AEDP Diploma Course 2018
Applications for the second 2018 course have now closed. Training is due to commence on 22 October 2018.
AEDP Diploma Course 2019
The first course of 2019 commences with distance education on 25 March 2019. Download our brochure here: Equine Dental Training Brochure 2019
Career Choice: Equine Dentistry
Training with the Australian Equine Dental Practice has been a stepping stone to a career for many. Consideration for what the horse experiences during treatment takes priority and treatment methods associated with this make the training widely respected. We endeavour to teach genuine candidates a caring approach that uses effective and measured methods which respect the natural structure of equine dentition with the aim of restoring dental conformation over a period of time. No other persons are accredited by AEDP founder Peter Borgdorff to teach these methods. The word 'academy' or 'school' is not used, because the AEDP course is a private course and there is no national training accreditation by government for this Diploma-level equine dentistry training.
In-depth courses to Diploma level have been provided over quite a few years by the AEDP with the purpose of enabling successful trainees to practice as Diploma-qualified equine dental practitioners in the field of equine dentistry. These courses are typically 28 weeks in duration for non-veterinarians. Particular focus is on the provision of skills where veterinary education is completely inadequate. Yet we consider collaboration with veterinarians a mainstay in complex cases so the best standard of wholistic care can be provided. AEDP trained Equine Dentists broadly carry out what is in the Diploma competencies as they were proposed by stakeholders through AgriFood Skills. The AEDP Diploma qualification provides for a comprehensive equine dentistry related theory subject base in conjunction with extensive practical competencies.
The course currently offered by the Australian Equine Dental Practice, has been developed by an experienced equine dental practitioner acutely aware of which course content is required to provide the best equine dental care model. From evolutionary anatomy and disease processes to treatment planning and nutritional advice, the intensive equine dentistry course goes well beyond that of other courses or traineeships currently offered by other organisations or institutions. The key is the process by which broad, yet in-depth knowledge leads to a sound diagnostic and treatment approach which respects natural dental function. Whether you are a Veterinary Surgeon and would like to do a Postgraduate course or are an experienced horse professional who wants to train for a Certificate, contact us and we can provide you relevant course information for you.
Equine Dentistry in Australia
There are a number of issues to consider when deciding on how to learn skills required to practice equine dentistry. 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 must be carried out correctly. It must avoid the use of bad equipment and aggressive treatment, frequently with basic power tools. Owners of horses should be aware of the hazards of removing substantial amounts of dental material and even more so when burrs or grinders are applied without continuous water cooling.
Since 2006 Peter Borgdorff has worked hard and spent a considerable amount of money for the preparation of the national accreditation of the Certificate IV and a Diploma of Equine Dentistry. He was a member of the National Reference Group (Agrifoods) on behalf of the National Equine Dental Practitioners Inc. (NEDP)and the AEDP. Properly informed veterinarians strongly support the work of NEDP members and our ethics. They work with us regularly and do not engage in anti-competitive behaviour.
Informal or basic level training was provided before 1999 to Peter Lane (VIC), Mark Old (NZ) Heather Bain (VIC) and Gary Rawlings (ACT). Accordingly, they have not been awarded AEDP Certificates or Diplomas.
It has come to our attention that Barry Stephan from the Albury Wodonga area is making the following claims:
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