WSAVT Dental Boot Camp

WSAVT Dental Boot Camp

August 4, 2018 Saturday, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM


Receive up to 14 hours of dentistry focused CE by Boarded Veterinary Dental Specialists and Veterinary Technicians Specialist in Dentistry.


August 4th, 2018 Lectures 8am-5pm

August 5th, 2018 Wet-lab 9am-4pm


Clearwater Resort and Casino 15347 NE Suquamish Way Suquamish, WA 98392


Dental Lectures

Saturday August 4th, 2018

7:00-8:00 am:  Check in

Oral and Tooth Anatomy by Dr. Randi Brannan: Knowledge of basic canine and feline anatomy is critical for effective client communication. This is as simple as knowing the number of teeth in each species, recognizing a normal occlusion, understanding tooth development and how it relates to the intraoral x-ray.


Client Communication by Dr. Randi Brannan: Communicate the importance of oral health to your clients through the dental team - the doctor, technician and CCR. Use words that resonant with your clients. Bring them into the fold by promoting home care and providing progress exams.


Canine Pathology and Radiography by Dr. Diane Carle: Learn to recognize and treat common oral pathology in the dog. Topics will include interpretation of canine intraoral radiographs, inflammatory diseases, endodontic disease, periodontal disease, neoplasia and developmental disorders.


LUNCH (provided onsite)


Professional Care by Dr. Randi Brannan: Components of the dental CORE provided by the Dental Team include analgesia, monitoring, dental operatory set up, instrumentation, procedure efficiency, dental radiographs, scale, polish and more.


Feline Pathology and Radiography by Dr. Diane Carle: Learn to recognize and treat common oral pathology in the cat. Topics will include interpretation of feline intraoral radiographs, inflammatory diseases, endodontic disease, periodontal disease, neoplasia and developmental disorders.


Periodontal Therapy by Dr. Randi Brannan: Learn to recognize necessary treatment beyond scaling and polishing. Minimize extractions by treating attachment loss with root planing +/- perioceutics, and bone replacement.


Panel Discussion “Hot Topics in Veterinary Dentistry” moderated by Dr. Randi Brannan, Dr. Diane Carle, Benita Altier, Candice Hoerner with proposed topics of:  Veterinary technicians and extractions, Anesthesia Free Dentistry, Client’s fear of anesthesia and cost, Staffing considerations for dental procedures, Scheduling dental procedures appropriately. Questions from the audience.


Dental Wet-Lab

Sunday August 5th, 2018

9:00 am-4:00 pm

8:00-9:00 am: Check-in

Noon to 1 pm: Lunch provided onsite

Oral Surgery and Pain Management Dental Wet-Lab 

(DVM Only-Limit 16)

Dr. Randi Brannan, Dipl. AVDC, FAVD & Dr. Diane Carle, Dipl. AVDC


 Participants will learn to perform: 

Nerve blocks: We will practice local nerve blocks on dog and cat cadavers emphasizing two of the most useful regional blocks: Infraorbital nerve for the maxilla and Inferior Alveolar nerve for the mandible.

Select and use basic oral surgical instruments.

Surgical extractions: Approach to surgical extractions using video demonstration and hands on practice for each participant with a dog and cat cadaver head. We will practice periodontal flaps, extraction techniques for strategic teeth and root retrieval.

Dental x-ray will be available for troubleshooting.


Veterinary Technicians, DVM, Veterinary Assistants:  

(Limit 20)

Benita Altier LVT, VTS (Dentistry) Candice Hoerner RVT, VTS (Dentistry)


Full mouth dental radiographs made easy: This three hour session will cover positioning for full mouth dental radiographs on both the dog and cat. Practice to correct positioning errors will be done to ensure diagnostic images are obtained. An emphasis on simplified techniques and efficiency of work flow will be encouraged.


Efficiency and Use of Dental Equipment and Instruments:This three hour session will orient the technician to how to use and maintain both power and hand instruments as well as to hold and use hand instruments for basic root planing procedures and subgingival cleaning. Sharpening of curettes, scalers and elevators will be taught. Common regional dental anesthetic blocks will be taught and practiced.

Clear Water Resort and Casino
15347 NE Suquamish Way
Suquamish, WA 98392