EVDC Study Days at the European Veterinary Dental Forum (EVDF)

As part of the EVDF, EVDC provides pre- and post-congress practical and theory training in the form of ‘Study Days’, in addition to contributing to the main scientific programme of the congress. These technique focussed wetlabs are primarily for residents to undergo specific training under supervision and direction of Diplomates, but are open to all vets to attend. The Study Days comprise in-depth training sessions with either a half day or full day committed to practical training in specific techniques and procedures in veterinary dentistry.

EVDC Study Days, Krakow 2022
7-9 April 2021


Small Animal Programme:


Equine Programme:

 1.     Equine dental imaging (2 x 3 hour sessions)

A 1 day course covering all aspects of equine dental and sinus digital imaging including practical radiographic technique and interpretation, and interpretation of more advanced imaging techniques such as Computed Tomography.

The course will start with a review of equine head and dental anatomy, which will be followed by practical training in head radiography (to include dental, sinus and TMJ), collection and film reading. The morning will conclude with a session on interpretation of head radiographs and treatment planning.

The afternoon session will focus on advanced imaging techniques for the equine head, focussing on CT, but including an introduction to nuclear scintigraphy and MRI. Case selection for advanced imaging and approaches to image reading will be presented. Delegates will be given the opportunity to review and interpret CT scans from clinical cases. The afternoon will conclude with presentations of advanced imaging clinical cases. Delegates are encouraged to bring their own cases for discussion.

Key learning objectives:

  • How to take diagnostic radiographs for equine dentistry and sinus disease
  • Interpretation of radiographic images
  • Understanding and interpreting advanced imaging modalities of the equine head (CT and MRI)

 Tutors: Astrid Bienert -Zeit and Richard Reardon

 2.     Endodontic equipment and technique principles in equine dentistry (2 x 3 hour sessions)

This is a 1-day course covering all detailed description of different dental equipment and dental materials available including principles of use and how to best use the equipment and material for different equine dental procedures.

The course will start with a review of dental equipment/ dental units, discussing different available systems with the difference in air turbine compared with motorised units. This will include discussion on slow and fast handpieces, and different burrs available and applicable to equine endodontic/ restorative treatments. The morning will conclude with a practical session on use of the different materials.

The afternoon session will focus on an overview of dental materials available in dentistry and the materials potentially relevant to equine dentistry. The afternoon will conclude with practical sessions on using the different materials and demonstration of practical use.

Key learning objectives:

  • Understanding and learning about different dental units for restorative/ endodontic treatment and how to use them effectively
  • Learning about all the available dental burs and files, and how they are applicable to equine use
    Detailed overview of all the dental materials applicable in equine dentistry and how to use them.

Tutors: Torbjörn Lundström and Nicole du Toit

 3.     Alternative oral extraction techniques (2 x 3 hour sessions)

A 1-day theory and practical course covering oral cheek tooth extraction techniques with a specific focus on techniques other than standard oral forceps extraction.

AM: Forceps extraction; pre-extraction restoration, oroscopically guided fragment removal
PM: Coronectomy and segmentation, oral screw extraction

The course is designed for equine veterinarians who want to go beyond standard oral extraction techniques. Fractured cheek teeth in a horse present a special challenge to the dental practitioner. To extract these teeth very often referral for dental surgery is the next step. Partial coronectomy, tooth segmentation and pre-extraction restoration are intermediate, strictly intra-oral and thus non-invasive techniques, which can avoid surgery and associated complications in many cases.

The participants will be become acquainted with the techniques, the instruments and restoration materials in the morning theory lecture session. The afternoon practical session will be hands-on cadaveric heads to manifest the skill for proper use in the clinic or field.

Key learning objectives:

  • To become knowledgeable and understand the options available for non-surgical oral extraction techniques of cheek teeth
  • Learn and become familiar with equipment available for all oral non-surgical extraction techniques
  • To practice the techniques of oral non-surgical extraction in a safe and controlled environment

Tutors: Chris Pearce and Knut Nottrott