TandDyreklinikken Level of Excellence in Veterinary Dentistry (TDK-LEVD)

Let us teach you to feel comfortable with the challenges of veterinary dentistry you will meet in your work as a veterinary small animal practitioner.

This study programme combines didactic teaching of basic theory, tutorials and practical training sessions in small groups to provide the participants with the skills necessary to meet the demands of most dental patients.

With a maximum number of eight participants per class, these courses offer a more intensive learning environment, and the practical sessions are well equipped, which reduces waiting time for both help from tutor and equipment.

Course Master is Jens Ruhnau (DVM, Specialdyrlæge i veterinær odontologi, EBVS European Veterinary Specialist in Dentistry, Dipl.EVDC). Other co-teachers may be invited for selected topics – if this is the case, it will always be at Diplomate specialist level.

The programme consists of six modules and an exam, 20 days in total. The teaching modules are supported by assignments to be produced by the participants between the modules. A certain number of hours for “homework and studying” is expected from participants.

Obligatory tutorials must all be approved, before participants can sit for and pass the exam.

The course outline :

Changes may occur.

Module 1; March 22th-25th 2021


  • Dentistry in the veterinary clinic
  • Anatomy
  • Embryology
  • Dental radiology, equipment
  • Dental radiology, positioning
  • Dental radiology, findings


  • Full mouth radiographs in dog and cat
  • Evaluation of radiographs

Module 2; May 4th – 6th 2021


  • Periodontology
  • Dental units
  • Depuration, hand instruments
  • Hygiene in the veterinary dental practice
  • Ergonomics
  • Oral examination
  • Depuration
  • Closed curettage
  • Abbreviations
  • Dental charts
  • Oral status / COHAT
  • Implementing veterinary dentistry in the veterinary practice
  • Dental home prophylaxis


  • Depuration, full mouth radiography and dental charting

Module 3; September 27th – 30th 2021


  • Periodontal surgery
  • Bone augmentation
  • Oro-Nasal-Fistulas
  • Traumatic cleft palatePain management including local/regional blocs
  • Anesthesia
  • The use of antibiotics in veterinary dentistry
  • Dental fractures
  • Extractions
  • Oral findings in systemic disease
  • Canine Chronic Ulcerative Stomatitis (CCUS)/ Chronic Ulcerative Paradental Stomatitis (CUPS) in dogs
  • Feline Lymphocytic Plasmacytic Gingivitis Stomatitis (LPGS)
  • Tooth resorptions in dogs
  • Tooth resorptions in cats


  • Local/regional nerve blocs
  • Periodontal surgery
  • Dental extractions

Module 4; December 14th – 16th 2021


  • Restorative dentistry
  • Partial pulpectomy/Pulpotomy
  • Occlusion
  • Basic Orthodontics


  • Dental restorations
  • Pulpotomy/Direct pulp capping
  • Basic (passive) orthodontic procedures; inclined planes and temporary crown extensions

Module 5; February 15th – 17th 2022


  • Basic root canal therapy


  • Basic root canal therapy; standard orthograde RCT with hand instruments

Module 6; May 4th – 5th 2022


  • Dentistry in rabbits, Guinea pigs and chinchillas:
    • Anatomy, occlusion, malocclusions, radiology
  • Repetition of selected topics
  • Preparation for exam
  • Presentation by participants


  • Rabbit radiology and correction of malocclusions

Exam; June 16th 2022

The exam format:

Exam is a one-day event, divided into a theoretical part in the morning and a practical part in the afternoon.

The theoretical part is a 50 questions multiple choice questionnaire that must be finished in two hours.

The practical part is a 5-hour examination, where the candidate is asked to perform a number of procedures on cadaver heads.

For the practical part of the exam, each candidate is equipped with a dental unit with low and highspeed motors, 3-function syringe and ultrasonic scaler. All candidates must bring their own hand instruments, filling materials, loupes etc. for performing any procedure learned during the courses.

Dental x-ray units are available for candidates to share.

Passing grade is 50% for both the theoretical and the practical part of the exam. Both parts must be passed separately in order for the exam to pass.

There will be no re-examination for candidates who miss their exam, but they will be given the opportunity to sit for the exam at a later date.

Candidates that pass the exam will receive a diploma from TandDyreklinikken stating that they have successfully passed the exam to gain our Level of Excellence in Veterinary Dentistry.

Participants that follow the modules, but do not pass the exam, will receive certificates for their participation in each module.


Several obligatory assignments are needed to fulfill the exam credentials and must be submitted within a given deadline and approved by the course master.

List of assignments:

  • After module 1: Full mouth radiographs including extra projections of dog and cat.

  • After module 2: Theoretical assignment about periodontal bacteria of dog and cat. 500-1.000 words, a minimum of 5 references.

  • Ater module 3: Treatment strategy paper for handling stomatitis. 500-1000 words, a minimum of 5 references.

  • After module 4: Major thesis. 1.000-1.500 words, a minimum of 10 references.

  • After module 5: Preparation of presentation of selected topic (10 minutes).

  • After module 6: Full radiographic set of rabbit, guinea pig and chinchilla.

  • Case-log: Starting date will be first day of module 1, finishing date will be date of submission of credentials. The case log must consist of at least 80 cases with a minimum of defined cases in different categories.

If participants fail to attend a module, a replacement assignment must be written, according to the course master’s instructions, to fulfill the credentials to sit for the exam.

If the participant has missed one or two modules, credentials may be approved to sit for the exam, if the replacement assignments are approved by the course master. If a participant misses more than two modules, he/she will not be able to sit for the exam.


Price DKK 119.000 (excl. VAT).

The price includes teaching, handouts, textbook (Wigg’s Veterinary Dentistry – Principles and Practice, 2nd ed. by Heidi Lobprise), meals during courses, exam.

A deposit of DKK 25.000 (excl. VAT) must be paid no later than 2 weeks after registration.

Remaining course fee (DKK 94.000, excl. VAT) must be paid no later than 6 weeks prior to course start (module 1).

If you wish to split the payment into two rates, the first rate (DKK 47.000 excl. VAT) must be paid no later than 6 weeks prior to course start (module 1), and the second rate (DKK 47.000 excl. VAT) must be paid in December 2021.