April 11, 2013
Greetings! Since you last heard from us, we have held three equine dental sessions – in July and November 2012 and February 2013. Again, students in attendance were from all over the world, coming together with the common goal of obtaining an education in equine dentistry. Last fall, the IAED held its certification at our facilities immediately following November session. The Equine Science class from College of Southern Idaho, Twin Falls visited both November and February sessions.
Congratulations to our newly Certified technicians!
July 2012: Andrea Shepley CEqD and Ines Smole DVM, CEqD
November 2012: Allan Barbosa DVM, CEqD and Briana Burge CEqD
February 2013: Melanie Hoeck CEqD and Theo van Delft DVM, CEqD
We are busy now with enrollment for next session: Anatomy July 10-12 and Dental July 15-26, 2013. Dates for our local Elmore County Fair coincide with the first week of dental class 17th – 20th, and while that’s good in that there’s some extra action around here, housing options become limited, so students planning on attending should make lodging arrangements as soon as possible.
For those of you working in Texas, who have not already obtained a license, our understanding is that from now on, to be licensed there, you are required to certify with the International Association of Equine Dentistry. Attending the Academy of Equine Dentistry will prepare you for that. Please call the office with any questions.
FFA Convention held in Indianapolis
Certified dental technicians Nick Stuckman RVT, CEqD, Kristy Chronister Workman RVT, CEqD and Jodi Miller CEqD represented the Academy at the annual National FFA convention in Indianapolis last fall. Close to 100 attendees requested information and those contacts have been made. Many are yet in high school, but several age groups were represented. A tri-fold brochure with general information was prepared especially for this event for distribution, as well as pens.
Class Dates have been established for 2014. Note Anatomy date changes for July and November 2013. We will revert to Wednesday through Fridays.
A-100 Three-Day Anatomy February 7-9, 2013
D-100 – 400 Two-Week Dental February 11-22, 2013
D-500 One-Week Advanced Dental February 18-22, 2013
A-100 Three-Day Anatomy July 10-12, 2013
D-100 – 400 Two-Week Dental July 15-26, 2013
D-500 One-Week Advanced Dental July 22-26, 2013
A-100 Three-Day Anatomy November 6-8, 2013
D-100 – 400 Two-Week Dental November 11-22, 2013
D-500 One-Week Advanced Dental November 18-22, 2013
A-100 Three-Day Anatomy February 12-14, 2014
D-100 -400 Two-Week Dental February 17-28, 2014
D-500 One-Week Advanced Dental February 24-28, 2014
A-100 Three-Day Anatomy July 9-11, 2014
D-100-400 Two-Week Dental July 14-25, 2014
D-500 One-Week Advanced Dental July 21-25, 2014
A-100 Three-Day Anatomy November 5-7, 2014
D-100-400 Two-Week Dental November 10-21, 2014
D-500 One-Week Advanced Dental November 17-21, 2014
Please consider continuing your education at any of these upcoming sessions. Looks like we’ll have a good size class in July, but there’s still room for you!!! We try to plan some special activities over the weekend between the two-week class. In February you can pretty much count on snow skiing with at least four ski resorts in the area, and in July a slow float down the Snake River to beat the heat. Fishing and golfing are also options, as well as sight-seeing or just relaxing. See attached articles from certified students or visit the website, and call the office if you have any concerns or questions. Hope all is well with each and every one of you. Sincerely,
Elana Gridley, Office Manager and John D. Fortkamp CEqD
Phone: 208/366-2315 or 2318
Fax: 208/366-2315 Call First!
Niek Jansen CEqD has worked with Royal Dutch Sport horses and Friesian horses since he was eight years old. He has had experience working on a stud farm breeding horses and attended and passed a course dealing with insemination of horses. His goal was to make a career in the health care of horses. He first attended the Academy in November 2010. – The Netherlands
Ruth Kosanetzky DVM, CEqD has owned a horse since she was 10 years of age and has had several years of experience in dressage tournaments. After having obtained a veterinary degree and worked as a veterinarian, mainly with sport horses, she first attended the Academy in November 2010. – Germany
Jan Kroes DVM, CEqD – In 2002 I finished my veterinary education and started working as a veterinarian. In 2004 I became co-owner of a veterinary clinic in Schalkwijk (Utrecht). During my veterinary education my interest in dentistry had already started. A fellow student asked me to come and do some horse dentistry. In the first years I treated a lot of horses, mostly without sedation and by manual hand floating. That took a lot of horsemanship. The basics of balancing the mouth I learned from Jan and Gabrielle Broeze. Both are veterinarians and studied at the Academy of Equine Dentistry. They advised me to attend the Academy because there is where I would learn specialized dentistry for horses.
