NAVC Offers Dentistry Summit to Combat Oral Disease in Pets

The free virtual event aims to help veterinary professionals develop their dental care skills and knowledge

According to the North American Veterinary Community (NAVC), oral diseases are common in pets, but among the least understood because clinical signs are usually subtle or absent. Patients with dental disease often suffer and lack clinical signs, the organization said in a press release.

As part of February Pet Dental Health Month, NAVC will be offering Level Up: Dentistry on Thursday, February 24, 2022, a free virtual event open to veterinary professionals worldwide. This event marks the second offering in the new Level Up educational series available through

“Untreated oral diseases can lead to many health problems in animals,” said Dana Varble, DVM, CAE, chief veterinarian for NAVC. “With consistent and thorough evaluation and treatment by the veterinary care team, many dental issues that our pets may develop can be resolved in general medicine and without having to refer the animal to a specialist. C is a benefit for everyone: the veterinary clinic, the client and, above all, the patient.

Next Level: Dentistry will address dental techniques that veterinary professionals can immediately apply in their respective clinics, enabling members of the primary care veterinary team to improve their client relationships and patient care.

The Level Up: Dentistry includes 3 interactive sessions, including the following:

The Gold Standard—Steps to a COHAT: Mary L. Berg, BS, RVT, RLATG, VTS (dentistry), president of Beyond the Crown Veterinary Education, will guide participants through the proper steps of Comprehensive Oral Health Assessment and Treatment (COHAT) and explain why it’s more than just a tooth cleaning.

Management of difficult extractions and extraction complications in dogs: There are many possible reasons a dog might need a tooth extracted, whether it’s due to a broken bone or periodontal disease, according to NAVC. Sandra Manfra Marretta, DVM, DACVS, AVDC, professor emeritus of small animal surgery and dentistry at the University of Illinois, will lead a discussion on how to make difficult extractions in dogs more efficient, less traumatic, and with less of complications.

Difficulties opening and closing the mouth: Differentials and treatments: When confronted with a patient who has difficulty opening their mouth, the clinician faces challenges that are often life-threatening. Boaz Arzi, DVM, DAVDC, DEVDC, FF-AVDC-OMFS, associate professor of dentistry and oral surgery in the department of surgical and radiological sciences, UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, will educate practitioners on possible differential diagnosis, imaging , and treatment options.

Higher Level: Dentistry participants will receive 3 continuing education credits. To learn more about the program or to register, visit

“Participation in Level Up: Dentistry is open to veterinarians and veterinary nurses and technicians who are partners in the care of our animals,” said Gene O’Neill, CEO of NAVC, in an organizational press release. “This free summit is another example of NAVC’s commitment to providing unparalleled opportunities that foster lifelong learning for the veterinary community while furthering the advancement of animal care everywhere.”

The Level Up virtual series is part of NAVC’s VirtualXP division, launched last October with a global summit for veterinary nurses and technicians. Using VirtualXP, NAVC offers a portfolio of virtual learnings and events tailored to individual learning preferences. VirtualXP complements NAVC’s industry-leading in-person events and includes interactive virtual summits, live webinars, and the VetFolio Bytes micro-learning video series.


The North American Veterinary Community Summit Level Up: Dentistry Summit helps veterinary professionals expand their oral care skills and knowledge. Press release. NAVC. February 17, 2022. Accessed February 18, 2022.

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