THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW
Who is treating your horses, do you really know?
We have passed our B.E.V.A exams and am therefore fully qualified and carry the correct insurance along with up to date equipment possible. If in doubt please check the BAEDT website/members.
I have a proven track record with work done on racehorses and have a very keen interest in the industry with a passion for doing things right and getting the right result and many times I have fixed previously undiagnosed problems and corrected inadequate treatments.
Want piece of mind and the job doing properly or have any questions please contact
Chris Napthine 07783 139 574
Equine dentistry is extremely important to every horse owner and for the welfare of the horse. From the one horse owner who enjoys hacking a few times a week to the top class event rider or racehorse trainer.
In an ever changing world of techniques and equipment for training and the welfare of horses some believe Dentistry is just the same.
My son learning the right way!
The fact is that it is evolving at a very fast rate.
99% of qualified Equine Dentist Technicians now use a range of power tools along with the typical hand rasps. These are diamond coated so strong with a good headlight enable the dentist to not only correct every individual tooth but also diagnose possibly previously missed malocksions or disease. Leaps and bounds have also been made with research into the effects of dental problems from high white cell counts in blood to the cost of treatment been offset by a saving in hard feed.
All things such as this along with correcting the usual problems such as hanging and reluctance on either rein etc.
Trainers are always looking for an edge! and correct dentistry can provide just that and coupled with a saving in hard feed it is a win win situation.
It can make the difference between winning by a head and losing by a head.
As the law currently states it is legal for people with no training to perform some small acts of dentistry on horses. These acts do not include, removal of wolf teeth, overgrowth over 4mm and the use of motorised equipment see B.E.V.A or B.A.E.D.T websites for the rest of the procedures. Thinking a job had been done well or correctly is very different from actually knowing.
There is a genuine recognised qualification with the exam run/approved by (B.E.V.A) British Equine Veterinary Association and the (B.V.D.A) British Vetinerary Dental Association only after passing a very difficult theory exam and practical exam can a dentist then join the (B.A.E.D.T) British Association of Equine Dental Technicians. Once passed a dentist can then perform all Cat 1 and Cat 2 procedures which include reducing large overgrown corrective procedures and remount of wolf teeth and the use of motorised equipment. All qualified EDTS have to carry full malpractice insurance along with public liability insurance.
Unqualified Dentists do not have malpractice insurance and if they carry out Cat 2 procedures resulting in a claim on horses/owners insurance it would void my claim presented.
Defra is pushing for a law change to make all dentists qualified.
So along with techniques changing so is the law on who can do what. Therefore, check who you are using is qualified to do the work.
All dentists from Europe and further afield still come under this. the exam is open for all dentists and vets to take, a lot choose not to and therefore mislead clients. Look on the B.A.E.D.T website for a list of all members, or click here
(update to the above is that it is all changing very fast and in a good way so watch this space)