The British Veterinary Dental Association
Virtual Conference 2021

Took place online on Wednesday 6th October 2021, 9:00am – 5:00pm BST

The British Veterinary Dental Association would like to invite you to watch the recordings from their Virtual Conference 2021.

Each year the BVDA holds a conference where there are papers presented on veterinary dentistry, interactive sessions and state of the art lectures.

This year’s conference consisted of 2 streams of webinars which are available to watch on demand until 7th April 2021. You’ll be able to watch the webinars as many times as you like, on any connected device, at your leisure.

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Advanced Stream

Primary treatment of most oromaxillofacial tumors in dogs and cats is resective surgery. Management of malignant tumors may be very challenging as wide/radical free-margin surgical removal must be achieved while preserving vital functions. Removal of orofacial tumors may result in large defects exposing the oral cavity or creating a communication with the nasal, pharyngeal, or orbital cavities. Such defects require orofacial reconstruction in order to restore respiratory and manducatory functions. The veterinary surgeon must be familiar with reconstructive techniques in order to prevent the inability of closing the defect, which could lead to an insufficient resection. This presentation aims to review the most relevant clinical situations and their respective treatments. A surgical decision algorithm based on the size, nature, and location of the defect is discussed. A special attention is given on the most versatile and reliable flaps in orofacial reconstructive surgery.

Caudal mandibular fracture repair in cats can be challenging with conservative options such as maxillomandibular fixation and bignathic encircling and retaining devices resulting in significant welfare implications for feline patients, as well as being associated with high morbidity and complications. Repair using pre-contoured stainless steel mini plates has been described previously however, this paper describes a novel technique for repair of caudal mandibular fractures using a standard custom made type 2 triangular titanium plate in a range of scaled sizes, under general anaesthesia in several cats. A ventro-lateral approach over the caudal mandible provided access for placement of a pre-printed and pre contoured triangular titanium plates with non locking 1.5-4mm titanium screws on the masseteric fossa. The cats all began eating voluntarily within a couple of days. Post operative occlusion was good to excellent in all cases. Long term outcome was excellent- in all cases the implants did not need to be removed. There were no instances of bone or soft tissue infection, non union or mal union. In our hands, the triangular plate provided a successful method for rigid internal fixation of certain types of caudal mandibular fractures in cats.

Full-mouth radiograph sets from 383 dogs at two referral institutions were reviewed for retained root fragments. The length and position of the root fragment on the radiograph was recorded, as well as the presence of clinical or radiographic evidence of inflammation. Statistical analysis was performed to determine if root length and/or position was associated with evidence of inflammation.

In humans, Becker muscular dystrophy (BMD) is an x-linked recessive genetic neuromuscular disorder due to mutations in the gene coding for dystrophin leading to severe muscular weakness and gait abnormalities in juvenile age.

An 8-month-old, male, mixed-breed dog was presented for macroglossia, reduced mandibular extension, ptyalism, dysphagia and regurgitation. Serum creatine kinase activity was severely elevated. Thoracic radiographs were performed to exclude aspiration pneumonia. The dog underwent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the head to characterize the suspected underlying myopathy. Whole body computed tomography (CT) was performed to rule out other musculoskeletal abnormalities. Tricipital and bicipital muscular biopsies were taken to confirm the myopathy.

Thoracic radiographs showed a gastro-esophageal hiatal hernia, thickening and asymmetry of the diaphragm. MRI showed a severely and symmetrically enlarged tongue obliterating most of the oral cavity, bilateral and symmetric increase in volume of the geniohyoid and mylohyoid muscles and hypotrophy of the masticatory muscles. The affected muscles were heterogeneously hyperintense on T2-weighted and STIR sequences, enhancing in the T1-weighted post-contrast series. There was secondary bone remodeling of both mandibular bodies and of the hyoid apparatus. No additional abnormalities were noted on CT. Muscular histopathology was consistent with BMD.

