The other month you may have noticed the absence of Dr Colin's smiling face at Pascoe Vale; this is because he was jet-setting around the US trying to squeeze more facts into his little brain. Not surprisingly it was all focused on advanced veterinary dentistry. The sabbatical started in in Las Vegas attending the largest veterinary conference in the world. This was merely an aperitif for what was to come, as at the conclusion of the conference a short flight took Dr Colin to Phoenix for two weeks of one-on-one master-classes and hanging out with some of the best veterinary dentists in the world. Dr Colin fine-tuned advanced techniques on everything from root canals to fitting crowns. While he was away, he kept a diary of his activities and here are some excerpts:
"Getting over the jetlag is pretty important so what better way than to get caught in a hail storm whilst getting a selfie at the "welcome to Las Vegas" sign.,. Then hiding in the Harley Davidson showroom for the storm to pass... And finally putting half a million dollars’ worth of bling on my wrist? Oh, and seeing an original 60s Shelby Cobra.
Keith Urban played to a packed house of attendees and even gave a signed guitar away to a devoted fan. There may have also been a bit more window shopping for "in my dreams" memories. And seeing the spectacle of it snowing in Vegas... Not many people can remember seeing snow here before.
The musical instrument museum in Phoenix is one of the best and most comprehensive in the world. Not only was there an exhibition on the evolution of the electric guitar but also another 6000 or so instruments on display from around the world. They had the actual Gibson Les Paul prototype and the oldest known surviving full sized guitar.
Highlights in the last few days have been saving a little woodpecker (not related to any dental issues!), a masterclass on rotary instrumentation of the upper 4th Premolar and the views of Phoenix from Usery Mountain Regional Park.
It's definitely been a fantastic opportunity to pick the brains of some of the best veterinary dental specialists in the world. It's given me the space to learn, reflect and be inspired."
Colin comes back with a wealth of knowledge about your pet’s teeth and regularity accepts referrals from surrounding clinics. Welcome back Dr Colin!