Delegates to be offered demonstrations and practical sessions on dentistry techniques at this year’s British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) Congress in Liverpool.

Top experts will lead dentistry sessions at BEVA.

The congress will be held from September 9 to 12 at the city’s Arena and Convention Centre, where the sessions will be hosted at the new practical demonstration stand in the exhibition hall.

Industry leading experts

Congress organisers have enlisted the skills of three leading equine dental experts to host the sessions, which will comprise demonstrations and practicals where delegates can get to grips with dentistry tools and techniques.

Chris Pearce, who runs the Equine Dental Clinic in Dorset; Neil Townsend, formerly senior lecturer at the University of Liverpool Equine Hospital; and Henry Bilson, director of Equine Dental Services in Somerset, will be presenting live demonstrations and running practical sessions every day.

The live demonstrations will take place in the exhibition hall during the morning, lunchtime and afternoon breaks. They will cover the rudiments of external examination and oral examination with the use of mirrors and an oroscope, the use of nerve blocks, and the taking and interpreting of radiographs.

Spaces limited

Practical teaching sessions comprising groups of a maximum of five delegates will take place between the demonstrations. Using special plastic demonstration skulls with cheek teeth inserts, Dr Pearce and Mr Townsend will take delegates through “Everything you need to know for a clinical oral examination”, including external and internal routine examination, anatomy and common pathology. 

Henry Bilson, Dr Pearce and Mr Townsend will then demonstrate “How to use modern power instruments properly and effectively and work happily all day”.

Spaces will be limited for the practical sessions to ensure groups remain small, so interested delegates are advised to book promptly on Thursday.

Lucy Grieve, BEVA council member, said: “There is a growing awareness, among owners and vets, of the importance of dental health and it’s encouraging to see the increasing numbers of vets who are taking the BEVA/British Veterinary Dental Association exam in equine dentistry.

“We are hoping the new congress demonstrations and practical sessions will inspire, inform and educate, helping to raise the bar for first-class equine dentistry in the UK.”

More information

The BEVA programme, led by many international specialists, is spread over three days and comprises more than 90 hours of continuing professional development lectures on 20 different aspects of science, innovation and day-to-day practical veterinary medicine and surgery.

For offers, more information and early bird discounts, visit www.beva.org.uk

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