Multimodality imaging has been helpful for a complete characterization of the musculoskeletal abnormalities secondary to BMD. In young patients with dysphagia, mastication and swallowing difficulties, muscular dystrophy should be considered in the differential diagnosis.

Attendees will learn the appropriate diagnostics, including their limitations, and recommended treatment for odontogenic tumours. Special emphasis will be given to the use of computed tomography (CT) for surgical planning of canine acanthamatous ameloblastoma. 

Feline chronic gingivostomatitis (FCGS), a severe inflammatory oral disease of cats is characterized by immune-mediated oral inflammation affecting the caudal oral mucosa  as well as the gingival mucosa. In the past 10 years, several key studies paved the road towards better understanding of the etiopathogenesis of FCGS and improving treatment options. This lecture will focus on recent discoveries and current understandings in both etiopathogenesis and therapeutic options including stem cell therapy and immune modulation. Moreover, with the emerging field of regenerative medicine, this lecture will inform the practitioners on the practicability of stem cell therapy for FCGS. Finally, a path from current discoveries towards clinical applications will be discussed.

This lecture will describe current scientific knowledge regarding the role of subgingival microbial communities in the initiation and progression of periodontal disease in small animals. The information will be presented in a clinical context.

The learning objectives are:

1. Identify the most salient clinical features of periodontal disease

2. Recognize current knowledge regarding etiopathogenesis as it relates to subgingival microbiomes

3. Translate some of the current knowledge into possible clinical applications

Foundation Stream

As all dental enthusiasts will tell you: a dental procedure is not complete (or even started) without the use of dental radiography! But how to read the pictures you take? How do you make sense of the gray, white and black on your screen? And more importantly: how do you translate it back to your patient? In this special interactive lecture we will consider a step by step approach to interpretation, which should help you make the most of your tooth pics!

This is an introductory lecture focused toward veterinarians who are developing a special interest in or wishing to review their approach to oral surgery. The lecture will review multiple components of the oral surgical procedure with a focus at encouraging delegates to improve the outcomes of the surgical treatments.

Marsupialisation is a new treatment technique for dentigerous cysts. It is used for decreasing the size of the cyst and allowing safer and more precise enucleation. This presentation describes how a dentigerous cyst forms, the marsupialisation technique, its advantage’s and when to use it.

This case report describes the treatment of oral problems in a dog with persistent repetitive myoclonus caused by previous infection with canine distemper virus. Maxilla and mandible had undergone extensive remodelling; a number of teeth were missing or previously extracted. Remaining teeth were malpositioned and some were fractured, extensive
oronasal fistulae were present bilaterally and the oral mucosa had chronic self-induced trauma.

As myoclonus continued during general anaesthesia the patient required a neuromuscular block to facilitate oral surgery. Soft tissue healing was complicated by the myoclonus; the patient required staged treatment and revision surgery of oronasal fistula repair.

The patient was also assessed by an internal medicine and neurology team and underwent blood tests and cytology, radiography and computerised tomography of the head and thorax to determine suitability of dental treatment. The goal of involved oral surgery was to achieve as much comfort as possible, as the combination of continuing orthognathic forces and presence of fistulae and mucosal lesions caused problems with persistent pain and adequate nutrition.

This lecture will provide participants with an overview of the steps involved in conducting a consistent and comprehensive oral health assessment on canine and feline patients. This framework will allow the participant to ensure standard of care dental procedures can be provided in their clinic. Work flow will also be discussed in an effort to ensure dental procedures can be an efficient and successful part of the practices daily operations.

This talk is aimed at getting primary care vets comfortable with how to work up and investigate canine oral inflammation.

To extract or not to extract? Did you know sometimes there’s another option? Periodontal therapy is an interesting and useful addition to the treatments you can offer. In this lecture we will dive into root planing, a simple but surprisingly important and effective technique for treating mild to moderate periodontal disease.