Now, after some years of postgraduate studies, I am a veterinarian specialized in medical horse care and specialized dentistry. Dentistry now covers a big part of my work at the clinic.
Because of referrals from all over the Netherlands I get a lot of experience with extractions. I use different techniques like oral extraction, minimal invasive buccotomie, trephination and repulsion, etc. Mostly these extractions are done on the standing horse under an anesthesia of a cranial nerve.
My goal in the future is to focus some more on sinus scope, to be able to make better diagnoses in horses with one sided nasal discharge and to treat more specifically and accurately.
And of course I will go back to Idaho regularly to ensure that my knowledge and practicing will be up to date.
Outside my work at the clinic I spend time with my wife and children and our animals. We have horses, sheep, chickens, rabbits, dogs and cats, so it is a busy household. Together, my wife and I break in young horses to learn to ride under the saddle and in front of a carriage. Apart from that, the sheep keep me busy especially in the lambing period of course. In my free time I like to ride and I enjoy doing work around the house. -The Netherlands
Erick Strick CEqD has had 30 plus years of experience with Quarterhorses, Thoroughbreds and Draft horses; breaking, training, roping and riding bareback. He has a bachelor’s degree in science and attended horse shoeing school in 1994. He desired to expand his knowledge in the field of equine healthcare and first attended the Academy in November 2010. – Shattuck, Oklahoma
Andrea Shepley RVT, CEqD – For the past ten years, most of my career as an RVT has centered around equine ambulatory service, orthopedics and medical imaging. My experience and studies in dentistry began three years ago when I started assisting with dentistry at the veterinary practice where I’ve worked since 2006. I realized that I had an interest in the field and my goal became to acquire as much knowledge pertaining to equine dentistry as possible. After attending the Academy of Equine Dentistry for the first time, that interest developed into a passion, and the rest is history. There is nothing I enjoy more than sharing the knowledge I have gained to educate others and utilizing it to help the horse. Thank you to the following for all of their support in helping me attain this goal: everyone at San Dieguito Equine Group, in particular Drs. Paul McClellan and Mike Manno; everyone at the Academy, including all of the stall leaders who put in their time to teach and share their experiences; and Mike Grigsby for sharing his wealth of knowledge and displaying the level of professionalism the field of equine dentistry needs. See you all in 18 months! – San Diego, California
Over the years Ines Smole DVM, CEqD has worked with many breeds of horses, Thoroughbreds, Franche-Mountain horses, and Quarterhorses, riding, driving and groundwork. She studied at the University of Berne, Switzerland and has a medical veterinary degree. Ines had an interest in equine dentistry and wanted to be self-employed. She first attended the Academy in May 2009 and now has her own dental business, and it is off to a great start. – Switzerland
Allan Barbosa DVM, CEqD attended University Pinhalense in Brazil, where he studied veterinary medicine and received some equine dental training. He was specifically interested in equine dentistry and felt it was an important part of healthcare for the horse. He first attended the Academy in November 2011. – Brazil
Briana Burge CEqD was fortunate to surround herself with horses since the tender age of three. At age six, she began to ride English and participated in the Hunter/Jumper show circuit in California. By age 12 she had her own horse, an Arabian gelding named Trapper. From there she enjoyed both Hunter/Jumpers and riding Western for pleasure. After high school, she and Trapper left for college and worked for five summers on a guest ranch in northwestern Montana. The job included herd health and maintenance of over 100 head of ranch horses. In December 2010 after 19 years together, Trapper and Bri said goodbye to each other. Her goal to continue working with horses, both privately and professionally, and to improve the lives of as many as possible she owes to Trapper. Bri earned a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish from the University of Montana at Missoula, and first attended the Academy in February 2011. She thanks Jim Ford CEqD for working with her and helping her to certification. – Missoula, Montana
Melanie Hoeck CEqD first certified with the Academy in November 2000 and now returned in February to reinstate her Academy certification. She has been working throughout the years with her husband John Hoeck DVM who certified in February 2000 and has maintained that status through regular continuing education. – Wendell, Idaho
Theo Van Delft DVM, CEqD first attended the Academy back in 2001 and 2002 and returned in 2010 to pursue certification. He is a veterinarian and has been practicing dentistry for over 10 years, working in Germany as head of the dentistry department at a large equine hospital.
