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Equine dentistry

Equine dentistry is one of the most common tasks performed by equine practitioners and has never been so popular. Whilst the science of equine dentistry is considerably deficient compared to human dentistry, it is encouraging that this knowledge shortfall is being slowly remedied by the vast array of fundamental research recently published.

BEVA Dental Chart

Use the BEVA Dental Chart to record your examination findings. Chart pads are available to purchase in the BEVA shop.

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Working with Equine Dental Technicians
Veterinary surgeons may be contacted by owners to provide sedation so their horse can be worked on by an equine dental technician. BEVA would recommend only using those who are members of the British Association of Equine Dental Technicians (BAEDT) or category 2 members of the World Wide Association of Equine Dentists (WWAED) as these technicians have undergone approved examinations to attain their qualifications. Both societies encourage their members to keep up to date; those that don’t will often be removed from their societies membership. As a result, there may be some dental technicians who have passed the above examinations but do not appear on the list. It is up to each practice to develop their own policy regarding sedation but many practices will only provide sedation for clients using those equine dental technicians on the lists. We would encourage you to develop a policy on sedation that requires as much information to be given by the owner at the time of booking the appointment so that there is no need for an ‘on yard’ confrontation. An interactive flow chart has been developed to assist in booking these appointments. There is tight control over procedures that equine dental technicians may perform. The list in full can be accessed here. BEVA would advise members sedating for dental technicians to closely define what procedures are going to be performed; ideally before sedation or after initial examination, to avoid unwittingly allowing a Category 3 procedure to be performed.
Who can do what in a horse's mouth?
Unqualified EDTs

An unqualified Equine Dental Technician can carry out Cat 1 procedures:

  • Rasp teeth with hand floats
  • Examine mouths
Qualified EDTs

Qualified Equine Dental Technicians are those who are members of either BAEDT or WWAED and completed training.

They can perform Cat 1 and Cat 2 procedures:

  • Cat 1 procedures (above)
  • Use power tools to rasp teeth
  • Remove loose teeth (incisors/cheek teeth) with negligible periodontal ligaments
  • Extract erupted, non-displaced wolf teeth under direct and continuous veterinary supervision
Veterinary Surgeon

A Veterinary Surgeon can perform any dental procedures that are within their own area of competence.