Dr. Santiago Peralta, DVM, DAVDC, FF-AVDC-OMFS earned his DVM from Universidad de La Salle in Bogota, Colombia, in 1999. He worked in private practice for 6 years and subsequently completed a Residency in Veterinary Dentistry and Oral Surgery at the University of California – Davis. Dr. Peralta is a Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College and an AVDC Founding Fellow in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He is currently an Associate Professor of Dentistry and Oral Surgery at Cornell University.

Dr. Goldschmidt completed her dentistry and oral surgery residency at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, where she also completed a degree in Animal Science. She received her veterinary degree from the Royal School of Veterinary Studies at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland and then went on to complete a rotating internship at the Veterinary Medical Center of Long Island. Her subspecialty clinical and research interests include oral oncologic surgery.

Dr Guzu graduated from the faculty of veterinary medicine of the University of Liège (Belgium) in 2013. He completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the National Veterinary School of Alfort (France). He then spent two years in small animal general practice and obtained a degree in Microsurgery, and Head and Neck Surgical Oncology at the faculty of medicine of the University of Paris (France). He enrolled in a Residency program in Dentistry with Dr Hennet in Paris. He became a Diplomate of the European Veterinary Dental College (EVDC) in 2021. He is currently working in a multi-speciality Hospital in the Paris area, with a practice limited to Dentistry, oral and maxillofacial surgery (ADVETIA Hospital).

Dr. Boaz Arzi is a Professor of Dentistry and Oral surgery at the department of Surgical and Radiological Sciences, UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Arzi completed the residency-training program in dentistry and oral surgery at the School of Veterinary Medicine and two years fellowship in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at UC Davis. He is a Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC) and the European Veterinary Dental College (EVDC). Dr. Arzi is also a Founding Fellow of the AVDC in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Dr. Arzi’s clinical and research focus is on oral maxillofacial disorders and regenerative solutions in dogs and cats. His lab also investigates TMJ disorders and treatments across species. Dr. Arzi is the director of the Veterinary Institute for Regenerative Cures (VIRC) at UC Davis. Ultimately, Dr. Arzi’s work is translational with the aim of One Health treatment modalities for both human and animal health.

Alix worked in mixed animal practice in Devon for 6 years before embarking on several locum and short-term roles across the UK in pursuit of her interest in dentistry. She joined the Dentistry, Oral Maxillofacial Surgery referral team at Eastcott in January 2019 as a full time EVDC resident in dentistry and oral surgery. Alix is interested in all areas of dentistry but especially management of oral tumours, complex jaw fracture repairs and endodontics.
Outside of work Alix and her partner enjoy most water-based sports and long walks with their springer spaniel Alfie. She is also president elect of the British Veterinary Dental association.

Alex received his veterinary degree from The Royal Veterinary College in 2015. After spending some time in general practice, he returned to The RVC to pursue a rotating internship. He subsequently moved to the United States to complete a residency in Dentistry & Oral Surgery at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Alex currently provides Dentistry, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery services at Cornell University Veterinary Specialists in Stamford, Connecticut, USA. He also holds a position as Courtesy Assistant Clinical Professor of Dentistry & Oral Surgery at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in Ithaca, New York. Alex has particular clinical interests in the treatment of maxillofacial trauma and surgical oncology of the mouth and face. His academic interests include contemporary trauma management research and teaching of veterinary students and colleagues.

Having graduated from Utrecht University in 2016, Hannah moved to the U.K. to find work with as a small animal vet. A lucky run in with dental radiography sparked what grew into a true passion for Veterinary Dentistry and nowadays Hannah is not only working towards a postgraduate ESAVS Certificate in Dentistry. She enjoys spreading her enthusiasm for teeth to others and regularly presents for the BVDA, of which she is currently Secretary.

James qualified from the University of Liverpool in July 2017. After spending a year working as a first opinion vet in Warwickshire, he joined the Eastcott Veterinay Referrals as an intern in August 2018. In October 2020, James advanced to become a resident in the dentistry team. He is interested in all areas of dentistry especially endodontics and maxillofacial surgery.
James is a keen walker and in his spare time hopes to complete all of the national trails. He has a 10 month old Labrador and a rescue pug.