January 22, 2012
Anatomy 100 Outline
3. Deposition and absorption
4. Environmental adaption
5. Fracture repair
6. Endocrine regulation
8. Types of Joints
9. Temporomandibular Joint (anatomy and function)
10. Hyoid apparatus (anatomy and function)
11. Skull wet lab (identification of the different bones of the head, location
of articulations, comparison of different aged skulls, and
biomechanics of the mandible.
- Tooth Structure
1. Classification of teeth
2. Types of tooth development
3. Categories of tooth types or shapes
4. Types of tooth anchorage
5. Jaw occlusal overlay
6. Animals classified by teeth
7. Types of teeth
8. Equine tooth identification
9. Numbering systems
10. Tooth roots and crown heights
11. Tooth development
12. Types of dentin, function, and dentinal tubule arrangements
13. Enamel (types, function, composition, location, and development)
14. Cementum (function, composition, location, development, and
15. Pulp (composition, function, pulp cavity and chambers, development,
and changes with age)
16. Tooth structure differences
17. Infundibula and enamel folds
18. Periodontal ligaments (types and arrangements)
1. Types of muscle tissue
2. Tendons and Ligaments
3. Muscle anatomy and histology (Micro anatomy)
4. Neuromuscular junction
5. Muscle contraction
6. Muscles of mastication
- Nervous system
1. Functions of the nervous system
d. Action potential
a. Central vs Peripheral
b. Sensory vs Motor
c. Somatic vs autonomic
d. Sympathetic vs Parasympathetic
4. Cranial nerves
1. Composition and percentages of cardio vascular fluids
2. Extra cellular fluids
3. Lymph fluids
- Cardiovascular system
1. Blood, plasma, red blood cells, proteins, white blood cells
5. Arteries, Arterioles
6. Veins, Venules
7. Systemic and pulmonary circulation
9. Shock and dehydration
10. Lymphatic system
- Vessels and circulation
1. Pulmonary vs systemic circulation
- Eye anatomy
1. Eye lids (Palpebra)
2. Globe anatomy
4. Muscles of the eye
5. Lacrimal glands
6. Facial nerve innervations
- Hearing and balance
1. Parts of the ear
2. Air pressure
3. Hearing physiology
- Wet lab (cadaver dissection)
1. Identification of gross structures
2. Integument (skin)
3. Sub Q and fascia
4. Insertion and origin of muscles
5. Nerves and vessels
6. Bone identification
7. Salivary glands
8. Lymph glands
10. Hyoid apparatus
11. Arcades and tooth sectioning
12. Nerve blocks
13. Sinuses and dental communication
January 21, 2012
A 2 year old gelding with a swelling on the right side of the maxilla was brought to the clinic for dental evaluation. The swelling was firm with no signs of a drain tract. The owner said he noticed the bump two months ago and that it had been getting bigger slowly. There are some scraps on his head which happened during a recent trailer ride.
Two radiographs were taken, a lateral oblique and a dorsal ventral with the mandible offset.
Evaluation: The enlargement on the right maxilla is due to an abscessed 107. The lateral oblique radiograph shows a blunted root with some deformity. The 507 is missing but the remaining deciduous teeth look normal. The dorsal ventral radiograph shows a increased radiolucent area around the 107 which indicates a increased periodontal space due to bone loss. The radiolucent areas within the tooth are indication of lack of development of the tooth which expected in a 2 year old horse.
Treatment options: The only reasonable option in this case is extraction. The root area is abscessed and is causing the maxilla enlargement. The periodontal area is packing feed and is infected. The tooth is dead and will not develop any further in this young horse. The pain caused from these types of infection is substantial and will interfere with mastication and performance.
