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Equine Dentistry

An Equine Dental Technician (EDT) specialises in the health and wellbeing of a horse's teeth. Being an EDT is an extremely physically demanding career and you'll be working outdoors in all weather. EDTs are usually self-employed.

Responsibilities include:

  • Filing and rasping teeth
  • The removal of teeth
  • Ageing a horse
  • Liaising and working alongside equine vets.

Necessary qualifications/experience

Entry requirements into equine dentistry usually involve training as an apprentice with a British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA), British Veterinary Dental Association (BVDA) qualified EDT or veterinary surgeon. You'll also need to complete the BEVA/BVDA theory and practical examination at the end of three years' training. Qualified EDTs must then register with the British Association Of Equine Dental Technicians.

Personal specification

You'll need to be patient around horses, able to communicate effectively to horse owners lacking in dentistry knowledge and have a good level of physical fitness. 

Further information

British Association of Equine Dental Technicians

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