Dr. Minei graduated with honors in 2018 from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Bari. During his studies, he started to train in the field of soft tissue and orthopedic surgery at the Bari University Teaching Hospital and in private practices in South Italy. In 2018 he won a grant for the ”Global thesis project” conducting his experimental thesis at the University of Bari in collaboration with the University of Ghent, spending a 4 months period of training at the same Belgian university. From 2019 he moved to the UK, working as a first opinion veterinarian at The Pet Vet in Barmsley, and later as an Intern Rotating at Eastcott Referrals in Swindon, where he started training in dentistry, oral and maxillofacial surgery. Since 2020 Dr Minei started his collaboration with Dr. Gracis, which became his supervisor for a full-time Residency in Dentistry in February 2021.

Kevin graduated from Murdoch University, Western Australia, in 2006. After spending 8 years in small animal general practice, he developed an interest in veterinary dentistry and completed requirements to become a Member of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (Small Animal Dentistry & Oral Surgery) in 2012. Between 2016 and 2019, he undertook the Dentistry & Oral Surgery residency at Cornell University, and after passing board examinations, became one of only 4 specialist veterinary dentists currently practicing in Australia.

Kevin is a Diplomate of the American and European Veterinary Dental Colleges and currently practices at Animalius Vet in Perth.

In his spare time, Dr Kevin loves spending time with his family and his 10-year old Kelpie-cross dog, Floyd. He also loves cooking and is known for bringing delicious concoctions to work.

Veterinary Qualification in 2013 at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.

GPCertificate Western Veterinary Acupuncture and Chronic Pain Management 2018 (Cove, Scotland).

Worked as small animal vet in London and South Sweden Dentistry residency from January 2021 (Buckinghamshire).

Jonathan graduated from Liverpool University in 2013, and has spent his time since then in a primary care setting. Over time his interest in dentistry has grown and he now is an Alternate Resident in Veterinary Dentistry, splitting his time between learning at a referral centre and practicing in a primary care vets in Surrey.

Brian is a professor at the University California, Davis in the Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology where I have interdependent research, instruction and diagnostic missions. He initially developed an interest in oral disease and orthopedics during eight years as a small animal practitioner near Seattle, Washington. A passion for teaching and a desire to discover eventually landed him in concurrent pathology residency and graduate training programs at Washington State University. After completing his residency and PhD in 2007, he began a career as an anatomic pathologist at the University of California, Davis. At UCD, he is encouraged to develop system or species-specific interests; his interests have focused on the nuances of oral, orthopedic and endocrine pathology.

Andrew Perry graduated from Liverpool University in 2000. He worked, briefly, in mixed practice and subsequently a member of a large small animal hospital in south east London until 2011. During his time in general small animal practice his initial interests were anaesthesia and diagnostic imaging. A desire to rectify his lack of training and skill in dentistry resulted in rapid fall from ignorant bliss and in 2011 he began an alternate pathway residency in dentistry and oral surgery at Eastcott Referrals, Swindon, UK. Andrew became a Diplomate of the European Veterinary Dental College in 2018.

Andrew has published articles on dental radiography, dental radiology, dentigerous cysts, and jaw fracture distribution in cats and has been lucky to speak at conferences both nationally and internationally.

Andrew’s clinical and research interests are focused toward oral surgery, particularly advanced reconstruction techniques utilising mini and micro plating and oncologic surgery. Andrew, co-supervises three full time residents based at Eastcott Referrals and works in a department of 9 full time vets and nurses.

Jonathan graduated from Liverpool University in 2013, and has spent his time since then in a primary care setting. Over time his interest in dentistry has grown and he now is an Alternate Resident in Veterinary Dentistry, splitting his time between learning at a referral centre and practicing in a primary care vets in Surrey.


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