Oral extraction is preferred but the lack of a clinical crown makes this a difficult extraction. However, this tooth was extracted using elevation with dental picks. Surgical extraction is a reasonable option but requires surgical technique and instrumentation. This type of surgical extraction can also be accomplished in a standing horse with sedation and local anesthesia.
Prognosis: Removing a tooth from the arcade causes lack of integrity and drifting of teeth in the arcade. The dental maintenance is always higher after an extraction because of lack of opposition which allows protuberances to develop. The prognosis is good for resolving the infection and the maxilla enlargement. After care for this case should include a soft food diet for 4 weeks, twice daily flushes with large amounts of water, and antibiotics.
Discussion: If a deciduous tooth is removed prematurely, the undeveloped permanent tooth is exposed and can become infected as in this case. We do not know exactly what happened to the 507 but it was probably fractured or damaged, which caused premature shedding.
As our experience and techniques for oral extraction increases, we tend to prefer this method if applicable. Surgical extraction of a 107 is not difficult and can be considered depending on the experience and ability of the practitioner. The 107 does not communicate with Maxillary sinus which decreases the complications of this procedure. Either approach should have a good outcome in this case.B.W Fletcher
April 1, 2011
Students for the February 2011 class were welcomed with an informal gathering at the wet lab on Sunday evening, February 6th, which happened to be Superbowl Sunday. The game was available for those interested, and those who weren’t visited and got acquainted and reacquainted. As usual, students came from all over the world. One owner brought her horse from Arizona. About 30 students from the Equine Science class from College of Southern Idaho, Twin Falls, visited one afternoon. They were welcomed with a short introduction upstairs – thanks, Chad – and then spent about an hour observing in the wet lab. This is an annual field trip for them and we always look forward to their visits.
Bernie Fletcher instructed Anatomy class with Nick Stuckman and Stephenie Carpenter assisting. In attendance were 12 students, of which six were repeating the class. Equine dental instructors were John Fortkamp, Troy Walck and Chad Sandifer.
There were six new students, nine second level, and 17 third and fourth level students. Six students certified including one who reinstated certification. Congratulations! See biographies at the end of this post.
- Megan Knight, Lexington, KY
- Andrew Portch, South Africa
- Jeremy Spivey DVM, Platteville, CO
- T. J. Steele, Zolfo Springs, FL
- Romeo Vangoethemd, Belgium
In attendance for advanced class were 12 technicians; and three certified students completed the initial process of the examination level. They passed the written exam and will attend two more sessions for the practical portion. From now on, the maximum is two students at this level at any given class. If anyone is interested, please contact us for guidelines.
As well, if you have let your certification lapse and want to reinstate, let us know so we can help you with that process. Attendance of both weeks is required at the fourth level tuition, presently $1,650, and attendance alone does not guarantee reinstatement. Student must pass both written and practical exams. We encourage attending Anatomy class; tuition for repeat students is $225.
Next class is scheduled for July 2011. Contact the office to enroll.
- Anatomy: July 13 – 15, 2011
- Two-Week Dental: July 18 – 29, 2011
- One-Week Advanced: July 25 – 29, 2011
ATTENTION: Certified Students
When you enroll for advanced class, consider attending the first week as well for updated lectures. Tuition for first week is only $200; second week is $500. The website states that students are required to pass exams at each level prior to advancing to the next. The Board voted at the February meeting to make this policy. Written exams will be taken at the end of each session. All first time students will advance to second level regardless of test results, but beginning with the second level, students must pass in order to advance to the third, and so on.
Pulp Capping Kits – Two left @ $150 each-Contact office to order!
After February class and the annual ski trip, Nick Stuckman and Stephenie spent time helping with projects at the office, including setting up new computers for Kathy and Elana, moving the old ones to the wet lab, moving the copy machine to another room and connecting it to the computers, and so on. Thanks to both of you. It’s like a new lease on life in the office.
Hope you liked the new format for our newsletter! We are still post mailing about 100 letters, so if you have email and we don’t have your address, please let us know.
We ended our session with a party back at the Wet Lab immediately following class on Friday with tacos and beverages. After a bite to eat or with a plate to go, several folks took off, anxious to get on the road, while others stayed for the evening, and still others wrapped it up downtown.
