The AVA Annual Conference is the nation’s premier veterinary event, covering all fields of veterinary science and in 2017 brought together over 920 veterinary professionals and 115 exhibitors.

We hope you will join us for the 2018 AVA Annual Conference in Brisbane, 13-18 May.    
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Wednesday, May 16 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Benign oral tumors

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Benign oral tumours are those tumours which can arise from the gingivae, oral mucosa, tongue, tonsil, bone or dental structures. Oral tumours are further divided into odontogenic (those tumours arising from elements involved in tooth development) and non-odontogenic tumours (arising from non-dental tissues of the oral cavity). The most common benign oral tumours fall into the family of Epulides (odontogenic tumours). These tumours are benign, but can be locally aggressive and account for over 30% of all oral tumours in the dog. They are rare in the cat. Epulides are very common benign tumours that if left untreated can become traumatised, ulcerated, or grow to a significant size before detection. They can be confused with other types of oral swellings or growths. They are responsive to surgical intervention and early detection assists in complete surgical removal. The Epulides have been reclassified and are now known as Peripheral Odontogenic Fibromas (POF) or Canine Acanthomatous Ameloblastoma (CAA). They can arise from the gingivae near teeth or the periodontal ligament of a tooth. Often tooth extraction forms a component of the surgical management. This lecture will look at the management of the common benign oral tumours found in dogs, including diagnosis, surgical treatment, prognosis and aftercare.

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Tony Caiafa

Veterinary Dentist, The Smile Centre
Graduated University of Melbourne BVSc 1978 Graduated Dux of class University of melbourne BDSc 1998 MANCVS Small animal surgery, Small animal dentistry and oral surgery Lectured, authored many times in the field of Veterinary dentistry both within Australia and worldwide. Currently... Read More →

Wednesday May 16, 2018 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Mezzanine M2 Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre