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post #1 of 6 Old 12-07-2013, 04:57 AM Thread Starter
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Equine Dentistry

Today I had a dentist visit Dozer for the first time since I've leased him, and some things we talked about got me thinking.

This man traveled a good 4 hours and saw around 25 horses today, with some more tomorrow before he returns home. He does many of the racing stables, and even travels to America. To me, that means that he's pretty darn good.

But when we got talking, he said that he can't find anyone interested in learning, even with him offering to pay for training. That shocked me. This man is in high demand, and yet no one wants to learn from him?

So it got me thinking. It's not something I've ever considered as a career before and the thought of sticking my hand in a horses' mouth is a little disgusting, but it's not all that different to when Dozer drools all over me, or when I hold his tongue to the side to try and worm the bugger.

Does anyone here have any experience in working in equine dentistry? I'm very curious as to just what is involved. At the moment it's just an idea in the back of my mind, and one that my parents seem to think is a great idea.
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post #2 of 6 Old 12-07-2013, 05:07 AM
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In the U.S., the requirements for equine dentistry vary from state to state. In North Carolina, only a vet can (legally) practice equine dentistry, so here an "equine dentist" is a vet specializing in dentistry.

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post #3 of 6 Old 12-27-2013, 09:03 PM
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I do not know how other countries are or even states are but in Ohio you need to be a vet to preform dentistry on horses, if you are not, it's illegal.

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post #4 of 6 Old 01-03-2014, 09:56 AM
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In Texas you don't have to be a vet to do chiro work or dental work on a horse. There are several colleges here that have equine degrees that focus on the chiro and dental side of horse health care. Tarleton State is probably the most recognized for having an outstanding equine college program...and a really good college rodeo team.
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post #5 of 6 Old 01-10-2014, 10:16 AM
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Sounds like a great idea! The more well trained specialists we have the better I say :) why not ask your dentist if you can do a weeks work experience with him and get a better feel as to what you're in for :)
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post #6 of 6 Old 01-10-2014, 10:17 AM
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Annnnd if you change your mind ... Let us know hehehee that's a career I would very much like to pursue too :)
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