Elana Gridley and Kathleen Stickney
Academy of Equine Dentistry Staff
Newly Certified in Equine Dentistry
Megan Knight – I was born and raised in Washington state. I was in love with horses from a very young age, and I rode and showed in jumpers and pleasure horses as a kid. At 12 years old, my family and I moved to Alaska. We bought several horses up there and embarked on the exciting journey of owning horses in Alaska. I first became interested in dentistry when I watched a vet work on a mare of mine. Later in life, I moved to Oregon, and while I was working on a ranch there, I heard about the Academy. I did some research and decided that I needed to check it out. I attended my first class in August of 2008, and achieved my certification in February 2011. I’d like to thank everyone at the Academy for all of their knowledge and support, my father for always believing in me, and Carter Wilson for his mentorship and patience over the last couple of years! – Lexington, Kentucky
Andrew Portch – Andrew has been involved with horses most of his life, mainly for sports and show jumping, and has gentled and backed many young horses and re-schooled problem horses and ex-race horses. He lives on a small stud farm in Pretoria, South Africa. Before beginning his instruction at the Academy, he attended Ashton International College RSA and obtained IGCSE’s in 2006, AS levels in 2007 and A level geography in 2008. He then attended an Equine Owners course at Onderstepoort Veterinary Academic hospital Pretoria and Bayer course on parasites and colic in horses and received an AEDP Certificate of Equine Dentistry in 2009. Andrew was only 19 when he first attended the Academy in July 2010. – South Africa
Jeremy Spivey DVM – My interest in horses began at an early age, and like the rest of you, I am eternally interested in learning more about the horse. I have shod horses professionally for the last 21 years and obtained my Certified Farriers designation from the American Farriers Association in 2003. This led me to wanting to learn more about lameness and pathologies of the hoof, so I decided to attend veterinary school. It was there in August of 2006 that I met Dr. Nick Moore. I owe my involvement, interest, and certification in dentistry to him. My deepest gratitude to you Nick for all you do. Additionally, thanks to Dale Jeffrey, Dr. Fletcher, Troy Walck, John Fortkamp, Wil Croncich, Doug Jergens, and the rest of the staff at the Academy. I owe you all a great debt.
Along the way I’d like to express my deepest thanks to those horsemen who have helped me. Burney Chapman, CJF, is eternally missed by myself, farriers, and horses around the world. Jim Quick, CJF, has taught me more about a horse’s foot than anyone else alive today. Thank you for your patience as I learn. Rod Taylor and Ben Vargas of Cimarron, NM, are two of the greatest cowboys and horsemen that I have ever had the chance to meet. I owe my horsemanship to you both. To Bob Marshall of Boulder, CO, thank you for your friendship over the years and for taking the time with me when a young roper wanted to learn more.
What we learn at the Academy is found nowhere else on earth. It is truly a special place. I have spent most of my life wanting to learn more about horses and am continually blown away by the uniqueness of what the Academy offers. I hope to continue to help dental technicians, veterinarians, farriers, and ultimately the horse learn more about each other. – Platteville, Colorado
T. J. Steele – Before beginning my equine dental education at the Academy in November 2009, I had attended Farrier school and Edison Community College and been in the Marine Corp. I took numerous classes while in the military and was a sergeant when I got out. I have worked full-time as a farrier for five years now as Lucky S Farrier Services and have rodeoed just about my whole life. My work experience includes assisting my wonderful wife Liz and my father in law, large animal veterinarians, in their practices Three Oaks Equine Reproduction Center and Ridge Large Animal Veterinarian Service. I thank both of them for all the help and support with pursuing equine dentistry. I also thank my mentor Wil Croncich for his kindness in passing on his wealth of equine dentistry knowledge, and all the instructors, stall leaders, and faculty at the Academy of Equine Dentistry for this amazing learning opportunity. God Bless!- Zolfo Springs, Florida
December 21, 2010
This 9 year old mare has a fractured 307 with part of the buccal crown missing and displacement of the lingual portion. Feed was packing into the fractured area and deep into the periodontal space. Radiographs revealed a distorted, blunted root with small root-like projections on the distal caudal portion of the fractured 307.
Oral extraction is the treatment of choice, which was attempted but was not successful.Several tooth fragments were removed but the distorted root could not be extracted. The horse was prepped for surgical repulsion.
