An on-going controversy about who should be allowed to perform horse dentistry including the all-important floating of equine teeth continues throughout the United States, with various groups jumping in on each side of the controversy. Should it be done by the people who have always done it or should it be done by the people who have veterinarian degrees?
Various state veterinary associations assert that only those with a DVM degree should be allowed to float teeth and perform other dentistry work on horses.
Then the question arises, is everyone with a DVM degree qualified to float a horse's teeth. What if the course work was related more to small animals or to bovines? Are they, indeed, better qualified?
On the other hand, state legislative bodies and courts have recently upheld the right of non-veterinarians to float horse's teeth. Many non-veterinarians have been floating horse's teeth for years and have taken courses related to the work they do without ever getting a medical degree.
The bottom line: Horse owners should determine for themselves who is qualified to care for their horses. Experience and knowledge will help solve the controversy and what is best in any given situation will vary from case to case.
About the author
As an animal lover since childhood, Flossie was delighted when Mark, the CEO and developer of EquiMed asked her to join his team of contributors.
She enrolled in My Horse University at Michigan State and completed a number of courses in everything related to horse health, nutrition, diseases and conditions, medications, hoof and dental care, barn safety, and first aid.
Staying up-to-date on the latest developments in horse care and equine health is now a habit, and she enjoys sharing a wealth of information with horse owners everywhere..