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Veterinary Introduction to 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 the human dentistry, it is encouraging that this knowledge shortfall is being slowly remedied by the vast array of fundamental research recently published.

Equine vets are more knowledgeable and better equipped than ever before and BEVA is keen to promote its members as the primary equine dental care provider. The recognition of equine dentistry as a field of veterinary medicine is apparent in the vast array of excellent quality equine dental CPD available to equine veterinarians. From webinars (free to BEVA members), lecture and practical sessions at BEVA congress and a vast array of practical courses,  ranging from the new graduate courses to more advanced workshops, the plethora of dental CPD available has led to a gallop forward in equine veterinary dental skills. Further details on CPD are found below.

In a similar fashion to human dentistry, the emphasis of routine equine dentistry should be on the examination rather than the rasping procedure. Our new dental resources include “how to perform a thorough oral examination” (print version and webinar) and a brand new BEVA digital dental chart which can be incorporated in a number of PDF editing programmes on tablets to allow personalised digital charting. There are also guidelines for charting (print out, laminate and carry with your dental kit!), a list of BEVA equine vets with postgraduate qualifications in equine dentistry and advice on referring equine dental cases. 

Some owners will still choose to use an equine dental technician to provide routine dental care for their horse. We would encourage members to develop good working relationships with appropriately qualified EDTs and there is a section dedicated to working with EDTs below, including simple “horse-side flow charts” for procedures and guidance for receptionists booking the initial dental call. 

ANNOTATING A DENTAL CHART

Veterinary Dental Chart

Approach to oral examination

How to refer a dental case

How to work with Equine Dental Technicians