A 16 gauge needle was inserted in the proposed surgical site under the 307 and then radiographed to determine the exact location of entry for repulsion. It is necessary for the placement of the stieman to be directly in the middle of the root fragment for successful repulsion. The horse was sedated and the inferior alveolar nerve was blocked. This nerve block desensitizes all of the teeth and immediate surrounding structures only. Lidocaine was infused into the cheek and distal mandible in the area of the 307 to complete the nerve block for this standing procedure. A small biopsy punch was used to remove the skin and under lying tissue, including the periosteum. An 1/8th inch stieman pin with a trocar point was tapped through the distal mandible at the exact location under the 307 with a surgical mallet. A full mouth speculum is used to open the mouth to allow an assistant to place a finger on the root fragment while the stieman pin is advance to confirm proper positioning of the pin and to communicate with the surgeon concerning movement of the fragment during the procedure. Once the pin contacts the center of the fragment, a vibration will be noted by the assistant as the pin is tapped. In this case, the tooth root was repulsed intact without any portion of the root being fractured during the procedure. Post radiographs were taken to confirm complete extraction of the tooth.
The alveolus was flushed with diluted chlorhexidine solution after repulsion. Furacin powder was packed in alveolus and left to dissolve. The owner was instructed to feed only soft feeds for two weeks and flush the mouth out daily with large quantities of water using a garden hose placed in the interdental space. The horse was given tetanus toxoid, 500mg of Flunixin Meglumne, and dispensed Trimethroprim and Sulfadazine B.I.D. for 10 days.
Extractions of equine cheek teeth can be difficult and every case is unique. There are several different extraction techniques that may be employed and choosing the correct technique will depend on the clinical exam, radiographic findings, age of horse, anatomical location of tooth, and economics. Oral extraction is economical and the least traumatic procedure which can be accomplished in the standing horse with sedation and local anesthesia. However, this technique is not always successful and surgical methods may be required to complete the extraction. In this case, a small Steinmann Pin was used which has several advantages. The pin is small and strong enough to penetrate the mandible with out disruption of the vessels in the mandibular canal distal to the root. Careful advancement of the trocar point at the level of the canal usually slides past the major vessel thus reducing trauma and hemorrhage. The resulting hole in the mandible is very small, heals quickly, and is cosmetically acceptable. Instrumentation for this procedure is simple, available , and economical. This method of extraction can be accomplished on a standing horse with sedation and effective nerve blocks.
B.W. Fletcher, DVM
December 17, 2010
November’s Anatomy class consisted of 16 students at all levels of equine dentistry, instructed by Dr. Bernie Fletcher and Nick Stuckman RVT, CEqD, with assistance from Stephenie Carpenter. Dental class unofficially began Sunday night with a Welcome Party at the Wet Lab, which was really a great way to get acquainted and reacquainted. Dental class was attended by 11 PG-1, 13 PG-2, and 13 PG-3 & PG-4 students. Eight Certified students returned for continuing education. As usual, they were from all over the United States and the world; Canada, Caribbean, Czech Republic, Belgium, France, Spain, Germany, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, Iceland, and South Africa. Instructor John Fortkamp ACEqD was assisted by advanced instructor Troy Walck ACEqD and two-week instructor Chad Sandifer CEqD. Students are now preparing their own power point presentations. A computer station with six computers in the Wet Lab classroom was organized prior to November class to facilitate this process and it worked very well. Most students brought their own laptops. We closed session with a get together after class Friday afternoon, which worked out well for those anxious to hit the road!
Congratulations to those newly Certified in Equine Dentistry!!!
* Dr. Gunter Gebbe CEqD- Germany
* Kelvin Willams CEqD – United Kingdom
Remember to visit Facebook for class photos and updated information!
Board members met Sunday night, November 14, 2010, to conduct regular business.
- The Advanced program has been upgraded to an Examination Level. Please inquire for guidelines regarding certification requirements and testing.
- Proper attire is essential for appearing professional. Instructors and stall leaders, and students as well, are expected to dress appropriately in the classroom and especially the wet lab. Scrubs or smocks would be acceptable, and for those giving lectures, we suggest polo shirts or dress shirts, sweaters or blouses. And, extra long tops are a must if you wear low rise jeans!!!
