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Equine Dentistry


All our vets regularly carry out equine dental procedures and are trained to a very high standard in this field. Like many veterinary practices in the UK we also work closely with Equine Dental Technicians (EDT) who are available to perform selected non-invasive procedures within a horse's mouth.


Yorkshire Equine Practice adheres to the British Equine Veterinary Association Guidelines on what dental procedures can be performed by persons other than Members of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, and these guidelines are set out below.




In order to provide a greater degree of clarity in advising veterinary surgeons on working with EDTs and to inform and protect the public BEVA would suggest that veterinary surgeons cooperate with suitably trained, qualified EDTs for the following procedures. We feel strongly that it is to the benefit of horse welfare for veterinary surgeons to continue to collaborate with qualified EDTs, and BEVA recommends collaboration with registered members of the British Association of Equine Dental Technicians (BAEDT). 


Category 1 Procedures 

Those procedures which an individual can perform after recognised training without specific attainment of qualifications. 


1) Examination of teeth

2) Removal of sharp enamel points using manual rasps only 

3) Removal of small dental overgrowths (maximum 4mm reductions) using manual rasps only

4) Rostral profiling of the first cheek teeth (maximum 4mmr eductions), previously termed ‘bit seat shaping'

5)  Removal of loose deciduous caps

6)  Removal of supragingival calculus


Category 2 Procedures 

Additional procedures suitable for delegation to an EDT who has trained and passed an examination approved by DEFRA 


1)  Examination, evaluation and recording of dental abnormalities 

2)  The removal of loose teeth or dental fragments with no periodontal attachments which are digitally extractable without the use of instruments 

3)  The removal of erupted, non-displaced wolf teeth in the upper or lower jaw under direct and continuous veterinary supervision 

4)  Palliative rasping of fractured and adjacent teeth

5)  The use of motorised dental instruments where these are used to reduce overgrowths and remove sharp enamel points only, in horses sedated appropriately. 


All other procedures and any new procedures, which arise as a result of scientific and technical development, would by default be classified as Category 3, which are those procedures restricted to registered veterinary surgeons. 


British Association of Equine Dental Technicians


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