BACKGROUNDBorn in the Netherlands, Peter Borgdorff came to Australia and became involved in horses whilst running an automotive business for an uncle in country New South Wales. A visit to the town by an equine dentist aroused his interest and he then spent a short time with this equine dentist to see more of the practical side. As a course in equine dentistry was not available anywhere in the world, Peter studied from collected books and gained knowledge from libraries, veterinary colleges and lecturers. He also sourced the appropriate instruments and started treating horses after he felt he gained the necessary skills.
Although not quite according to his childhood goal of becoming a medical doctor Peter says that being able to work with horses and contribute to their health gives great satisfaction. He gets a lot of satisfaction from endeavouring to render the best possible treatment at all times, regardless of a horse's value or quality.
the Australian Equine Dental Practice in 1980 and worked for prominent
thoroughbred and harness racing families. He treated the horses of the
Australian Equestrian Team. He lectures
in colleges and for many clubs and was a founding member of the
Victorian Equine Dentists Association. In 20 years of practice he
has gained a reputation for being precise and conscientious in his
He has trained 11 equine dentists to date.
Peter Borgdorff has trained 11 equine dentists to date, 7 of which hold the (post-2000) AEDP Certificate of Equine Dentistry III:
Mary Jo Burke
Dr Tibor Sahin-Toth (Hungary)
Peter keenly tries to develop better instruments and is assisted by his passion for industrial design. He is currently developing a equine dental diagnostic and treatment unit. This instrument will revolutionize the work methods of dental professionals in the horse industry. The device ensures more hygienic procedures, safer and more accurate diagnosis and much less effort when treating horses. It will allow people who are less strong to practice much more safely, accurately and quickly. The horse experiences much less discomfort compared to traditional methods. This is in keeping with the Peter's aim to see a reduction in the administration of sedatives to horses.