Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines

Biological and Health Sciences Division
1 hour lecture, 2 hours lecture-laboratory.2 Units

Total Quarter Learning Hours: 36 (Total of All Lecture, Lecture/Lab, and Lab hours X 12)
 Lecture Hours: 1 Lab Hours: Lecture/Lab: 2
 Note: If Lab hours are specified, see item 10. Lab Content below.

Repeatability -
Statement: Not Repeatable.

Status -
 Course Status: ActiveGrading: Letter Grade with P/NP option
 Degree Status: ApplicableCredit Status: Credit
 Degree or Certificate Requirement: AS Degree
 GE Status: Non-GE

Articulation Office Information -
 Transferability: CSUValidation: 6/15/10

1. Description -
Basic principles of veterinary dentistry for the veterinary technology student. Includes dental anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, charting and instrumentation. Techniques of routine dental prophylaxis and dental assisting. Discussion of periodontal disease, modes of therapy and prevention. Introduction to common dental disorders, endodontic technique, simple extractions, and dental radiography. Course includes hands-on laboratory sessions using veterinary dental equipment, models, and live animal patients. Care and use of common instruments and equipment. Intended for students in the veterinary technology program.
Prerequisite: Admission to the Veterinary Technology Program.
Co-requisite: None
Advisory: None

2. Course Objectives -
The student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate practical knowledge of dental anatomy and physiology.
  2. relate and employ proper dental charting techniques.
  3. identify common dental instruments and equipment.
  4. explain and demonstrate the proper care, maintenance and use of common dental equipment and tools.
  5. Explain the pathophysiology of common dental disorders.
  6. recognize and discuss the therapy and prevention of periodontal disease.
  7. describe and perform a complete and thorough dental prophylaxis using hand and power dental tools.
  8. identify the components of a dental radiography unit, select the proper film and exposure factors and safely expose and process diagnostic dental radiographs.
  9. recognize common dental and oral pathology.
  10. describe and demonstrate the proper technique for performing simple extractions in veterinary patients.
  11. demonstrate the ability to competently assist the veterinarian in all aspects of veterinary dentistry.
3. Special Facilities and/or Equipment -
  1. Scrub shirt. Note taking materials. Curette, Dental Scaler, Periodontal Probe/Explorer, Arkansas flat 3" Sharpening Stone and oil.
  2. Classroom equipped with multimedia projection and presentation capabilities. Laboratory equipped with anesthetic machine, patient breathing circuits, E.C.G. and audible patient monitors, wet treatment table halogen light, hand and power dental instruments, and an autoclave. Veterinary dental models and audiovisual materials. Live animal specimens including at least dogs, cats, and housing and handling facilities for live animals.

4. Course Content (Body of knowledge) -
  1. Introduction to veterinary dentistry
  2. Dental Anatomy
    1. Regional anatomy and physiology
    2. Dental charting
  3. Dental Equipment
    1. Dental hand instruments
    2. Identification
    3. Proper holding technique and clinical use
    4. Care and maintenance
    5. Instrument sharpening
    6. Dental power equipment
      1. Identification
      2. Care and maintenance
  4. Periodontal disease
    1. Etiology
    2. Stages/Pathogenesis
    3. Treatment of Periodontal Disease
    4. The complete prophylaxis
    5. Home care instruction
    6. Gingival currettage
    7. Root planing
  5. Extraction Techniques
    1. Single rooted tooth
    2. Incisors
    3. Canine tooth
    4. Multiple-rooted tooth
    5. Carnassial tooth
  6. Dental Radiology
    1. Safety
    2. Exposure factors
    3. Positioning-bisecting angle technique
    4. Processing
  7. Dental assisting
    1. Instumentation techniques
    2. Surgical assisting
    3. Endodontics
    4. Impressions
    5. Orthodontics
  8. Common dental disorders
  9. Dental photography
5. Repeatability - Moved to header area.
6. Methods of Evaluation -
Weekly written quizzes, midterm written examinations, and a comprehensive written final examination. Attendance, participation and performance in the laboratory including periodic "bench testing" and practical examinations. Five page term paper, oral presentations or technical project evaluations.
7. Representative Text(s) -
Holmstrom, Steven E. Veterinary Dentistry for Technicians and Office Staff W. B. Saunders Co., 1999.

8. Disciplines -
Veterinary Technology
9. Method of Instruction -
Lecture, Discussion, Laboratory, Demonstration.
10. Lab Content -
Hands-on sessions using veterinary dental equipment, models, and live animal patients. Care and use of common instruments and equipment. Study of the relevant anatomy using models and live animals. Performance of a complete oral examination, dental charting, and the complete dental prophylaxis.
11. Honors Description - No longer used. Integrated into main description section.
12. Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments -
Reading Assignments: Weekly reading assignments from text, class handouts, and outside sources ranging from 50 to 100 pages per week.
Written short answer essay questions; and one five-page written case study.
13. Need/Justification -
This course is a required core course for the AS degree in Veterinary Technology.

Course status: Active
Last updated: 2014-03-22 16:24:50

Foothill CollegeApproved Course Outlines