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2. PRIVATE TRAINING
5. FOOD FOR THOUGHT
6. AUTHOR'S BACKGROUND
There are a number of ways to learn equine dentistry. Many people undertake courses of varying types such as those in the US,
some receive private training and there are others who teach themselves.
One needs to consider a number of issues:
Different courses teach different methods. There appears to be a lack of science based teaching.
Not all dental treatment is correctly done. Some of it is due to the use of bad equipment and some due to 'over' treatment,
usually with power tools. One can often see signs of treatment being done in a hurry or being done without allowing the
owner to be fully informed.
To run a dental practice requires a lot more than basic knowledge of dentistry; there are also business and information issues
Readers of books are well advised to regard the treatment and horse handling described as opinion rather than gospel.
Equipment is sometimes very basic and the efforts by some to introduce crude power tools go contrary to good practice and
consideration of the horse. The need to sedate a large percentage of horses should be questioned.
Equine dentistry is a suitable career for caring, meticulous and reputable people. The industry needs those who can base
their career on methods that are time-proven.
To my knowledge there is no equine dental association that exercises continuous quality control in equine dental treatment.
Many clients are left to learn from their wrong choices and what's more, the horse's health may suffer.
Quality work is regarded highly by clients. Qualification rarely rates a mention, reputation does.
2. PRIVATE TRAINING
The option of training with the Australian Equine Dental Practice can be compared to an apprenticeship. Training time consists of one
or more intensive periods during which theory as well as practice are dealt with. Much of the theory can be done at home with the
help of communication via E-mail. Further theory and practical work is covered during four periods of visiting clients and office
The element of observation to learn procedures and techniques is very important. Dissections are done at abattoirs and business
practices are also taught. Overall 3-4 months allows enough time for trainees to get a fundamental grasp on the subject of equine
dentistry. Upon successful completion you will receive a certificate from the Australian Equine Dental Practice. My integrity and track
record in training are respected by veterinary surgeons and clients making this training a good foundation for a career. Five people
have been trained by the Australian Equine Dental Practice and I established 2 of those in successful practices which previously
formed part of my own practice. Two of the five have subsequently received certificates from Melbourne University and one is also
the secretary of the Equine Dental Association of Australia.
Upon acceptance of your training application accompanied by a $AU150- payment, you become a Trainee Associate of the Practice.
Following initial training you become Associate Grade 3. Twelve months after completing training you can become Associate Grade 2
after further proficiency tests. There will be the opportunity to become Associate Grade 1 after another 18 months which means you
are accredited to purchase and operate the new treatment device. My objective in having staged Grades that commence from the
time a person finishes initial training, is to encourage continued improvement of equine dentists.
As per 1 December 2002 the fees for training to Grade 3 including the benefits noted under par. 4 are one of the following:
A fee of AU$2,500- payable 60 days before commencement of training plus $AU5,000- on the commencement date
Australian residents may pay an initial fee of AU$1,500- 60 days before commencement of training plus $AU3,000- on
the commencement date and 12 monthly fees of $AU295- starting on the scheduled completion of training. This allows
you to pay part of the training cost whilst working.
The application fee of $AU150- which must accompany the training application form is not refundable. Please ask any questions or
express any doubt about your suitability prior to applying.
Potential trainees should note that a set of standard treatment equipment costs an additional $AU3,200-. Add a small allowance for
books and study materials. Accommodation and meals in Melbourne are available at a nominal charge.
Included in the Grade 3 fees are:
Theoretical and practical tuition in equine dentistry.
Full set of study notes for personal use.
Certification to Grade 3.
The use of the 'Dental' Trade Mark where deemed appropriate.
Initial supply of treatment slips.
Lecture kit which can be used at horse clubs.
Web site listing for 12 months.
Support via E-mail; this supplements study and provides assistance to your practice for 12 months.
During a 12 month period people seeking treatment for their horses in your area are given your name.
Included in Grade 2 fees are:
Examination of work after one year's practice and certification to Grade 2.
Permission to use the Practice Trade Mark where deemed appropriate.
Free multi lingual web site support and listing (EN, ES, FR, NE) for 12 months.
Free support via E-mail; this supplements your study and provides practice assistance for 12 months.
Internet enquiries/ bookings for horses closest to you are passed to you; this is also for a 12 month period.
5. FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Some more views and observations:
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 methods taught in some courses appear to have questionable regard for the way nature intends the teeth to function.
Too much filing causes: feed spillage when trying to chew, the horse may wash out its mouth in its water and there will be an
excessive quantity of whole fibre and oats in the manure. Ultimately this can lead to weight loss.
Removing material off the molars by filing can diminish the horse's chewing ability. For example, one tooth completely
smoothened on the left and one the right molar arcade means the loss of one sixth of the total feed grinding surface of the
I do not support the 'bit seat' concept as this implies the bit is seated there, which it should not be. The horse will be much
more responsive to the rider if the bit rests in front of the first molars (known as the second premolars). The front of these
molars will stop the bit from sliding up thus preventing the horse from clenching and grinding on the bit at will. The horse will
be very comfortable if the corners of these molars are moderately rounded by the dentist.
I consider 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. Experienced dentists
can accomplish most reductions by manual filing without causing excessive discomfort to the unsedated horse.
The cutting or grinding down of the incisors in horses with a normal molar bite is wrong 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 so on.
It is important to investigate what standard of work other dentists deliver; don't be too quick to judge someone as proof of
competency is in multiple examinations of their work, not in 'hearsay'.
I hope this is helpful. If you provide me with feedback of your progress it may help others.
Equine Dentist - Melbourne, Australia
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