Tired of large class sizes at conferences and ready to get serious about the dentistry you offer at your clinic? We are your answer! Our wetlabs consist of no more than 4 attendees per instructor and allow you to use state of the art equipment that is fitted to you during your experience. ALL the courses PDU offers are beneficial for veterinarians. Our VTS’s are packed full of information and have tailored the classes to be valuable for all positions. Check out the calendar and contact us for course descriptions and registration fees.

Canine and Feline Oral Surgery Courses for Veterinarians

Instructor: Wade Gingerich, DVM, DAVDC


The oral surgery courses offered by PDU are unique training opportunities. Each lab will be limited to 4 students so that there is adequate contact time between the instructor and student. Each student will have access to his or her own surgical table, saddle stool and surgical loupes to promote comfort and proper ergonomics. Our goal is to show each student how the proper equipment and ergonomics, in addition to learning surgical techniques, provides a superior learning experience and leads to increased skills in oral surgery.


Fundamentals of Oral Surgery ($500)

This 6-hour lecture and hands-on course will start with 3 hours of lecture covering equipment, instruments, materials, anatomy and the fundamentals of dental extractions and oral surgery. The second part of this lab will be hands-on instruction of extractions on canine and feline cadavers. The focus will be on proper ergonomics, instrumentation and techniques of oral surgery.


Advanced Canine and Feline Dental Extractions ($650)

This course will be hands-on for all 6 hours and will include instruction of multiple types of dental extractions in both cats and dogs. The focus will be on flap design and bone removal for specific teeth with consideration to the maxillofacial anatomy of both dogs and cats.


Veterinary Dentistry Courses for Veterinarians & Technicians

Instructor: Denise Rollings CVT, VTS (Dentistry)


The veterinary dentistry courses offered by PDU are designed to provide veterinarians and technicians with knowledge and skills that will improve their level of dental services offered. These courses are limited to 8 attendees each so that adequate contact time between the instructor and student is maintained.


Dentistry 101 ($200)

This 4-hour lecture and 4-hour wetlab will start with four hours of lecture covering:

  • The Basics of Oral Anatomy
  • Dental Abnormalities
  • Dental Radiography Positioning & Techniques
  • Dental Cleaning, Probing & Charting

The second part of this lab will be hands-on instruction on canine and feline cadavers. The focus will be on cleaning, probing, charting, and learning the most effective ways to obtain intraoral full mouth radiographs.


Dental Radiology Positioning & Techniques ($150)

This course starts with a 2-hour lecture discussing radiology equipment, safety, terminology, normal and abnormal anatomy, basic pathology, and labial mounting of films.

Following the lecture there will be a-2 hour wetlab with hands on training of radiology positioning. Learn how to obtain a diagnostic intraoral radiograph using the latest state of the art equipment taught by one of the most highly trained veterinary technicians in in the country. This lab is the most effective way to learn intraoral dental radiography because it imitates real-life patients without the stress of anesthesia.


Everyday Anesthesia Workshop ($125)

Presented by Jennifer Dupre-Welsh, CVT, VTS (Anesthesia & Analgesia), CVPP

  • 4 hours of CE upon completion
  • 8 spaces available
  • Attendance fee required to reserve your place


For details regarding these courses, please email us at or call 239-888-6761.

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Commonly Asked Questions

Does My Pet Need A Dental Cleaning?

Dental cleanings should be recommended based on each individual pet’s level of plaque and calculus build up and gingivitis. For some pets, cleanings may be necessary every 6 months, for others it could be every couple of years. More importantly, pets need to have routine oral evaluations with dental probing and full mouth dental radiographs no less than every 2 years and in some pets every 6 months. This includes pets who may have minimal plaque, calculus or gingivitis. It must be understood that clean teeth are not always healthy and therefore could be causing you pet pain or discomfort.

My Dog Has Bad Breath.

Bad breath is the number one symptom of advanced dental disease in pets. In most cases, bad breath in pets originates from disease causing bacteria. When pathogenic bacteria begin to flourish in the mouth, bad breath develops. It is important to have your pet’s oral health fully assessed with thorough oral examination and dental radiographs as soon as bad breath is noticed to prevent severe infections and tooth loss. These bacteria can also negatively affect other parts of the body and contribute to cardiac or renal disease.

My Pet Has Increased Risks For Anesthesia, How Can They Get The Dental Care They Need?

It is not fair to make a pet live with chronic dental pain and infection because they are considered an increased risk for anesthesia. At Pet Dental Center, we specialize in providing high level anesthesia care for geriatric pets and those with increased risks such as heart, kidney, liver, neurologic, diabetes and Cushing’s diseases. Because of our reputation for providing the highest level of anesthesia care possible, we average treating one high risk patient each day. Trust your pet with the ones who perform the most anesthesia procedures in high risk patients, Pet Dental Center.

Is It Normal For My Pet’s Teeth To Fall Out?

Baby or deciduous teeth are supposed to fall out when dogs and cats are teething, between 3 and 7 months of age. Adult or permanent teeth are present for the life of a dog and cat as long as they are healthy. If your pet is losing adult teeth there is severe dental disease. Advanced periodontal disease is the most likely cause for a pet losing teeth although dental fractures and tooth resorption are other likely causes.

What Kind Of Chews Are Good For My Pet’s Teeth?

Brushing your pet’s teeth is the best way to prevent dental disease at home and should be performed daily. When your pet does not accept brushing or for supplemental dental care in those pets who are getting their teeth brushed, dental chews can be a good choice. We recommend using dental chews that have the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC) seal of approval. This verifies that the product has been tested in clinical trials and was shown to significantly reduce plaque or calculus. We also recommend slowly introducing dental chews by offering a reduced amount of the chew and observing your pet while chewing. This is to make sure he or she does not swallow a large portion of the chew that could lead to choking or digestive complications. Hard chew objects such as bones, hooves, antlers, thick rawhide products and plastic toys often lead to dental fractures and should always be avoided.