Veterinary Dental Education and Training

DaCross Services provides a wide range of education and training in veterinary dentistry, from the most basic to specialist level, with several formats to choose from:

For more information,please see below.

Informal in-house training in veterinary dentistry

We offer flexible in-practice veterinary dental training sessions for veterinary surgeons, nurses and lay staff, including the option of practical sessions for clinical staff.

The recommended format for in-practice training is for small groups of the staff involved in dentistry to participate in:

  • Discussion of the practice's dental instruments and equipment, its use and maintenance.
  • A practical demonstration of diagnosis and treatment.
  • Diagnosis and treatment of one or more patients by the practice staff under supervision.

The format and content of these training sessions is adapted to suite the range of training and experience of those involved and the equipment available within the practice. Half day introductory sessions are a good start with more advanced sessions at a later date as, obviously, it is not possible to teach what it takes a dentist 4-5 years to learn in a few hours.

To be able to perform dentistry to a high standard, it is necessary to have suitable, modern instruments and equipment is available. Please see the equipment list below for some basic suggestions.

For more information please contact us.

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Practical trainingFormal presentations and practical training sessions

David Crossley and his associates regularly contribute to conferences, congresses and scientific meetings. They may also be available to present lectures on their areas of special interest and related topics at other venues.

For more information please contact us.

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Veterinary dentistry seminars

Dr. Crossley occasionally runs interactive seminars, intended for veterinary dental trainees, but these are often open to other participants. These are intended for small groups (5 to 10) of interested veterinary surgeons. Participants in these seminars are each expected to make a contribution such as giving a short lecture or presentating a case report for discussion.

For more information please contact us.

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EVDC trainee supervision

Those undertaking approved specialist training programmes have to spend time observing and working with College Diplomates. In the past, David Crossley was able to offer a limited number of short term placements to those with approved EVDC training programmes, allowing them the opportunity to gain supervised experience and training working in the field of veterinary dentistry and orofacial surgery. Trainees would have to arrange and pay for their own travel, food and accommodation, plus any expenses incurred relating to their training.

Unfortunately, the main practices through which David works have changed management and nolonger have facilities suitable for training, so David can not now offer trainee placements.

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Basic equipment required to perform routine dental procedures

  • IM3Standard gaseous anaesthesia and monitoring equipment
  • CR7Instrument sterilisation facilities
  • A dental x-ray unit and image processing facilities
  • Sets of:
    • Delicate surgical instruments
    • Sharp dental elevators in a range of sizes
    • Sharp dental luxators in a range of sizes
    • Fine periosteal elevators
    • Hand scalers and curettes (eg. McCall 13/14 + Columbia 13/14)
    • Dental explorers, periodontal probes and mirrors
  • A sonic or ultrasonic dental scaler
  • A low speed dental unit (electric micromotor or air motor) with:
    • A straight handpiece and HP burs
    • A reducing gear handpiece for polishing
    • A contra-angle handpiece and burs (RA or FG as appropriate)
  • A high speed turbine handpiece and FG burs (permits fast tooth sectioning, but not essential)
This page was last updated on 14 November, 2017