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ISFM Advanced Feline Dentistry for Veterinary Nurses


Online Distance Education


Non-members: £199 (+VAT)
ISFM members: £199 (+VAT)


Course details:

  • Course cost: £199 (+vat)
  • 9 hours CPD
  • Work at your own pace
  • Available to access immediately upon payment
  • Access for 90 days from date of registration
  • Payment online by card only
  • Payment by invoice not available


Designed for Veterinary Nurses and Technicians, this course consists of 6 modules with the following learning objectives:

  • The Oral Examination
    • Explain feline dental anatomy and terminology.
    • Describe the correct steps and techniques for carrying out a conscious examination of the mouth.
    • Describe how to carry out a dental examination under anaesthesia.
    • Identify dental instruments and explain their uses.
    • Evaluate gingival indexing, periodontal probing, gingival recession, furcation involvement and tooth mobility.
    • Complete a dental record chart.
  • Dental Radiography
    • Explain the importance of dental radiography and its applications.
    • Describe how intra-oral films work and how to use them.
    • Implement different intra-oral radiography techniques and explain the application and limitations of each method.
    • Identify dental conditions which require radiographic investigation.
    • Detect abnormalities on dental radiographs.
  • Periodontal Disease
    • Explain the aetiology of periodontal disease.
    • Describe the formation of plaque and calculus and its interaction with periodontal disease.
    • Explain the difference between professional periodontal therapy and maintenance of oral hygiene and what each of these involves.
    • Describe how to perform scaling and polishing correctly including the step by step process and use of dental tools.
  • Other Feline Dental Conditions
    • Explain the aetiology and pathogenesis of feline tooth resorption.
    • Recognise and identify tooth resorptive lesions during both an oral examination and on radiography.
    • Describe the correct treatment for affected teeth.
    • Classify tooth fractures and identify if pulp exposure is present or not.
    • Explain the aetiology and pathogenesis of feline chronic gingivostomatitis and the treatment options.
  • Peri-operative Care
    • Explain the importance of pre-anaesthetic procedures (history taking, examination, bloods etc.) and be able to use these clinical findings to adapt the treatment plan.
    • Explain the specific anaesthetic considerations for cats undergoing dental procedures under general anaesthesia and prepare for/manage these.
    • Identify post-operative complications and implement pre-emptive techniques wherever possible.
    • Explain post-operative home care requirements to the client.
    • Describe the different types of equipment used in dental procedures, including how to use and care for them.
  • Home Care and Dental Clinics
    • Describe the different types of home care and explain the indications and limitations of each.
    • Explain how to effectively brush a cat’s teeth.
    • Explain how dental home care products work.
    • Advise a client on the most suitable home care method for their individual cat and situation.
    • Explain the importance of post-op dental checks and dental clinics, and be able to identify other opportunities to evaluate and discuss oral care during clinic visits.

The course has been written by veterinary dental experts Lisa Milella BVSc Dipl. EVDC MRCVS and Claire Harrison BSc (Hons) RVN VTS (Dentistry) and is delivered via the online learning platform ‘Brightspace’.

You will work through the modules at your own pace. At the end of each module, there is a short assessment which you need to pass to move on to the next module.

Students have 90 days from registration to complete the course, and on successful completion will receive a downloadable certificate.

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