Vets and VNs who missed out on the popular BVDA “Improving Periodontal Health” lecture tour last year can attend a further six sessions this autumn.

Vets and VNs who missed out on the popular BVDA “Improving Periodontal Health” lecture tour last year can attend a further six sessions this autumn.

Speakers include Norman Johnston, former president of the European Veterinary Dental College, John Robinson, dentist to the veterinary profession, and Lisa Milella, president of the BVDA. This year’s events will feature resorptive lesions, fractured teeth and dental radiography, with greater emphasis on feline oral care.

According to Lisa Milella, the 2010 lecture series helped alert vets and VNs to the importance of oral health, benefitting both pet and practice. “It takes five years at veterinary school to qualify, yet only three or four days are devoted to dentistry, so it’s no surprise that many vets and VNs enter the profession with only a basic understanding of oral health.

She said: “We know four out of five dogs above the age of three show signs of periodontal disease, but unfortunately many go untreated. This is mainly because the problems that this can lead to are not fully understood.

“These seminars will not only help delegates to recognise early signs of oral disease but also offer practical guidance on how practices can educate pet owners in the importance of oral care.”.

The six UK events are: Cardiff on September 14, Glasgow on Sept 16, Sevenoaks on September 28, Manchester on October 19, Darlington on October 26 and Birmingham on October 28. The evening seminars, which are open to vets and nurses, contribute two hours’ CPD and cost £35 per person and £25 for each subsequent delegate.

A special group rate of £100 is available to practices wishing to send a group of four. To reserve a place, telephone the BVDA lecture tour reservation line centre on 01664 415503.

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