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Webinar: 2020 Dental Small Animal Specialists Meeting 8-15-20
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Webinar: 2020 Dental Small Animal Specialists Meeting 8-15-20

When: Live On: Saturday, August 15, 2020
Where: Virtual Webinar
United States
Contact: 602-242-7936

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 Session Details

Register to watch the recorded webinars "Dental Small Animal Specialists Meeting". After registering you will receive an emailed confirmation containing access information to view all THREE parts. Each part contains a separate video link and password. After viewing each of the three recorded webinar parts, completion of a single quiz is required to earn the 3 CE credits. 


Join us on Saturday, August 15, 2020 from 9:00 AM - 12:20 pm for the AzVMA's Zoom Webinar, Dental Small Animal Specialists Meeting.

  • This session has been designed for veterinarians & technicians.
  • Approved for 3 CE Hours by Arizona Academy of Veterinary Practice

Webinar Rates:

  • AzVMA Member: $75
  • Non-member: $100
  • VHCTAz Member & Students: $30
  • Non-VHCTAz Member: $50

Important Webinar Information:

  • Note: CE credit will only be awarded to those who watch the entire webinars (3 sessions total).
  • If unable to watch the interactive, live webinar you may earn CE credit by viewing the recorded webinar and completing a 3-question quiz per session. Instructions for the quiz will be provided via email from
  • Zoom TutorialJoining and participating in a webinar (attendee)


This webinar will be broken into 3 parts for one (1) hour each with a 10 minute break in between each session. Please note that each part has its own webinar access link and password.

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Part 1: An Update on the Treatment of Periodontal Disease
Sandra Manfra Marretta, DVM, DACVS, DAVDC

 10:10 AM - 11:10 AM

Part 2: Juvenile Dental Disorders
Michael Balke, DVM, FAVD, DAVDC

 11:20 AM - 12:20 PM

Part 3: Human Factors and Medical Mistakes in Veterinary Medicine
Victoria Lukasik, DVM, DAVCAA


Part 1: An Update on the Treatment of Periodontal Disease

Discussion Topics:

  • Recognize common clinical presentations of periodontal disease (PD)
  • Recognize uncommon clinical presentations of PD
  • Interpret PD findings of oral examinations and dental radiographs
  • Recognize four stages of PD and select appropriate treatment options
  • Recognize complications of PD and select appropriate treatment plans
Part 2: Juvenile Dental Disorders

Discussion Topics:

  • Normal pediatric dentition and eruption times
  • Normal and abnormal occlusions 
  • Recognize common pediatric dental issues
  • Understand how to extract deciduous teeth
  • Know treatment options for various pediatric dental issues 
Part 3: Human Factors and Medical Mistakes in Veterinary Medicine

Discussion Topics:

  • Medical Mistakes WILL happen
  • Approach to reporting is important: no-risk
  • Better habits can be formed by evaluating mistakes constructively
  • Patient safety will increase with non-punitive reporting and systemic evaluation of what contributed to the mistake




Sandra Manfra Marretta, DVM, DACVS, DAVDC
Professor Emerita University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Sandra Manfra Marretta received her DVM degree from Cornell University in 1977. She completed an internship, surgical residency and clinical dentistry training at The Animal Medical Center. She obtained Diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1985. She became a Charter Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College in 1988. She recently became a Professor Emeritus in Small Animal Surgery and Dentistry at the University of Illinois after 23 years of service. She is the author of over 250 publications including journal articles, chapters, abstracts and proceedings. She is the winner of numerous awards including the 2002 AAHA Veterinarian of the Year, The Animal Medical Center Alumna of the Year Award, The University of Illinois’ Campus Award for Excellence in Graduate and Professional Teaching, and University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine’s All-Round Excellence Award. 


Michael Balke, DVM, FAVD, DAVDC
Arizona Veterinary Dental Specialists East

Dr. Michael Balke received his B.S. in biology in 1999 and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2003 from the University of Missouri. After graduation he worked as a general practice, small animal veterinarian in St. Louis, Missouri with an interest in dentistry. Dr. Balke joined Arizona Veterinary Dental Specialists in August 2012 and completed his veterinary dental residency and fellowship under the guidance of Drs. Chris Visser, Curt Coffman and Glenn Brigden. Dr. Balke is a Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC) and also a Fellow of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry (AVD). Dr. Balke’s interests are oral and maxillofacial surgery, endodontic and periodontal therapy. He is a member of the Foundation of Veterinary Dentistry, American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the Arizona Veterinary Medical Association (AZVMA). Dr. Balke enjoys presenting lectures on veterinary dental topics at local, national and international meetings. Dr. Balke currently serves on the examination committee of the American Veterinary Dental College, board of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry and chair of the Phoenix Zoo Animal Health Committee. Dr. Balke is the medical director of Arizona Veterinary Dental Specialists.


Victoria Lukasik, DVM, DAVCAA
Southwest Veterinary Anesthesiology

Dr. Victoria Lukasik received her undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona and her doctorate in veterinary medicine from Washington State University, where she was awarded the Outstanding Senior Student in Medicine and Surgery (across all disciplines) and the Dorothy Eggerman Memorial Compassion Award. Dr. Lukasik completed her residency in anesthesiology at Cornell University and received her Diplomate status from the American College of Veterinary Medicine (DACVA) in anesthesia in 1997.

Dr. Lukasik has received awards from the American College of Veterinary Anesthesiologists, American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), research awards from the National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute, and actively participates on a committee at the National Cancer Institute. In addition, Dr. Lukasik is involved in research at the Arizona Health Sciences Center at the University of Arizona and has published numerous professional articles and contributed to textbooks on the field of anesthesia. She is a nationally and internationally recognized speaker and has been presented with several professional awards, including one for compassion. Dr. Lukasik likes to hike with her big, mixed breed dog Jackpot. She has African Chiclid fish, Guinea Pigs, a blue tongued skink (a lizard from Australia), and has stewardship of a desert tortoise. The desert tortoise was previously attacked by dogs and cannot be released back into the wild, so Dr. Lukasik planted a garden for him with all edible native plants. Her outside interests include hiking and piloting.



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Cancellation Policy: Cancellations before 8-13-20 will receive refunds in full. No-shows or cancellations received after 8-13-20 will be charged the full amount.