Diving into Dentistry Part 1

Course Duration: 1 Day
User Skill Level: Beginner 
Time: 8:30 am – 5 pm
Location: miEducation Training and Resource Centre, Guelph ON

April 12, 2024
April 13, 2024


September 6, 2024
September 7, 2024

About this one-day workshop:

In this 8-hour workshop, participants learn through a combined curriculum of didactic and hands-on wet labs using cadavers.  By the end of the day, the range of lessons explored will have included:

  • Performing an oral exam with charting techniques
  • Instrument identification and usage during subgingival and supragingival cleaning
  • Technique with ultrasonic cleaning and polishing
  • Care and maintenance of your instruments
  • Hands-on skills to obtain diagnostic intraoral radiographs on a feline and canine
  • Lecture on intraoral radiography


During the radiology portion of the day, your instructors will guide you through tips and tricks for obtaining the skills needed to successfully obtain full mouth image series on cats and dogs.

Who should take this course?

This course has been designed to teach RVT’s and DVM’s the fundamentals of general veterinary dentistry, pertaining to routine cleanings and the maintenance of your patient’s oral health.  

Meet your instructor:

Tammy Brooks is an RVT and VTS with 20 years of experience and currently resides in Calgary. She graduated with distinction from the Animal Health Technology program at Fairview College in 2002. Originally working in general practice, she was drawn toward animal dentistry. Since 2004 Tammy began focusing on dentistry while working almost exclusively with Dr. Terrie Faber, a Fellow in the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry. It was in 2018 when she obtained her Veterinary Technician Specialty in Dentistry. Tammy was awarded the ABVMA Veterinary Technologist of the Year award in 2023. In addition to working in practice at Alberta Veterinary Dentistry, she provides mentorship to those tracking for their specialty in dentistry as well as serving on the credentialing committee of the AVDT and has spoken at the Veterinary Dental Forum. Due to her love of teaching, Tammy provides in-clinic training and consulting across Canada. She enjoys spreading education to fellow veterinarians and technologists, enhancing their dental knowledge and skills.

Tammy’s passion for dentistry is driven by the dramatic improvement animals have with appropriate treatment. She strongly believes it is important to help those who can not speak for themselves.

On her days off Tammy enjoys camping, playing board games, riding around on her motorcycle, or just enjoying time outdoors with her husband, daughter, and German Shepherd.