Course code Vete3001

Credit points 1

Veterinary Dentistry

Total Hours in Course40

Number of hours for lectures10

Number of hours for laboratory classes10

Independent study hours20

Date of course confirmation04.04.2018

Responsible UnitClinical Institute

Course developer


Agris Ilgažs

Dr. med. vet.

Prior knowledge

Vete2013, Anatomy of the Domestic Animals I

Vete2014, Anatomy of the Domestic Animals II

Vete2015, Anatomy of the Domestic Animals III

Vete4105, Pharmacology, Pharmacotherapy and Toxicology I

Vete4110, Clinical and Laboratory Diagnostics I

Vete4111, Clinical and Laboratory Diagnostics II

Vete6022, Physiology I

Vete6023, Physiology II

Course abstract

Veterinary dentistry inspect different pathology of the oral cavity, where base is exchange of the oral cavity, it,s treatment and profilaksis. Inspect Anotomikal and physiologikal peculiarity of the oral cavity and of the head locality a different animals, as also frequently diverges from quota. Pathologi of tooth, jaw and soft tisue of oral cavity. Influence of such pathological on the animals healthy . Traum of jaw and locality of head. Inspected new principle of diagnostik, treatment and profilactik.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

Knowledge: Knowledge of dentistry disease diagnosis, differential diagnosis and treatment options – 1 test.
Skills: It will describe practical skills associated with dentistry manipulation out - practicals.

Competency: There will be competent about preventive measures to prevent dental complications and disease development - KEGA work.

Course Content(Calendar)

1. Introduction, anatomy, development. - 1 h lectures and 1 h practical works.
2. Oral examination. - 1 h lectures and 1 h practical works.
3. Oral cavity soft tissue abnormalities. - 1 h lectures and 1 h practical works.
4. Dental abnormalities. Tooth extraction. - 1 h lectures and 1 h practical works.
5. Periodontitis. - 1 h lectures and 1 h practical works.
6. Oral cavity hard tissue surgery. - 1 h lectures and 1 h practical works.
7. Neoplasms in the oral cavity. - 1 h lectures and 1 h practical works.
8. Orthodontics. Dental Restoration. - 1 h lectures and 1 h practical works.
9. Horse and herbivores dental pathology. - 1 h lectures and 1 h practical works.
10. Rodent dental pathologies. - 1 h lectures and 1 h practical works.

Requirements for awarding credit points

Theoretical and practical examination of the lecture course in practical works. At the end of the theoretical and practical course the student conducts the final test.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

Students independently carry out animal testing, diagnosis and differential diagnosis, various dental manipulations for different animal species.
Clinical and Epidemiological Case Studies (KEGA) Work: Development of the Theoretical Case Study (KEGA), using the topics offered by the lecturers or the theme chosen by the student, in agreement with the subject's manager. At least five literature sources should be used in the work and presented at the end of the course. The design of KEGA work should be done in accordance with the standards adopted by the VMF Teaching Methodology Commission.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

At the end of the Veterinary Dentistry course, the student must present the developed KEGA work and complete the final test without notes.

Compulsory reading

1. Heidi B. Lobprise and Johnathon R. Small Animal Dentistry. Blackwells Five – Minute Veterinary Consult. Clinical Companion. Wiley-Blackwell. 2007. 490 p.
2. Heidi B. Lobprise and Johnathon R. Wiggs’s Veterinary Dentistry: principles and practice. Second edition. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell, 2019. 522 p
3.Mulligan T.W., Aller M.S., Williams C.A. Atlas of Canine & Feline Dental Radiography. Trenton, New Jersey, 1998. 246 p.
4.Wiggs R.B., Lobprise H.B. Veterinary Dentistry. Principles & Practice. Lippincott-Raven, 1997. 748 p.

Further reading

1. Bellows Jan. Feline Dentistry. Oral Assessment, Treatment and Preventative Care. Wiley-Blackwell. 2010. 314 p.
2. Brook A. Niemiec. Veterinary Periodontology. Wiley-Blackwell. 2013. 358 p.

3. Javer Collados Soto. Visual atlas of oral pathologies in dogs. Grupo Asis Biomedia. 2016. 173 p.

Periodicals and other sources

1. The Veterinary Journal. ISSN 1090-0233.
2. Journal of Veterinary Dentistry.
3. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (J Am Vet Med Assoc; JAVMA). 2000-2016, USA: American Medical Assoc. ISSN 0003-1488.

4. Journal of Small Animal Practice (J Small Anim Pract). 2000-2016, UK: British Small Animal Veterinarian Association. ISSN 0022-4510.


Choices course of study programme Veterinary medicine, 8th semester. Practicals in small groups.