We have a variety of instructors that are present at every class. These instructors have well over a century of combined experience in equine dentistry. We also have one rotating instructor in every class that is selected from a pool of certified technicians and veterinarians.
During every class, 15-20 certified technicians come from all over the world to help teach the wet-lab portion of the course. These dedicated practitioners form the core of our continuing education program. They bring valuable experience from within their areas of interest and expertise to the Academy.
At the Academy, you will find a variety of instructors working together to provide the student with the best education possible, while simultaneously striving to provide the highest level of equine dental equilibration available.
Bernard Fletcher DVM
Bernard Fletcher DVM, is from Bennington, Nebraska. Dr. Fletcher attended veterinary school at Kansas State University, where he also worked as an intern in the equine department. He obtained advanced training in equine surgery through selective continuing education courses. He is certified in acupuncture through IVAS, and has also received advanced training in equine chiropractics. He has had a special interest in equine dentistry and oral surgery since 1984, when he first obtained specialized training in dentistry. In the last decade, he has pioneered techniques in local dental anesthesia that have revolutionized standing surgery and oral extractions – his publications on this subject were first published at the 2005 AAEP conference. He has also developed several radiographic techniques that have been instrumental in formulating proper diagnoses of oral disease in horses. He has been invited to lecture at many major equine dental conferences. Dr. Fletcher is also an associate editor for The Journal of Equine Dentistry.
John Fortkamp, CEqD, is originally from Ohio. He travels all over the United States, Hawaii, and Costa Rica working on English and western performance horses. He has also worked on horses in Australia, South Africa, and England. He has lectured about dentistry for various organizations, including the Student Chapter of the American Association of Equine Practioners at Colorado State University and the International Association of Equine Dentistry. John is currently serving as the Dean of students in addition to being a full-time lecturer and wet-lab instructor. During his years at the Academy, John has helped pioneer many techniques that have helped advance the field of equine dentistry.
Sean Strain DVM
Dr. Sean Strain was born and raised in Langley, British Columbia, Canada. He graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2002 located in St.Kitts WI, B.V.I. He then went on and performed an intense 1 year internship at Merritt and Associates Equine Hospital in Chicago, IL. From there he went to Annabessacook Veterinary Clinic in Monmouth, ME for 3 years. Equine lameness, surgery , medicine and dentistry are his major interests.
Nick Stuckman, CEqD, is from Bucyrus, Ohio. He graduated from Stautzenberger College, Toledo, Ohio, in 2006 and is a registered veterinary technician. Nick has been certified in equine dentistry since November 2003. He currently performs dentistry at veterinary clinics in Texas, Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana. Nick has also been a guest lecturer on equine dentistry at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine as well as Tiffin University.
Ben Koertje, CEqD, is originally from Klamath Falls, Oregon. He started performing dentistry on race horses after apprenticing with his uncle on the racetrack. Throughout the 90’s, Ben traveled all along the West Coast and Hawaii working primarily on cutting horses before settling in the Bay area. Throughout his career, Ben has helped train many of the top equine dentists in the world. He has been an instructor at the Academy for close to 20 years.
Troy Walck, CEqD, grew up on a fifty thousand acre ranch in southwest Colorado. Horses have been an important part of his life since he started riding at age two. From the age of five Troy has roped and competed in rodeo. Rodeo scholarships facilitated his attendance at Central Arizona College for two years followed by two years at Mesa State College in Grand Junction, Colorado. Through his wife Raye Walck, DVM, he gained an interest in equine dentistry. Together they work on horses all over western Colorado and Arizona.
Martijn Goumans is from The Netherlands, where he attended NHB Deurne, a special school for professional horse riding, and now practices equine dentistry. He enrolled at the Academy in August 2006 and certified in November of 2007. In November 2011 he passed the examination level.
Daan Staller DRS
Daan Staller DRS is from The Netherlands, where he received his veterinary degree from University of Utrecht and now practices equine dentistry. He first attended the Academy in August 2006, certified in November 2007, and passed the examination level in November 2011.
The Academy is not owned or operated by any one individual. The Board of Directors oversees and controls the program in its entirety and ensures that the Academy is able to successfully pursue the goals outlined in our mission statement.
We have a full staff that is committed to horses and the people who care for them. Their dedication aids in the success of each session throughout the year. If you would like to contact any of the instructors, please contact us and we will send you their contact information. We warmly welcome questions and comments about anything related to equine dentistry!