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Equine Practice
Equine dental surgery
  1. Simon Howarth

    Simon Howarth graduated from Glasgow University in 1985. Between 1987 and 1990 he was the Horserace Betting Levy Board resident in equine studies at the University of Bristol, and then went on to Cambridge veterinary school to lecture in equine surgery. For the past 18 months he has been working in private equine practice in Oakham, Leicestershire. He is interested in general equine surgery, particularly surgery of the head and neck.

Abstract

EQUINE dental surgery has evolved slowly over the past 150 years because of the lack of adequate instrumentation to overcome the limited access to the equine oral cavity and the complicated regional anatomy of the horse's head. Although an age-old procedure, the removal of diseased dental tissue is still fraught with potential hazards, the consequences of which may not only be disastrous but can also result in litigation. The surgical management of equine dental disease should, therefore, not be undertaken lightly.

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