Over a month ago, I completed a great veterinary dental online course offered by the University of Illinois as a prerequisite for my senior advanced small animal dental course. This course is part of the continuing education program developed for all vet students and veterinarians. It is offered twice a year, during fall and spring semester. I enrolled for the fall semester that ran from September 4th to January 6th. I completed this course by the first week of January.
The course has 8 modules that include videos, PDF lectures, and quizzes that you must complete by the end of each module. It takes three to four hours to complete each module. Some topics discussed included canine and feline dental anatomy, extraction techniques, veterinary dental radiography, periodontal diseases, management of oral tumors and treatments. My favorite topic was recognition and management of oral tumors. I enjoyed learning more about the most common tumors in cats and dogs such as melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and fibrosarcoma. Now, I can identify the clinical signs and the gross and radiographic characteristics of malignant and benign tumors in cat and dogs.
This online course was very interesting, well-organized, and made it easy to learn at my own pace from home. I only needed my laptop and a high-speed internet connection. I had to pass all the quizzes with a score of 80% or higher and it allowed me to re-take the quizzes if I did not pass on my first try. Also, the price was affordable and cheaper than other online CE courses. I recommend this course whether or not you are interested in small animal dentistry. I am sure it will help you to gain new dental skills!