Dentistry essentials for companion animal practice

The best priced dental workshop in New Zealand lead by two local specialists.

With pets living longer, dentistry now makes up a significant component of companion animal practice and practice income. Do you want to offer your dental patients and their client’s better outcomes? Do you want to offer a dental service that would be considered world’s best practice? Do you want to improve your dental skills with supervised hands-on training? Do you want to utilise industry leading equipment to make dental care easier?

This highly engaging hands-on workshop provides the opportunity to put your newly learnt skills in to practice on cadaver dogs under the supervision and guidance of experienced tutors. You will get the opportunity to remove all types of teeth and will learn how to take good quality dental x-rays.


Dates and location

Workshop: Tuesday 27 & Wednesday 28 August 2024
Location: Massey University, Palmerston North


This is a two-day workshop comprising of lectures on day one and a practical on day two. Schedule [PDF]


  • Periodontal structure
  • Pain management
  • Extraction techniques and complications
  • X-ray techniques and radiographic interpretation

Learning objectives

  • Increase understanding in oral anatomy and the anatomical landmarks for successful local anaesthesia.
  • Improved knowledge of gingival flap techniques for soft tissue defects in the oral cavity.
  • Increased confidence in performing surgical extractions and handling extraction complications.
  • Learn new techniques for extracting teeth with a new minimally invasive approach.
  • Improve skill in taking and interpreting dental radiographs

Learning outcomes

  • To understand the steps involved in successfully performing surgical tooth extractions.
  • Improve oral surgery skills when handling both soft and hard oral tissues.
  • Enjoy your dentistry with your newly gained skills and utilising quality instrumentation.


Angus Fechney BVSc, DAVDC

Angus currently runs a small animal dental referral business based in Palmerston North. In 2014 he finished a six-year stint coordinating primary clinical companion animal service and final year undergraduate teaching within the Massey University Veterinary Teaching Hospital. After completing a residency program, he passed his American Board exams in Small Animal Dentistry in 2022 and is now a Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College. He currently teaches dentistry to the senior vet students at Massey as well as providing referral dental services visiting several clinics around central New Zealand. He is also fortunate enough to provide a dental referral service for all the varied animals, big and small, of Wellington Zoo. Angus has several years of experience teaching veterinary colleagues in a practical setting and is passionate about all things dental.

Janine van Dam BVSc, MANZCVS

Janine graduated as a vet from Massey University in 1997. She worked in a mixed practice in Southland for two years before travelling to the United Kingdom to work as a companion animal vet and travel the globe. Janine’s passion for dentistry developed when she returned to New Zealand in 2008. Aware of the massive changes that have taken place in the field since graduating, she attended a number of continuing education courses in dentistry in New Zealand and overseas. In 2016 Janine attained membership to the Australian and NZ College of Veterinary Surgeons in Small Animal Dentistry and Oral Surgery. She continues to locum in general practice in Christchurch and in 2016 started a dental referral service Pet Dentistry Ltd. Janine sees referral cases from anywhere in the South Island from a Christchurch clinic. She has given presentations on dentistry to NZVA regional branches in the South Island, has done many in clinic dental presentations around NZ to receptionists, nurses and vets and also assisted in many dental workshops at the training centre in Wigram, Christchurch. Janine’s goal is to inspire other vets to increase their standard of care and knowledge in the field of dentistry.

Craig Hunger BVSC, MANZCVS

Craig graduated from Massey University in 1998. Since then he has worked in clinical practice, both in New Zealand and the UK. During this time, Craig developed an interest in small animal dentistry, culminating in him attaining his membership from the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in Small Animal Dentistry and Oral Surgery in 2012. He owns and operates the Manukau Veterinary Referral Centre, a small animal dental and surgical referral clinic in Auckland and also provides in-clinic dental training. Craig is passionate about raising the profile and standard of small animal dentistry in New Zealand, by providing education to vets and nurses.


NZVA member: $1435 | Non-member: $2870


Shannon Leader
Events Manager


This course is made possible by the support of iM3 and SVS