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Equine Practice
Dental care in horses
  1. Henry Tremaine

    Henry Tremaine graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, London, in 1989, and after four years in mixed and equine practice, joined the Department of Veterinary Clinical Studies at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Edinburgh, as a clinical scholar in large animal surgery. He holds the RCVS certificate in equine surgery (soft tissue). His areas of particular interest include large animal soft tissue surgery, surgery of the head and neck of the horse, and equine respiratory disease.


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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