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August 24th - 25th 2024

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University of Queensland, Gatton Campus

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Most general practice vets perform small animal dentistry, but few have training that goes beyond the simplest procedures. Some even avoid dentistry! You know who you are.

If you haven’t had an in-person update since you learned the basics at uni, you might be surprised to hear that veterinary dentistry has moved a long way forward. There are plenty of tricks to performing great dental work, but not many have made it into mainstream practice. Until now.

Take the sweat out of dentistry with this workshop, and see that it can be a very satisfying part of your job.

For registered veterinarians only.



This workshop has been designed for registered veterinarians who are required to perform veterinary dentistry in the course of their clinical work.

We’ve all heard that there are two types of vets: those who embrace dentals, and those who bravely (or loudly) struggle through them. This course has plenty to offer all GP vets, but we think it’s best suited to those who’ve had less access to dental training and mentorship.

If you’re more inclined to avoid a dental than volunteer to take one on, this could be a life-changing course for you. In addition to hours of hands on experience with personalised feedback, you’ll get to concentrate on the tips that take the fuss and frustration out of small animal dentistry. You’ll see how the experts hold and manipulate dental instruments to get the best results, and how to sing nursery rhymes under your breath while you apply consistent pressure against the periodontal ligament. Perhaps that last part was an exaggeration, but if you’ve ever fractured a tooth root because you’re rushing or impatient, you know exactly what we mean!

Whether you scored just a few sessions of dental training at uni (from what we’re hearing, that could be most of us), or you’ve been immersed in it since you started practice, this workshop will show you how to get along with everyday dentistry in practice. You’ll also see how a good ol’ dental can be something you actually look forward to.

Don’t miss this opportunity to embrace small animal dentistry. A dental offers variety, it can be really satisfying, and you can make a huge difference to an animal’s quality of life. Here’s the elephant in the room: if you’re under pressure to create income, it can help you there as well.



Get structured CPD points and a CPD certificate with every VetPrac workshop you attend.

Social network

This is your tribe. Spend some quality time with people who understand what you do each day.

Great food

You’ll be nourished with healthy food, sweet treats & caffeine, so you can get on with learning new skills.

Hands on experience

It’s all about time on the tools. We prioritise your opportunities to practice in real time, learning the skills with specialist-level guidance on tap.

Personalised feedback

Get feedback on your technique & refine your approach throughout the workshop. Build great habits, & improve with time.

Real-world training

Learn in the same way you work. We give you clinical context & full support so things make sense when you get back to the clinic.


Everyday dentistry in clinical practice

This workshop focuses on four key elements of everyday dentistry to help you get the most out of your CPD experience.

  • Developing a successful extraction process
  • Planning & lifting flaps
  • Tissue handling in the oral cavity
  • Achieving the best possible closure

Real-world applicable CPD

  • Talking to owners about dental issues
  • Maxillary canine extractions
  • Maxillary carnassial extractions
  • Feline quadrant extractions
  • Feline specific tissue handling
  • Fractured tooth root retrieval


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Making your workshop count in the real world

A VetPrac workshop will always put your practical skills first. Participants at our Everyday Dental Procedures & Extractions workshop perform a range of canine and feline dental procedures that are relevant to GP veterinary practice. These are skills you will rely on for every dental procedures. All practical sessions are led by highly qualified and experienced veterinary educators who are active in clinical practice. We want you to get current and practical training from a team that understands the pressures of clinical life.

Techniques presented in this course have been hand picked because they represent cases you already see in GP, or ones that are within your reach once you’ve completed this workshop. We’ve included some key procedures, for example, maxillary canine and maxillary carnassial extractions. There’s also a detailed section on how to retrieve a fractured tooth root in both the dog and the cat.

If you’re interested in performing low stress dentistry and getting the process right, this workshop is exactly what you need.

Workshop Schedule

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$3,500 CPD investment & one weekend of hands-on training


How to get that tooth out (completely) & close the gap


Boost your general dental confidence & dial the stress right down


Your Educators

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Rebecca Tucker

Dr Rebecca Tucker

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Qualifications: BVSc (Hons), MANZCVS, DAVDC

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Bec is a Director of Advanced Animal Dentistry in Queensland, a member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (MANZCVS) and a membership examiner. She is also a Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College – one of only six veterinarians in Australia.

Bec appreciates all aspects of dentistry and oral surgery, finding special fulfilment in oral surgery, especially reconstructive procedures.

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Aaron Forsayeth

Dr Aaron Forsayeth

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Qualifications: BVSc (Hons) MACVSc

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Aaron graduated from the University of Queensland in 1996 and obtained membership in Veterinary Dentistry of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists in 2004, under the leadership of Dr Gary Wilson. Soon after, they created Advanced Animal Dentistry.

Since that time Aaron has been actively involved in the Australian Veterinary Dental Society and the Veterinary Dentistry Chapter of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists. Aaron contributes regularly to veterinary dental education and works exclusively in veterinary dental referral practice.

Dr Christine Hawke

Dr Christine Hawke

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Qualifications: BSc BVSc PhD MACVSc

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Christine became a member of the ACVSc in 2006 and founded Sydney Pet Dentistry in 2007, which takes referrals from across NSW. Christine has provided Sydney’s longest running advanced small animal dentistry service for over a decade. She has recently partnered with North Shore Veterinary Specialist and Emergency Centre for veterinary dentistry services.

Christine has extensive experience in veterinary education and is passionate about raising awareness of dental disease so pets can receive the treatment they deserve.


Dr Winston Oakes

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Qualifications: VSc (Hons) BSc (Vet) MANCVS

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Winston became a member of the Dental Chapter of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in 2008. He co-directs the Northside Veterinary Centre that offers referrals for veterinary dentistry.

Winston set up the first veterinary dental X-ray unit in Canberra and is very keen to spread the word on dentistry. He is passionate about improving dentistry in the veterinary profession, from the ground up, and thoroughly enjoys mentoring general practitioners and local vets.


Your Questions Answered

Are group discounts available?

Absolutely! Work together, learn together, we say. If 3 or more participants register from the same clinic under the same booking, you’ll receive a 5% discount at checkout when you book on our website.

Will I get CPD points and a CPD certificate?

Of course! Each participant will receive a CPD certificate via email. We do this after you’ve provided feedback and the workshop is complete.

What kind of learning materials are included?

Generally, you can choose printed course notes, a digital copy on USB, or both. Everyone gets a printed copy of the procedure guide.

What happens if I pay and then later can’t attend?
  • Transferring or changing registration from one workshop to another will incur a $50 administration fee.
  • Cancellations made up to 45 days prior to the commencement date of the Training Course will incur an administrative fee of 50% of the Fee.
  •  Cancellations made up to 7 days prior to the commencement date of the Training Course are not refundable.

Can I pay in instalments, or do you offer payment plans?

Yes! At VetPrac we are pleased to offer payment plans for our online courses and workshops. We want to make it manageable for you to invest in your professional development.

For more information regarding our payment plans, please do not hesitate to contact Ros at [email protected].

What happens if the workshop is cancelled?

If VetPrac cancels any workshops, we will refund your course fees in full. However, VetPrac will not be responsible for any travel, accommodation or any other expenses incurred by you.

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