EVDC Study Days at the 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, Nantes 2024
Thursday 30 May 2024


1. Piezosurgery applications (3 hours, morning)

During this lab. the participants will be introduced to piezoelectric bone cutting technology. Advantages and limits  compared to other bone cutting instruments will be presented.  The participants will be trained to the proper use of piezoelectric cutting tips (pressure, movement). Different tips will be presented. Once the use of the instrument is understood, participants will practice maxillofacial resective surgery such as maxillectomy and mandibulectomy on specimens.

Learning objectives:

  1.  be able to define piezoelectric bone surgery principles
  2. be able to quote the advantages and limits of piezoelectric bone surgery 
  3. be able to demonstrate proper use of a piezoelectric bone surgery device

Tutor: Phillipe Hennet and Margeritha Gracis

2. Surgical endodontics (3 hours, morning)  

During this advanced lab, the participants will be introduced to surgical endodontics. It Will cover the different case scenarios in which the performance of surgical endodontics is necessary for the preservation of a tooth. A description of the technique, instruments and materials in the different teeth suitable for apicoectomy will be covered. Furthermore, this wet lab will also instruct on how to perform the amputation of the palatal root of the maxillary 4th premolar tooth. There will be some theory at the beginning of the lab describing the principles and techniques, followed by hands-on practice in specimens.

Learning objectives:

  1. Understand the principles of surgical endodontics
  2. be able to identify cases requiring surgical endodontics
  3. be capable of performing a surgical root canal on a canine, maxillary 4th premolar and mandibular 1st molar tooth
  4. be capable of performing the amputation of the palatal root of the maxillary 4th premolar tooth

Tutors: Ingrid Tundo & José Almansa Ruiz

3. Crown preparation (3 hours, morning)  

The indications and principles of full veneer restorations in dogs will be discussed.  Students will then have the guided opportunity for hands-on experience in preparing crowns for full veneer restorations.   In addition, hands-on experience with making impressions of the prepared crowns will be taught.

The learning objectives are as follows:

  1. Become familiar with the principles of full veneer restorations in dogs.
  2. Become familiar with preparing the crown for full veneer restorations in dogs.
  3. Become familiar with the process of making impressions of the prepared crown.

Tutors: Kipp Wingo & Gwendolyn Schamberger

4. Rabbit Dental procedures (3 hours, morning) 

This advanced course will provide hands-on experience for practitioners with intermediate or advanced knowledge in rabbit facial surgeries. Different surgical approaches to maxillary and mandibular odontogenic abscesses will be shown in the introductory lecture using high-quality images and video tutorials. After the introductory lecture, the participants will practice these techniques on rabbit cadavers. The course aims to gain confidence in odontogenic abscess treatment and to improve surgical skills in cases of advanced maxillofacial surgeries in rabbits.

Tutor: Vladimir Jekl

5. Incline plane procedure (3 hours, afternoon) 

During this lab, the participants will have the opportunity to practice the application and removal of a direct incline plane designed to move linguoverted mandibular canines teeth in a dog model. We will discuss the indications, design, and fabrication and care of an inclined plane made of bis-acrylic composite.

The participants will be able:

  1. To identify the indications for application of an incline plane
  2. To design an incline plane based on the direction of the intended movement
  3. To fabricate a direct incline plane in a canine model
  4. To remove the incline plane without causing tooth damage

Tutor: Ana Castejón & Ignacio Velázquez Urgel

6. Gap arthoplasty and condylectomy (3 hours, afternoon)  

This study day will focus on surgical techniques to manage TMJ ankylosis and TMJ dysplasia/instability. The study day will begin with a 45min lecture on TMJ disorders requiring ‘ectomy’ and the rest of the lab will be performing gap arthroplasty, coronoidectomy and condylectomy techniques.

Learning Objectives

  1. Increase your understanding of diagnostic approaches to various TMJ disorders requrining ‘ectomy’
  2. Learn treatment modalities for TMJ ankylosis and TMJ dysplasia/instability
  3. Discuss various recent scientific updates on various TMJ disorders

Tutor: Boaz Arzi & Stephanie Goldschmidt

7. CBCT: principles and application(3 hours, afternoon)  

Following short descritpion on the theorical principals of CBCT technology we will describe a radiological method to read sofware image from a CBCT’s dicom images serie. 

Dry lab will let the attendee to manipulate the images software over several cases as to evaluate the cbct benefit over its aplication in bone pathology (rabbit, osteitis, endodontics), tooth diagnosis (canal endodontics, resorptive lesion, cyst), tumor diagnosis (odontogenic, ameloblasome), 3D printing.

Tutors: Nicola Girard

8. Basic histopathology of the oral lesions (3 hours, afternoon)  

For this session you will need to bring just your precious self and your curiosity while I will guide you through the purple-pink microscopic world of oral histopathology.

The objectives of this session are to introduce you to the best practice of specimen submission to histopathology and to enhance the efficiency of communication with your pathologist.

You will also obtain a basic understanding of normal oral histology along with some classic examples of pathologic conditions. 

Tutor: Natasha Vapniarsky


 1.     Incisor extractions and pulp capping (3 hour, morning)

This course is intended for practitioners in equine dentistry that want to take the next step after diagnosing incisor pathology. The course will cover a review of incisor anatomy and pathology, incisor extraction techniques and emergency endodontic procedure (partial pulpectomy and pulp capping).

At the end of the course the participants will be expected to know / able to

  1. Recognize incisor pathology
  2. Make a diagnostic and treatment plan
  3. Be able to understand and perform incisor extraction techniques
  4. Perform an emergency vital pulp therapy procedure

 Tutors: Chris Pearce & Elke Pollaris 

 2.     Sinus anatomy, transnasal endoscopy and sinuscopy (3 hour, afternoon)

This course is intended for EVDC / ECVS residents and diplomates and advanced practitioners in equine dentistry and surgery. The course will cover a thorough review of equine sinus anatomy, the most common surgical pathologies of the sinus, the various sinoscopy and sinus flap surgical access techniques.

At the end of the course the participants will be expected to know / able to

  1. Understand the equine sinus anatomy and apply the anatomical knowledge for diagnostic and interventional purposes
  2. Understand and be able to perform the different sinoscopic access techniques to the equine sinus
  3. Understand and be able to identify ventral and dorsal bulla disease and perform transnasal surgical access to the structures.
  4. Understand and be able to perform surgical access to the different sinus compartments by various trephination and flap techniques.

Tutors: Denis Verwilghen & Richard Reardon

 3.     Advanced radiographic projections of the equine head  (3 hour, morning OR 3 hour afternoon)

The objectif of the wetlab is to allow the equine dental practitioner to apply advanced radiographic projections in order to refine his diagnostic approach for dental and sinus disease.

For this we will in brief recall the basic radiographic projections of the equine head, their importance, angles of acquisition and essentials of interpretation. For more advanced views of isolated tooth positions and alveolar areas (from coronal, marginal to apical) a theoretical and practical emphasis will be made in the use of open mouth positions of the lower jaw, simple and with the jaw offset laterally. Radiographic projections of the temporomandibular joint area will also be covered and exercised on cadaver equine heads of different ages.

At the end of the wetlab the participant will feel confident conducting a full general and specific radiographic approach, to identify and highlight individual tooth positions for diagnosis, surgical planning, to perform radiographic guided dental extractions and surgery and post surgical follow up.

Tutors: Knut Nottrott & Neil Townsend