiographic appearance of odontogenic tumours in the dog and cat
  • Define the commonly encountered non-odontogenic tumours of the dog and cat, describe clinical and radiographic appearances, and evaluate treatment options
  • Discuss with clients more advanced oral surgical techniques such as unilateral and bilateral rostral mandibulectomy and rostral maxillectomy

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Available*1 Oct 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Owen Davies
* Dates available on first come first served basis. Please note we advise all delegates not to book time off work / make travel arrangements until their dates have been confirmed with the Programme tutor. This will only happen once your place on the course has been confirmed.

Exotic Animal Dentistry

Module Information

By the end of this module, delegates should be able to:

  • Recognise normal dental and oral anatomy in rabbits and guinea pigs
  • Identify the factors which adversely affect dental and oral health in these species
  • Evaluate the treatment options for overgrown incisors, molars and traumatic injuries to teeth
  • Discuss treatment options for abscesses and caries
  • Provide advice on the prevention of dental disease in these species and ethical considerations for the treatment of advanced disease in these species

This module includes a practical session

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Available*17 Sep 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Richard A. Saunders
Fully Booked2 Oct 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Richard A. Saunders
* Dates available on first come first served basis. Please note we advise all delegates not to book time off work / make travel arrangements until their dates have been confirmed with the Programme tutor. This will only happen once your place on the course has been confirmed.

Advanced Veterinary Dental Techniques I

Module Information

By the end of these modules, delegates should be able to:

  • Describe the pathophysiology of the pulp-dentine complex and its response to trauma
  • Identify disorders which may be referred for endodontic therapies (root canal therapy, vital pulp therapy)
  • Appreciate the steps involved in performing root canal therapy and vital pulp therapy, and discuss success rates and complications
  • Explain the classes of malocclusion seen in the dog and cat, and summarise the treatment options
  • Consider the ethical considerations of performing orthodontic treatments
  • Discuss the basic principles and techniques of orthodontic tooth movement
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the indications for and process of performing crown therapy (prosthodontics) in the dog and cat
  • Summarise restorative techniques, materials and indications

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Available*26 Nov 2020 (9:30-17:00) Swindon Rachel Perry
* Dates available on first come first served basis. Please note we advise all delegates not to book time off work / make travel arrangements until their dates have been confirmed with the Programme tutor. This will only happen once your place on the course has been confirmed.

Advanced Veterinary Dental Techniques II

Module Information

This is the second of two days allocated to advanced veterinary dental techniques. Full learning objectives can be found under Module 12.

Status

When

Where

Speaker

Available*27 Nov 2020 (9:00-16:30) Swindon Rachel Perry
* Dates available on first come first served basis. Please note we advise all delegates not to book time off work / make travel arrangements until their dates have been confirmed with the Programme tutor. This will only happen once your place on the course has been confirmed.

Dentistry and Oral Surgery Pricing

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What do our customers think of our training?

Raymond Fitzpatrick is a self-employed locum studying for our PgC in Small Animal Surgery (SAS) between 2018 and 2020.  He shares his experience so far: Embarking on Improve’s two-year Small Animal Surgery programme was my second attempt at earning a PgC in surgery. I’d previously enrolled on a one-year programme with another provider but, unfortunately, it didn’t deliver what I was hoping for, especially as it was mostly self-study. I also found the lack of learning support frustrating. I […] Read more... Raymond Fitzpatrick

Once I’d settled into a routine, I relished the new knowledge I was absorbing, as well as the practical surgery skills I was learning. The tutors were excellent and worked hard to provide a balance between the theory in lectures and developing our practical skills in the excellent practical sessions.  By the end of every module, I was confident and felt that my knowledge had increased.  Improve’s online virtual learning environment, Moodle, was very useful because of the range of tools it offers to support the learning process.  I used it to discuss topics with my fellow delegates and tutors; to receive feedback on case reports and to stay up to date with reading resources and advice from tutors. Read more... Andreas Manousoudakis

DVM MRCVS

The theory backed up by the amazing practical sessions really consolidate your knowledge base, read the notes, the textbook, watch the DVD and go ahead and book in the perineal hernia repair or the salivary gland removal instead of referring it on to someone else’s practice. I now eagerly anticipate the next surgery case walking […] Read more... Marni Miller

BVetMed GPCert(SAS) MRCVS

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