VCF held the most recent in its series of CPD days, on 10th November, this time at the Marsh Farm Hotel, near Swindon. With easy access from the M4, the hotel, with its warm homely feel, and great food, offered the perfect venue.
Peter Southerden, an RCVS Recognised and European Specialist in Veterinary Dentistry ran the day entitled “Feline Dentistry”. With a wealth of experience, and a really relaxed manner, Peter was an excellent speaker for the day and demonstrated excellent insight, but in a way that could be used by all of us in everyday practice. He reminded us that not only is there gnashing of teeth in the bible, but also that the book of Proverbs understands the problem of toothache. Chapter 25 verse 19 says “Like a bad tooth or a lame foot is reliance on the unfaithful in times of trouble”!
As with all VCF CPD days, it was open to all vets and vet nurses within the profession. A number of the delegates already knew one another from previous VCF CPD meetings, and other VCF events, so it provided a great chance for them to meet up and share together whilst gaining excellent CPD at the same time. Some had also had the chance to meet up the evening before for a meal and get to know one another informally.
With such a wide title, Peter began by asking what areas delegates would like to cover, and then took all of these questions and weaved them effortlessly into a thorough presentation of the types of situations that we will see in everyday general practice. As one delegate noted – “I thought it was top stuff, and great to see other Christians there too”.
From normal tooth anatomy to the significance of plaque, from dental radiography and why it is important to simple techniques to make it simple, repeatable and cost effective. From gingivitis to periodontal disease. Whether to extract teeth or not, and how to do so without stress or damage, what to do with those tooth resorption cases and finally the huge importance of managing pain effectively with a multimodal approach, dental blocks, and where we are with treating severe stomatitis and orofacial pain syndrome.