|I've been a full-time farrier for 15 years. During that time I've struggled first hand
with the inaccessibility of real horse dentistry in my area. In February of 2001 I
went out to Glens Ferry Idaho, after many months of study and preparation, and
took a very thorough and comprehensive two week course at the Academy of
Equine Dentistry, and began practicing equine dentistry. The school is featured in
the sidebar at the upper right hand side of this page. It's an internationally
esteemed equine dental school for both lay people and veterinary practitioners
from all over the world. They give you, arguably, the best training, preparation,
and resources available with which to, given the effort and willingness, follow
through and attain to the highest level of proficiency in the field of horse dentistry.
Because of the growing shortfall of people able and willing to practice equine
dentistry, including those from within the veterinary community itself, I've had
the good fortune to be in a position to effect the availability and performance of
equine dentistry in my region.
Out of self-interest, the veterinarian community lobbied and succeeded in making
it illegal for anyone but themselves to independently practice horse dentistry. This
has had an adverse effect on the quality of equine dentistry available to the average
horse owner. Below, are some of the efforts around the country to change those
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|*Note the very encouraging new law changes in Virginia below.