NFCO (Not for the Casual Operator)
With increasing awareness of the importance of oral health for our companion animals, there is increased demand for and interest in providing proper dental care. For most practitioners, this will mean attending continuing professional development to learn more than was taught at veterinary college. To meet this demand, there is an ever-increasing number of opportunities to attend lectures/webinars/wetlabs and view online articles and videos. While these resources can certainly be of value, the general practitioner needs to be aware a few hours of lecture and lab will not prepare them to perform advanced procedures on live patients. There are a great many dental procedures that would be considered “NFCO” or Not for the Casual Operator.
For more, have a look at this pdf – NFCO
For those practitioners who are really interested in being able to offer more advanced dental care, consider enrolling in a residency program through the American Veterinary Dental College. The AVDC offers both full-time programs (quit your job, move to the residency site and work there full time) and part-time programs (keep your current job, remain where you live with a prescribed number of visitation days with your supervisor over the course of the program). At the end of either program, you would be eligible to sit the qualifying examinations to become a Board-Certified Veterinary Dentist(TM).