THE practical difficulties associated with examining the equine oral cavity, combined with inadequate training, have resulted in an often less than thorough appraisal of a horse's dentition, especially of the caudal cheek teeth, and an unenthusiastic attitude to equine dentistry among some quarters of the veterinary profession. In some cases, the demand for a technically competent tooth rasping service has been met by lay technicians who are permitted by the Veterinary Surgeons Act (1966) to rasp teeth, although no recognised training programme in this field currently exists in the UK. This article aims to assist veterinary practitioners in offering comprehensive dental care to their equine patients.
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