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Continuing Education, Featured, Winter 2020, Dentistry

Multimodal Analgesia for Periodontal Therapy

Tasha McNerney BS, CVT, CVPP, VTS (Anesthesia)

Tasha became a VTS in anesthesia in 2015 and is a certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner who works closely with the IVAPM to educate the public about animal pain awareness. She loves to lecture on various anesthesia and pain management topics around the globe. In her spare time, Tasha enjoys reading and spending time with her son.

Kara M. Burns MS, MEd, LVT, VTS (Nutrition), VTS-H (Internal Medicine, Dentistry), Editor in Chief

Kara Burns is an LVT with master’s degrees in physiology and counseling psychology. She began her career in human medicine working as an emergency psychologist and a poison specialist for humans and animals. Kara is the founder and president of the Academy of Veterinary Nutrition Technicians and has attained her VTS (Nutrition). She is the editor in chief of Today’s Veterinary Nurse. She also works as an independent nutritional consultant, and is the immediate past president of NAVTA. She has authored many articles, textbooks, and textbook chapters and is an internationally invited speaker, focusing on topics of nutrition, leadership, and technician utilization.

Treatment of periodontal disease in all veterinary patients is prudent, and the use of analgesia, including general anesthesia, is essential to the comprehensive treatment plan.

Winter 2020, Dentistry

Dentistry Education for Patients and Practices

Mary L. Berg BS, RVT, RLATG, VTS (Dentistry)

Mary received her B.S. in Biology/Microbiology from South Dakota State University, A.S. in Laboratory Animal Science, and A.S. in Veterinary Technology from St. Petersburg College. She is a Charter member of the Academy of Veterinary Dental Technicians and received her VTS in Dentistry in June 2006. She serves as treasurer of the AVDT, president-elect of the KVTA, and Chair of the District Representative Committee for NAVTA. Mary has been published in various professional publications, and is a speaker/lab instructor at international, national, and state conferences. Mary and her husband have 2 sons and 3 grandchildren and live on a small farm near Lawrence, KS.

Oral disease is one of the most prevalent diseases in dogs and cats, yet 80% of companion animals do not receive dental care at the veterinary hospital. Read more on how to incorporate dental care inside and out of the hospital.

Winter 2019, Dentistry

Impacted Maxillary Canine Tooth in a Persian Cat

Jessica Johnston CVT, VTS (Dentistry), BluePearl Veterinary Hospital, Blaine, MN

Jessica Johnston, CVT, VTS (Dentistry), is a native Minnesotan who became a Certified Veterinary Technician in 2008. After 6 years in a high-volume corporate practice, Jessica switched gears to specialty care in Minnesota’s BluePearl hospitals.

One of the few CVTs to earn her Veterinary Technician Specialty (VTS) in dentistry, Jessica found her passion in dentistry/surgery and is busy making the world a better place—one clean, pain-free mouth at a time.

In her free time, Jessica enjoys her pet family, Darla, a French bulldog, and Lady, a Lab mix, in the great outdoors. She also loves taking risks and getting her adrenaline flowing!

Case reviewed by: Donnell Hansen DVM, DAVDC

Dental radiography is recommended whenever examination of the oral cavity reveals missing teeth and extraction is preferred to avoid cyst development and subsequent bone/tissue destruction. The author takes you through this case step-by-step.

Fall 2018, Dentistry

Participatory Ergonomics Solutions for Veterinary Dentistry

Benita Altier LVT, VTS (Dentistry)

Benita Altier is a Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT) and Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS) in Dentistry. She has worked in the profession since 1988 in both general small animal practices and at an equine and llama neonatal referral hospital. Through her business, Pawsitive Dental Education, she has been bringing professional dental instruction to veterinary hospitals and conferences across the US and Canada since 2008. Benita enjoys motivating and encouraging other veterinary professionals to do their very best and learn something new every day. Advocating for the oral health of pets and prevention of oral pain in animals is her passion. She currently resides in the state of Washington.

There are many levels of concern regarding ergonomics and veterinary dentistry. Successful participatory ergonomics programs have shown that changes to the organization, practices, and design of the working environment combine to result in significant improvements.

Summer 2018, Dentistry

Ergonomics for Veterinary Dentistry Professionals and Patients

Benita Altier LVT, VTS (Dentistry)

Benita Altier is a Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT) and Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS) in Dentistry. She has worked in the profession since 1988 in both general small animal practices and at an equine and llama neonatal referral hospital. Through her business, Pawsitive Dental Education, she has been bringing professional dental instruction to veterinary hospitals and conferences across the US and Canada since 2008. Benita enjoys motivating and encouraging other veterinary professionals to do their very best and learn something new every day. Advocating for the oral health of pets and prevention of oral pain in animals is her passion. She currently resides in the state of Washington.

What is ergonomics and how does it relate to the practice of professional veterinary dentistry? The AVMA’s Ergonomics Task Force identified risk factors associated with common work-related musculoskeletal disorders.

