Dentistry (Apr 2022)

(2 customer reviews)


6 week course (15 hours CPD), starting 11th April 2022 – confirmed running.



This course is confirmed as running.


Week 1

Aetiology and Pathogenesis

  • Anatomy of the head
  • Tooth and periodontal anatomy, and oral soft tissues
  • Oral nomenclature
  • Tooth types, nomenclature and formulae
  • Eruption times
  • Occlusion

Learning objectives
After completion of this week, participants should be able to:

  • Identify tooth and periodontal structures
  • Explain the Modified Triadan System of numbering teeth in the dog and cat
  • Recognise normal occlusion


Week 2


  • Aetiology and pathogenesis of dental disease
    • Gingivitis
    • Periodontitis
    • Gingivostomatitis
  • Periodontal therapy
    • Scaling and polishing
    • Pocket control and therapy
    • Medications, homecare (brief), dental clinics (brief)

Learning objectives
After completion of this week, participants should be able to:

  • Describe how gingivitis develops and its progression to periodontal disease
  • Explain what gingivostomatitis is
  • Outline the process of safe ultrasonic tooth scaling and its purpose


Week 3

Oral Pathology and Treatment

  • Trauma and treatment options
    • Tooth fracture / discolouration / (sub) luxation
  • Dental diseases and treatment options
    • Tooth resorption / caries / periodontal disease
  • Malocclusion and treatment options
    • Traumatic / dental / skeletal malocclusions
  • Other conditions and treatment options
    • Enamel defects / dentigerous cysts / persistent deciduous / root dilacerations and abnormal morphology / tumours

Learning objectives
After completion of this week, participants should be able to:

  • Identify common pathologies associated with the teeth and oral cavity
  • Describe some potential treatment options for common pathologies


Week 4

Oral Examination and Charting

  • History taking and clinical examination – conscious oral examination
  • Pre-operative tests
  • Assessment under general anaesthesia – including anaesthesia induction, intubation, oral preparation, probing
  • Charting – what to fill in, disease scoring and making your chart work
  • Imaging and other investigations
    • Radiography – parallel and bisecting angle techniques
    • Biopsy

Learning objectives
After completion of this week, participants should be able to:

  • Confidently undertake a thorough conscious examination of a patient’s teeth
    and oral cavity
  • Set up for and assist with assessment of the teeth and oral cavity in an
    anaesthetised patient
  • Accurately complete a dental chart which documents all pathology discovered
    upon examination


Week 5

Instrumentation and Dental Surgery

  • Instruments – use, care and maintenance
  • Dental machine and other powered equipment – use, care and maintenance
  • Ancillary equipment – use, care and maintenance
  • Preparation for and veterinary nursing assistance with surgery
    • Pre-, intra- and post-operatively, including analgesia
  • The role of intraoperative radiography

Learning objectives
After completion of this week, participants should be able to:

  • Differentiate between different instruments used for dental and oral procedures, and state what they are used for
  • Describe the proper use, care and maintenance of a range of dental instruments and equipment
  • Explain the benefits of oral radiography in veterinary patients and outline the basic, fundamental principles of the parallel and bisecting angle techniques


Week 6

Dental Clinics, Products and Homecare

  • What is an effective dental clinic
  • Types of patients attending dental clinics
  • Resources for dental clinic consultations
  • Products and interventions available to help with maintaining oral health
  • Oral homecare regimes
  • Effective dissemination of theoretical and practical oral hygiene advice
  • Client concordance and follow-up

Learning objectives
After completion of this week, participants should be able to:

  • Debate what makes a dental clinic effective
  • Explain the range of resources required to run an effective dental clinic, and the purpose of these resources
  • Describe how a range of products and interventions used to maintain optimal oral health work
  • Outline how to achieve and maintain client compliance with recommended
    oral homecare regimes


The course will be fully tutored by Claire Bloor and will consist of 15 hours of CPD given in various formats, including tutorials, tasks, case scenarios, forum discussions and quizzes.


2 reviews for Dentistry (Apr 2022)

  1. Holly Berresford

    i really enjoyed this course!! the way it is modulated and the information is spread out over a few weeks helps focus your learning and put in to play the different aspects each week. The homework is not overwhelming at all! and again it helps put your knowledge into practice. The dental charting i found the hardest, but practice makes perfect 🙂
    The tutorials are done at a nice pace, easy to follow and very visual which i liked. p.s some questions will be from what claire has SAID rather than what’s on the slide so pay attention 😉

  2. Lucy Goddard

    This course was very useful for expanding my knowledge in dentistry and has given me ideas to suggest for my practice in the future

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Claire Bloor

MA Ed, BSc (Hons) VN, PGCE, QTLS, CertVN (Dent), RVN


Claire qualified as a Veterinary Nurse in 2003, when she graduated with a First Class Honours Degree in Veterinary Nursing from Myerscough College, and The University of Central Lancashire.  She worked at Hillcrest Animal Hospital in Chorley until the end of 2005 and completed the BVNA Veterinary Nurse Certificate in Dentistry in 2004. Claire then began part-time work at Petmedics Veterinary Surgeons in Manchester with a referral dental veterinary surgeon and part-time veterinary nursing and animal care teaching at Myerscough College.


In 2006 she accepted the full-time post of Veterinary Nursing Lecturer at Myerscough College and completed her PCGE in 2007, Masters Degree in Education in 2011, and QTLS teaching qualification in 2012. She also enrolled on a Professional Doctorate in Education in 2012.


Claire teaches to all levels of student VN, from the Further Education Level 3 Diploma, to the FdSc Veterinary Nursing, the HE Diploma in Clinical Veterinary Nursing/RCVS Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing course and BSc (Hons) top-up degrees. Her main teaching however is now focused on the Higher Education Veterinary Nursing courses and she is the HE Assistant Head of School for Veterinary Nursing and Farriery at Myerscough College.


“Claire is an engaging speaker”

“Brilliant speaker, fantastic course notes”

“Clearly spoken, easy to understand and down to earth”

“Claire is a brilliant speaker, and kept the course interesting and funny”


This online course is worth 15 hours of CPD.


A certificate will be available from the ‘My Courses’ section, for you to download and print, once you have completed the course.  A permanent record of your total CPD hours will also be recorded in your account section.


Upon purchase you will be registered to attend the course, for 6 weeks from the start date.  The course will consist of various interactive tasks and lessons, including quizzes, case studies, forum discussions and further reading material.The course is fully tutored, with new material will be provided weekly, but the onus will be on the individual delegate to ensure that all tasks are fully complete.  The certificate will only be issued at the end of the course when all tasks have been accomplished.  Fewer CPD hours will be awarded at the the end of the course if there are unfinished tasks or there has been no contribution to the discussion forum, for example.


The course is fully flexible, and there are no weekly ‘deadlines’ – the lessons and tasks may be completed whenever is convenient for each delegate, and any live lessons with be recorded and made available in that format.   Furthermore, all the course material (excluding the interactive discussion forum) will be available for a further 2 weeks, to allow delegates the opportunity to catch up on missed lessons and tasks, or to take the opportunity to delve further into the suggested reading texts.  Please note however, that the course will not be tutored by the speaker during these final two weeks.


After 8 weeks, the course will be complete and there will be no further opportunity to gain the certificate or CPD hours, however, you will have unlimited lifetime access to the tutorials, further reading and quizzes for future reference.  If you make any personal notes during the course using the ‘take notes’ app, these will be saved, along with your certificate and CPD record for permanent access in ‘My CPD’.


For some further information about our Online Tutored CPD courses – please read our PDF guide to Online Tutored CPD