BVDA/ BSAVA 'Drylabs' Thursday 2nd April 2020 - Cancelled due to Covid. We hope to run this in 2021.

Dear BVDA member,

We are pleased to announce a new venture for the BVDA on the day after our annual Scientific meeting next year in Birmingham. We will be running two drylab (models, not cadavers) practical sessions in conjunction with the BSAVA in the Austin Court at the ICC during the BSAVA Congress. Registration is open to both BSAVA and BVDA members, and will be limited to 20 delegates in each lab, so early booking is essential. The details are:

09.30- 12.30 Thursday 2nd April 2020

Root Canal Treatment – A Practical Overview 


Tom Williams BVSc MANZCVS (Small Animal Dentistry and Oral Surgery) MRCVS

Megan Clark BDS (Hons) Bsc (Hons) AKC


Most vets know and accept that a tooth with a non-vital or exposed pulp requires treatment but all too often the only option considered is extraction. As well as offering an interactive practical session demonstrating the basic concepts of root canal treatments, the tutors will talk you through how to recognise a tooth with a non-vital pulp and how to recognise which teeth are suitable candidates, or just as importantly, which teeth aren’t. We will go through the recommended materials and equipment required along with some golden rules to ensure that treatment failures are identified and kept to a minimum.

By the end of this session you should be able to:

  • Identify suitable cases for root canal treatment or when to refer
  • Understand the basic concepts of root canal treatment
  • Be aware of complications and follow up recommendations

14.00– 17.00 Thursday 2nd April 2020

Dentistry: Introduction to composites and non-invasive jaw fracture repair


Alix Freeman BVSc MRCVS and Andrew Perry BVSc DipEVDC MRCVS

Helping you get to grips with commonly used resin composites and their applications in non-invasive jaw fracture repair in cats and dogs. We will review methods for stabilisation of jaw fractures using the concept of restoration of occlusion to enable bone apposition and secondary bony healing. This  dry lab is aimed at general practitioners and we would expect participants to be able to apply these techniques in practice upon completion of the lab.

By the end of this session you should be able to:


  1. To understand the different types of composites available and methods for their use
  2. Understand the indications for, and be able to place an intraoral wire and acrylic splint to stabilise a mandibular symphyseal separation
  3. Be able to understand the indications for and place a composite maxillo-mandibular fixation in a cat

The cost for each drylab will be £100.00, and delegates will need to be attending the BSAVA Congress either on a Day Ticket (not the free Exhibition only one) or on a Whole congress ticket, and therefore will have access to the rest of Congress as well on that day. BVDA members who are also BSAVA members should sign up via the BSAVA Congress Registration page BVDA members who are not BSAVA members, and want to register for both drylabs should either email  or telephone the Registration office on 01452 726720 to book a day ticket at BSAVA member rates. Please check the generous concessions BSAVA offer to young graduates (until 3 year qualified), students, post grads, residents and interns.

BSAVA are providing not only the registration facility for these drylabs, but also the room hire. Equipment and some of the consumables will be kindly provided by iM3.

The program for the Annual Scientific day on Wednesday 1st April, in the Austin Court Lodge rooms at the ICC Birmingham, is nearing completion. There will be two streams -a Foundation stream for those starting out on their dental career, and an Advanced stream, with the main topic being Periodontology. Our headline speaker is the world renowned Professor Ian Chapple, head of the Birmingham Dental School. Registration will be open in January via the new BVDA website. If you have not already logged onto the Members area with a current email address, we would urge you to do so, since from 1/1/20 all communication to members will be via email, and we want to encourage all membership renewals and meeting registrations to be carried out on-line.

Kind regards

Paul Cooper BVSc MRCVS

President BVDA

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