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TandDyreklinikken Level of Excellence in Veterinary Oral Surgery (TDK-LEVOS)

This programme is for veterinary dentists with a wish to improve their skills in advanced dentistry and oral and maxillofacial surgery. It is furthermore a skill-programme for veterinary surgeons, in procedures involving jaws and teeth.

The programme is developed as a graduate studies of the TandDyreklinikken Level of Excellence in Veterinary Dentistry (LEVD). The programme combines didactic teaching of basic theory, tutorials and practical training sessions and has a maximum number of eight participants per class. This provides participants with 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 three modules and an exam, 10 days in total. The teaching modules are supported by two 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 is as follows:

Changes may occur.

Module A: October 6th – 8th 2021

Theory

  • Advanced orthodontics
  • Prostodontics
  • Advanced root canal therapy with powered equipment; rotating files and burrs
  • Apicectomy and hemisectioning
  • Pedodontology

Practicals

  • Active appliances; brackets, powerchains and wires
  • Preparation for crowns, impression made
  • Surgical root canal therapy (apicectomy) and hemisectioning

Module B: January 10th – 12th 2022

Theory

  • Dental luxations/avulsions
  • Jaw fractures and symphyseal separations
  • Oral and maxillofacial tumor and neoplasia
  • Surgical approach to treat oral neoplasias
  • Ethical considerations in veterinary dentistry and maxillofacial surgery

Practicals

  • Fixation of luxated/avulsed teeth, jaw fractures and symphyseal separations using non-invasive techniques
  • Maxillectomies and mandibulectomies, tumor resection

Module C: March 28th – 30th 2022

Theory

  • Diseases of the salivary glands
  • TMJ dysplasia and open mouth jaw locking
  • TMJ resection
  • Developmental oral defects
  • Congenital cleft lip-/palate
  • Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome (BOAS)

Practicals

  • Ressection of mandibular and sublingual salivary and the parotid glands
  • Partial resection of the coronoid process and the zygomatic arch
  • Surgical correction of BOAS

Exam: June 15th 2022

Homework

The two obligatory assignments are necessary 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: write a treatment strategy paper for handling malocclusions. 500-1000 words, a minimum of 5 references.
  • After module 2: treatment strategy paper for handling patients with oral tumors. 500-1000 words, a minimum of 5 references.

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 a module, 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 one module, he/she will not be able to sit for the exam.

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 20-question multiple choice questionnaire that must be finished in one hour.

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 course.

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 Oral Surgery.

Participants who follow the modules, but do not pass the exam, will receive certificates for their participation in each module. Candidates that fail their exam can purchase a seat for the next TDK-LEVOS exam to be held to have one more try.

Payment

Price: DKK 57.000 (excl. VAT).

The price includes teaching, handouts, textbook (Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Dogs and cats by Verstraete, Lommer and Arzi), meals during courses, exam.

A deposit of DKK 17,000 (excl. VAT) must be paid no later than 2 weeks after registration.

Remaining course fee (DKK 40,000, 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 20,000 excl. VAT) must be paid no later than 6 weeks prior to course start (module 1), and the second rate (DKK 20,000 excl. VAT) must be paid in January 2022.

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