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Veterinary Dentistry

Course Code: AHTT 2106
Faculty: Science & Technology
Credits: 2.0
Semester: 8 week course
Learning Format: Lecture, Lab
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course will review the basics of companion animal oral anatomy and health, with emphasis on prevention of, and diagnosis of, periodontal disease and oral pathology. Students will learn and practice techniques in routine dental prophylaxis, dental charting, dental radiology, and client education and home care. Enrollment is limited to students in the Animal Health Technology Program

Course Content

  1. Anatomy and physiology of relevant oral structures and dentition, touching on embryology of deciduous teeth and their development into adult structures.
  2. Charting the oral cavity and performing an oral exam:  recognition of occlusion, fractured teeth, crowding, abscesses, poor positioning, and neoplasia of the oral cavity.
  3. Dental instrumentation – identification and care of instruments with an emphasis on proper sharpening and maintenance.
  4. Pathology of periodontal disease and periodontitis.  Clinical signs and treatment of the latter.
  5. Dental prophylaxis (cleaning): the who, what, when and why.
  6. Dental radiology – an introduction and a review of dental x-ray anatomy.
  7. Exotics and pocket pets, and equine dentition.
  8. Oral innervations and local blocks.
  9. Ergonomics, theory of extractions, endodontics, orthodontics.
  10. Marketing and homecare techniques.

Methods of Instruction

This course includes 1 hour of classroom instruction per week and 3 hours of laboratory instruction including demonstrations and practical experiences, and a weekend day or evening course consisting of intensive laboratory instruction and practical learning.

Means of Assessment

Group Project/Assignments                               30-45%

Final Exam                                                          30%

Laboratory assessments (practical)                    10-30%

Professionalism                                                   10%       


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course students will:

  1.  have an entry level ability to perform the standard tasks in veterinary dentistry that are in the scope of the Animal Health Technologist’s role.
  2. recognize normal and abnormal dental anatomy and conditions.
  3.  use dental terminology and identify teeth by both Anatomical and Triadan systems in order to accurately chart dental procedures and conditions.
  4.  recognize and correctly use and care for dental hand instruments.
  5. be competent in recommending home dental care programs to clients.
  6.  understand gingivitis, periodontitis and oral hygiene procedures.
  7. be familiar with dental radiology

course prerequisites

AHTT 1101 Veterinary Anatomy & Physiology I


AHTT 1203 Veterinary Care II


Successful completion of AHT year 1 courses

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.