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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!

Sophie
 

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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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Dentistry in the UK - British Association of Equine Dental Technicians :: Home

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.

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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Not to hijack the thread but I have a ?
Do you have to be an actual vet to be an equine dentist, or can you go through dental school and be a certified dentist without having veterinary training?
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Duffy 50%?? OMG.

Not in the UK. In the UK if you are not a student then tax works in bands.
No matter who you are you pay no tax on the first £7475
after that you pay 20% on any earnings up to £35k,
after that it is 40% on the money between £35K and £150K.
50% on anything more then £150K

so if you earn £40K
You pay no tax on 7475,
20% of the next £27525
and 40% of the final £5000

Plus your national insurance tax.

So oout of 40K you would take home just under 30K
 

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Yeah, I need to work in the UK... can I live with you?? Promise I pay rent on time xD Ask my parents hahaha!
 

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I have got a spare room and Reeco could do with a friend to play with that isnt a huge cob that doesnt want to play!!
 

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What sucks, is that in Oklahoma, you have to have a vet do it. Even if you are a certified equine dentist, you cannot practice. I believe its because of the drug they use to kinda knock the horses out a little, in too high of a dose it can kill the horse. Then again, that's just what I think it is. The bad part is most vet schools only skim over the dentistry part.
 

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Over here you do not need to be a vet to do dentistry, however you do need to be a vet to sedate the horse.
so if the horse needs sedating then you call the vet, vet sedates and then the dentist does the work on thier teeth.
 

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I had a good equine dentist but one or two of the Good Ole Boy vets in my county ran him out because he was sedating the horses and that is illegal in my state of Tennessee. Not sure if that applies to the entire U.S. or not.

Not being able to sedate and having to rely on a vet to work with you could be a sticky wickett. You'd be surprised the vets that don't like to do dental work but don't want anyone else "cashing in" either:shock:

My current vet is fairly new in the county, has a portable x-ray that didn't come from WalMart and modern electronic dental equipment that didn't come from the CVS drug store chain:lol::lol:

I think your idea is a great one but just be sure that the sedating side can be resolved somehow, so you don't have to rely on a vet:D
 

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walkinthewalk, in the UK there is no way of resolving the sedation side it is illegal for anyone other then a fully registered liscenced vet to sedate.

That said most vets in the UK activly encourage the use of specialist dentists and will reccomend one if you ask, they also happily reccomend physios or chiros.
 

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Do you have to be an actual vet to be an equine dentist, or can you go through dental school and be a certified dentist without having veterinary training?
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Nope, you don't have to be one to become a dentist. Some vets I know specialize in dentistry on top of usual vet practice, but not every vet.

faye, it's interesting to know about UK. While in college I had to pay taxes. You can get some return when you file the tax return (because the income is so low), but still.
 
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