Please refer to the Home Page for
information about each specific AEDP Diploma course such as costs and dates.
2. PRIVATE TRAINING
5. FOOD FOR
are a number of issues to consider when deciding on how to learn equine
dentistry. Please be aware of the following important information
when making your training choice:
- Australia currently has no nationally endorsed equine dentistry course in operation. There is only a
state accredited Certificate IV 'Work Practices for Equine Dental
Technicians' course which inadequately addresses the industry needs
which have been documented by AgriFoods and which has resulted in a
nationally endorsed Certificate IV in Equine Dentistry. Due to funding
cutbacks there is no institution which has introduced this much more
comprehensive course. A nationally endorsed Diploma in Equine
Dentistry course is currently 'work in progress'.
- Equine dentistry may be a suitable
career for caring, fastidious and reputable people. The industry needs
those who base their career on methods that are sound and proven by the
test of time.
- Different courses teach different
methods. Some are science based, some are not.
- Equine dental treatment is not
always carried out correctly. Often this is due to the use of bad
equipment or to 'advanced' or 'over' treatment, frequently with power
tools. Owners of horses are not aware of the hazards of removing
substantial amounts of dental material especially when burrs or grinders
are applied without water cooling. In some cases water-cooled diamond
coated high speed equipment is useful to correct certain abnormalities.
- Operating a dental practice
requires more than just a basic knowledge of dentistry. There are ethical
and business matters to be dealt with as part of the operation of a
- Manual treatment equipment may
appear basic but has been designed for good oral access with a minimum of
stress to the horse. Efforts by some to introduce crude power tools goes
contrary to good practice and consideration of the horse. The need to
sedate a large percentage of horses must also be
- Quality work is regarded highly by
clients who have had the opportunity to examine the dentist's work.
However, some succumb to peer group pressure when it comes to selecting
an equine dentist.
- Membership of most associations is
not a guarantee of continuous quality control. Clients are left to learn
from bad experiences and often the horse's health
with the Australian Equine
Dental Practice is private, non-government endorsed training and
consists of distance education after which there is an
intensive on-site teaching and training period. Free from
government restraints and the teaching of irrelevant subjects -course
padding- much new material has been
introduced since commencement of the course and the course duration has been extended. Twelve months
of coaching support follows the training
There are two types of
- Diploma for persons with
suitable education, knowledge and horse skills
- Postgraduate training for
The element of observation to learn
procedures and techniques is very important during the on-site portion of
the training. Dissections are done at abattoirs and business practices are
also taught. These subjects and many others allow trainees to get a
fundamental grasp on the subject of equine dentistry and conduct their own
business. Upon successful completion you will receive a diploma from the
Australian Equine Dental Practice.
Upon acceptance of your training
application, you become a Trainee of the Practice. Following successful
training you become a Diplomate Equine Dentist.
Fees for DED training
Additionally, there is an application
fee to accompany the training application form. This fee
is not refundable. Please ask any questions relevant to your intentions
prior to applying. You may call +61 (0)414 566 789 or E-mail to discuss your
- an initial fee payable before commencement of training. (Same fee for veterinary
- a second fee payable on or before the commencement date.(Same fee for veterinary Postgraduate
training) Please refer to brochures on the home page to download the latest fee information.
Twelve months after completing training you
may become Diplomate
after further proficiency tests. The objective in having staged grades is to
encourage continued improvement of equine dentists. Training fees for DED
also include the benefits
noted below under par. 4.
Potential trainees should note that a
set of standard treatment equipment is not included. Please download the relevant Training Brochure from the home page.
Make a small allowance for books, stationary and your printing of lecture notes.
Accommodation and meals in Melbourne can be arranged at a modest charge.
Included in the training fees
- Theoretical and practical tuition
in equine dentistry.
- Two text books and course study notes for personal
- Reasonable support and advice for your practice for the first 12
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Some of the AEDP views and
- Good work practices avoid the use
of drugs and tranquillizers but when they are necessary they must be
administered by a veterinary surgeon. Many 'dentists' routinely sedate
many horses because of the agressive methods used. The use of drugs
other than by veterinary surgeon or under direct instruction from a
veterinary surgeon is illegal in virtually every country of the
- Filing is a delicate matter and
too much filing may cause the horse to: spill feed when trying to chew,
wash out its mouth in water and excrete an excessive quantity of whole
fibre and oats in the manure. These factors have the potential to cause
- Removing material off the molars
by filing can diminish the horse's chewing ability. For example, one
tooth completely smoothened on the left and the right molar arcade such
as done by some to create a bit seat, means the loss of more than 15% of
the total feed grinding surface of the horse.
- The 'bit seat' concept is not
supported by this practice as this implies the bit is seated on the teeth, where it should
not be. Proponents of this treatment will file the first bottom molar
teeth down to the gumline. This may lead to:
- Exposure of pulp chambers in the teeth.
- Loss of essential dental
material for grinding the feed (see previous
- Encouraging the horse to
clench and grind the bit at will as the bit can be easily pulled
between the teeth by the rider or driver. This can make the horse a
'puller' which who not responsive to the bit. It is important that the bit rests in
front of the first lower
molars which ensures the
horse will be much more responsive to the bit and therefore the rider.
Injury will be prevented and the horse will be very comfortable if the
corners of these molars are moderately rounded by the dentist.
- The Australian Equine Dental
Practice considers methods such as cutting any teeth with forceps
unacceptable due to the risk of causing longitudinal fractures in the
teeth. Using power grinders to grind down the first molar teeth is not
necessary. Substantial grinding of teeth without application of a
cooling medium may cause teeth to overheat which may result in the loss
of the tooth. The impact of burrs may cause small fractures of the
teeth. Experienced dentists can accomplish most reductions by manual
filing without causing excessive discomfort or trauma to the unsedated
- The cutting or grinding down of
the incisors in horses with a normal molar bite is incorrect as nature
itself adjusts their level provided molars are not excessively filed;
exceptions are the treatment of incisor shearmouth, correction required
due to absent incisors and a limited number of other
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