The basic course covers the history of equine dentistry, tooth structure, periodontal ligament and alveolar bone relationship to teeth, biomechanical function of the equine hypsodont dentition, numbering systems, aging techniques, anatomy of the horse’s head and mouth, common dental pathologies and malocclusions, as well as basic equilibration techniques used to stop or slow progression of dental disease.
Proper use of instruments and 50 hours of routine dental maintenance procedures are performed on skulls and live horses under direct supervision.
Course also includes a discussion on the business aspects of equine dental maintenance, including an introduction to the school’s continuing education and student advancement program leading to two levels of educational achievement and certification.
The Academy Of Equine Dentistry offers courses in February, July, and November.
• 100 First Level beginning dentistry course (100 hours)
• 100 Equine Anatomy course (30 hours)
• 200 Second Level intermediate dentistry course (100 hours)
• 300 Third Level advanced dentistry course (100 hours)
• 400 Fourth Level advanced dentistry course (100 hours)
• 500 Fifth Level advanced dentistry course (50 hours)
The 500-level advanced course is offered three times a year to provide continuing education for certified dental technicians and veterinarians with advanced knowledge in equine dentistry. This course consists of five days of wet lab and lectures concerning the most recent advancements in our field presented by a staff of advanced dental practitioners and veterinarians. Included in our program are digital radiology, video endoscopy, endodontics, nerve blocks, oral extractions, orthodontics, and advanced surgical procedures.
The contents of our program vary with each class to meet the changing needs of our students working in practice. Continuing education is an important part of our program and we encourage dental practitioners to participate in this highly attended course.
Successes of previous course participants are living testimonials to our quality and caliber of instruction. Most course participants hear about our program from previous students, recent research programs, national and international articles, the internet, and school publications and books.