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    09-01-2010, 12:34 AM
Equine Dentistry?

I am heavily considering chosing equine dentistry as my major in college. Now that I'm in college, I'm really starting to look at my options. Here is my thinking:

I need to make a lot of money (who doesn't?!) so the first option would be a vet. However, I know how hard vets work and how little time they have to really be involved with their personal lives. I also see that it is a hard & dangerous job, with emergency calls, surgeries, and angry horses who do not like to be poked with needles. The school would also be difficult, or at least my research of OSU (where I plan on going) I found that it's a hard program to get into/stay in. I know equine dentistry will be a lot like vet school, and I will probably have to go through some of the same classes, then again there will be a few I won't have to go through. I am having trouble researching this specific major, but I have seen a few sources that say that interning earns $35,000-$75,000 per year, and I saw a case where someone makes $125,000 per year after 5 years of interning and actually has less work than when they were interning.

So, what is the demand on Equine Dentistry? I know it probably depends on the area, but I'm just looking for an average, or your best guess and thoughts on this whole post. I have been advised before to just get a job as a nurse or something not having to do with horses (because I know it is mostly difficult to make money doing horse-related jobs), and just use that money for my passion for horses.

Anyway, it's long and I apologize, but I trust everyone's judgement here :)
Thanks for reading!
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    09-01-2010, 12:48 AM
Dang it, I just read somewhere that to administer a sedative or use power tools you have to be a DVM...

So that would mean being a vet anyway. Oh well, any thoughts?
    09-01-2010, 08:10 AM
Originally Posted by Eliz    
Dang it, I just read somewhere that to administer a sedative or use power tools you have to be a DVM...
This is true. At least in my state. One of the reasons lots of people call for vet rather than dentist. Including myself.

I can't really tell about the demand, but in local horse newspaper we have lots of "Dentist" advertisements. I assume because it's very fast (and very cheap comparing to the vet education) people just do it (same with farriers BTW). Also most people around I know prefer vet over the dentist (because they usually combine shots, coggins and all that during one visit).

Personally, if you have a real desire I'd go the "vet" road. Both equine vets I used have enough time to own and mess with horses (one even did breeding for number of years).

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