Practical Dentistry Demonstrations at 2015 BEVA Congress

Delegates can get their teeth into something different at this year’s British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) Congress, taking place Sept. 9-12 in Liverpool, U.K., by participating in daily practical dentistry technique sessions at the new practical demonstration stand in the exhibition hall.

Congress organizers have enlisted the skills of three leading British equine dental experts to host the sessions, which will comprise demonstrations and the chance for attendees to roll up their sleeves and get to grips with dentistry tools and techniques.

Chris Pearce, CertEM(Int Med), CertES(Soft Tissue), BAEDT, MRCVS, who runs the Equine Dental Clinic in Dorset; Neil Townsend, MSc, BVSc, CertES(Soft Tissue), Dipl. ECVS, MRCVS, RCVS, formerly senior lecturer at the University of Liverpool Equine Hospital; and Henry Bilson, BAEDT, director of Equine Dental Services in Somerset, will be presenting live demonstrations and running practical sessions every day.

The live demonstrations will take place during the morning, lunch, 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.

The daily 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, Pearce and 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. Bilson, Pearce, and 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 the groups remain small. Interested delegates are advised to book promptly on Thursday to avoid missing out on this opportunity for hands-on learning with some of the U.K.’s leading equine dentistry practitioners.

“There is a growing awareness, amongst owners and vets, of the importance of dental health and it’s encouraging to see the increasing numbers of vets are taking the BEVA/BVDA exam in equine dentistry,” said Lucy Grieve, MA, VetMB, MRCVS, BEVA council member. “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 U.K.”

This year BEVA Congress will be held in Liverpool at the Arena Convention Centre. The program, led by many leading international specialists, is spread over three days and comprises more than 90 hours of continuing professional development lectures on 20 different aspects of world-class science, innovation, and day-to-day practical veterinary medicine and surgery.

Visit www.beva.org.uk for more information and to register.

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