Rabbit Dentistry
July/Aug 2017, Dentistry , Small Animal/Exotic Medicine

Rabbit Dentistry

Sarah Kolb BAS, RVT, VTS (Exotic Companion Animals), ISU Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center, Ames, IA

Sarah earned a Bachelor of Applied Science in Veterinary Nursing from St. Petersburg College and the Veterinary Technician Specialty (Exotic Companion Animals). She currently works at ISU Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center in Ames, Iowa. She is a member of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America and International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. Sarah has written numerous articles and lectured extensively on exotic animal topics. She has fostered birds for the Des Moines Animal Rescue League since 2014. Her interests include avian anatomy, physiology, behavior and enrichment; wildlife rehabilitation; and anesthesia.

This article provides an overview of rabbit dentistry. Topics discussed include anatomy and physiology of the oral cavity; causes, clinical signs, and treatment of dental disease; diagnostic modalities; and prevention of dental disease.

Ferret Dentistry: No Weaseling About It!
Jan/Feb 2017, Dentistry , Small Animal/Exotic Medicine

Ferret Dentistry: No Weaseling About It!

Janyce Cooper LVT, VTS (Dentistry) | Pet Care Veterinary Hospital | Virginia Beach, Virginia

Janyce is a 2003 graduate of the veterinary technology program at Blue Ridge Community College. Her professional interest in animal dentistry began in early 2004, when she began working at Pet Care Veterinary Hospital in Virginia Beach. Her fascination with exotics mixed well with her passion to educate and improve the dental health of clients’ pets. Promoting quality dental care became her ambition, and as a result she has brought a higher standard of care to Pet Care Veterinary Hospital. In 2013, Janyce obtained her veterinary technician specialty in dentistry.

As with cats and dogs, periodontal disease in ferrets may go unnoticed by owners; therefore, many ferrets end up silently suffering from oral pain. Although it may be a challenging task, all ferrets need an annual oral examination, and ferret owners need education on oral care for their pet.

When Extraction Is Not an Option
May/June 2016, Dentistry

When Extraction Is Not an Option

Jeanne R. Perrone CVT, VTS (Dentistry)

Jeanne earned her associate in applied science degree in veterinary technology from Parkland College in Champaign, Illinois. From 2006 to 2015, she worked as a dentistry technician at Tampa Bay Veterinary Specialists in Largo, Florida, and The Pet Dentist of Tampa Bay in Wesley Chapel, Florida. She is currently self-employed as a consultant, trainer, and educator for technicians in veterinary dentistry. In addition, she is an adjunct instructor for the BAS VT program in dentistry at St. Petersburg College and an online instructor of dentistry courses at VetMedTeam.com.

A founding member and former president of the Academy of Veterinary Dental Technicians, Jeanne is also the editor of Small Animal Dental Procedures for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses.

Treatment of periodontal disease typically involves tooth extraction. However, in some circumstances, the client may wish to avoid extraction. Learn about some of the alternative periodontal therapies.

Pain Management for Dental Patients
March/April 2016, Dentistry , Pain Management

Pain Management for Veterinary Dental Patients

Annie Mills LVT, VTS (Dentistry) | Atlanta Veterinary Dentistry and Oral Surgery | Orlando Veterinary Dentistry | Florida Veterinary Dentistry

Annie is a 1983 graduate of Macomb Community College in Macomb, Michigan. She currently serves on the board of the Academy of Veterinary Dental Technicians as President.

Annie has published several articles in professional journals and is coauthor of a textbook, Small Animal Dental Procedures for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses. She has also presented dentistry lectures and wet labs at national conferences and has worked with many teams to organize, create, and teach comprehensive dental programs.

Currently, Annie is working with Brett Beckman, DVM, FAVD, DAVDC, DAAPM, in a mobile dental referral practice. “Nothing gives me more satisfaction than to see the enthusiasm of other technicians engaged in learning something new and being able to implement it within their own hospitals. As technicians, we are driven to provide the best care for our patients. Learning a new skill to achieve that is a wonderful thing.”

Pain management is also a critical component of a comprehensive dental service. This article gives an overview of the physiology of pain, offers a discussion of a variety of analgesic agents, and provides information to help create an effective pain management protocol for dental patients.

Jan/Feb 2016, Dentistry

Increasing Clients’—and Your Own—Dental Awareness: From the Exam Room to the Dental Suite

Patricia M. Dominguez BS, LVT, VTS (Dentistry) | Gotham Veterinary Center | New York, NY

Patricia received her bachelor’s degree in biology and Spanish literature from Syracuse University in 1999 and was subsequently licensed in veterinary technology at SUNY Delhi. In 2003, she became the primary dental technician at Shaker Veterinary Hospital in Albany, New York, which, through improvements to its dental program and extensive client and community education, earned the Hill’s National Pet Dental Health Month Award 2 years in a row. One of the first to become a credentialed veterinary dental technician specialist through the Academy of Veterinary Dental Technicians, Patricia is the president elect of the academy and an adjunct professor at Westchester Community College.

Congratulations! You have decided to improve the dental services your practice offers to pet owners by becoming an advocate for pets’ oral health.

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