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post #1 of 21 Old 01-25-2012, 06:20 AM Thread Starter
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Equine Dentistry-who what why where how when???

I have a question. Or a few.

I am not doing anything with my life right now, trust me ;) As my dad works for the army, I am entitled to work within the community here in Germany till the age of 24, I will be 21 in Jul.

I was thinking Sandhurst to become an officer, but my heart isn't 100% in it. One of our guys is leaving after 22 years of service and has begun, and finishing his training here

The Academy Of Equine Dentistry

He reccomended I look in to it, due to my passion for horses, and money ;)

I wanted to know if anyone has any facts on this?

I may start looking in to it, to go in a few years time once I've saved my pennies.

Thanks in advance!

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post #2 of 21 Old 01-25-2012, 06:51 AM
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I think it's a great idea. More people are taking better care of their horses & realizing that dental work is necessary for our animals. Looks like a nice school & you could probably live almost anywhere & make a good living. It's so important to be able to stand on your own & be responsible for yourself.
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Well, this is what I'm thinking.

My friend that has done this said in total for the course, and the tools cost about 30,000, but thats around 10,000 for the electric tools.

The Academy is recognised world wide, and many pesons who trained in the UK then went on to Idaho to train.

I have to sit down and think about this now, realistically.. maybe a job to think in to- you'd make the money back for sure, it pays well in the long run, and then maybe think about getting another horse in a few years.

I also need to do my driving.
Pay off a loan which I have 1400 left on.
Can I cope not having a horse for that long?? xD
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Sophie, I can only speak from my experience in US (can be different in Europe). But here's what I was told/know. Dental Academy here is MUCH cheaper and faster then going to the vet school. Dentists (in my state) charge about the same amount vet would do and are in high demand (as many people prefer to use dentist over the vet). So IMO it's a good job that gives you pretty good money. And less dangerous comparable to, say, farrier (because most people I know (me including) prefer to sedate the horse before the procedure). So if you have a heart for it then why not?

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Hmm.... hmm.. .hmmm.. you have me thinking xD

Only problem is out here, and my dad said its the same in UK is tax is VERY high. I think I need to do some more research in to this before I jump in head first ;)
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What do you concider t be very high tax? also you do not pay tax whilst you are a student in full time education.

I've paid anywhere between 35 and 140 for an EDT to do my pony depending on the work needing doing.

Most poeple prefer to use a dentist because they are better then vets for teeth. However sedation of the horses normaly only happens at the request of the dentist as in the UK only a vet can sedate a horse.

Reeco was done without sedation this time as we didnt know how he would react and now we have seen how good he is for them he will not be sedated in future. Infact the onhly time I've ever sedated one of mine for a dental procedure was when pride had to have a tooth removed! A friend of mine has a horse who is known to be bad with his teeth so he is always sedated.

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also you do not pay tax whilst you are a student in full time education.
faye, are you talking about working as a student? Because we are supposed to pay taxes working even as a student worker. I wonder if it's different in UK.

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Most poeple prefer to use a dentist because they are better then vets for teeth. However sedation of the horses normaly only happens at the request of the dentist as in the UK only a vet can sedate a horse.
True. Majority of the local people I know combine the vet visit (shots/coggins) with dentist so the sedation would be given (if needed). It's illegal for the dentist (or farrier) to sedate (although I know some (not very trusty) do that).

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In the UK, If you are in full time education and have a job on the side then you do not pay tax on the earnings of that job untill they reach a certain level (quite high level).
So I worked whilst at uni and never paid any tax untill after graduation.

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It's worth looking into. I use my vet as I prefer mine to be sedated, had an unpleasant experience years ago with an equine dentist - well behaved horse, but just moved a tiny bit and ended up with cut up gums. My vet will provide me the sedation should I need and she is too busy, but we schedule regularly every 6 months so that's not come up yet thankfully.

Faye, that's very interesting about the tax thing. What a nice perk from the gov't, I'd have loved to have that break when I was in college!

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I wouldn't be classed as a working student, however. I would do the course, then become an Equine Dentist.. it was quite interesting.. also dentists out here only spend one afternoon on teeth!

Here its 50% tax on what I earn as I am single, no children and under a certain age.

I know common practise is to have a vet/dentist combo that go round together.. Anyone want to be my vet ;D
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