- Presently, our website states students are required to pass exams at each level prior to advancing to the next. This is not policy and was not acted upon, but may be considered a requirement in the future.
- Guests are welcome! Our policy allows for a two-day audit for observation only – no tuition, no credits, no participation! Application and acceptance are required prior to attending.
- The Introduction to Equine Dentistry CD is no longer available. It will be replaced by a Horse Owner Educational CD, primarily for students to share with their clients and others.
- We try to keep you updated with these periodic newsletters. We will be changing our email format, which will allow for including pictures and links to the website and facebook, etc. We prefer to communicate this by email, but for those of you who don’t use email, certainly we will post them to you.
Certified in Equine Dentistry – November 2010
Dr. Gunter Gebbe CEqD – I was born on September 19, 1965, as the fourth son of a farmer. I have studied Veterinary medicine in Hannover up to 1993. I started working as a veterinarian in “Landgestüt Celle” and then different Praxis and Clinics. These were my first contacts with equine dentistry. Since 1998 I have been a partner in a veterinary praxis, and equine dentistry was my hobby. I had a lot of continuing education in this part of medicine and heard about the school in Glenns Ferry. In 2008 I started at the Academy of Equine Dentistry and in November 2010 I was Certified.- Germany
Kelvin Williams CEqD – I originally trained as a mechanic, specializing in heavy plant machinery. The only horse power I was involved with had an engine and wheels; that is until meeting my future wife Sarah in 1995. After meeting Sarah who has been involved with and owned horses all of her life, I purchased Kizzie, a 16.3hh Warmblood mare. Although she was very big and sometimes very stubborn – Kizzie, not Sarah – we made a great partnership and my love affair with the horse was born. There followed various courses in Natural Horsemanship. I attained Parelli Level 1 and also various Monty Roberts courses, mainly because of my stubborn mare. We operate a very successful Miniature Donkey Stud in the UK where we breed and show the finest Miniature donkeys. http://www.miniature-donkey.co.uk It was a problem with one of my horse’s wolf teeth and the complete lack of expert dental technicians in the area that led me to my first thoughts about becoming an EDT. After scouring the internet and researching what the course would entail, I was directed to the Academy of Equine Dentistry in Idaho. It was here, with the skills and help of the Academy staff and trainers, and in particular just being part of a professional caring team that always puts the horse’s comfort first, that I Certified in Equine Dentistry. – United Kingdom
October 26, 2010
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P.O. Box 999, 242 E. 1st Ave.
Glenns Ferry, Idaho 83623
October 10, 2010
We had a great class in July attended by 16 PG-1, 7 PG-2, three PG-3 and three PG-4 students, and 15 Certified technicians attended advanced class. Instructor John Fortkamp was assisted by advanced instructor Ben Koertje and two-week instructor Troy Walck and assistant Carter Wilson. 15 were in attendance for Anatomy, instructed by Dr. Bernie Fletcher, Nick Stuckman, and Stephenie Carpenter. We wrapped up the session by celebrating at the Three Island State Park on Friday night. It was a lovely evening and setting, and most of us were there until after dark, visiting and saying our good-byes.
Congratulations to our students who certified in July!
John Comerford CEqD – Co. Kilkenny, Ireland
James Miller CEqD – Sweetwater, Tennessee
Scott Vaughn CEqD – Lodi, California
Remember to visit Facebook and the website link for photos, class dates, updates, cases and more information!
We are busy preparing for November class!
Please consider continuing education! There’s still time to enroll!
Anatomy November 3 – 5, 2010
Two-Week Dental November 8-19, 2010
One-Week Advanced November 15-19, 2010
Students are now preparing their own power point presentations,
and we are setting up computer stations at the Wet Lab to facilitate this process.
Board members met July 25, 2010, to conduct regular business.
The Advanced program has been upgraded to an Examination Level.
Please inquire for guidelines regarding certification requirements and testing.
The Memorial Day Weekend field trip was moved from Bishop to Sonora due to flooding. Three students only were in attendance; one newly enrolled for July, one PG-3 student and one who certified in July; and all benefitted from the one-on-one learning experience, working with Ben Koertje and Darrin Baker. The September Mammoth Lakes field trip was cancelled due to lack of enrollment. We have instructors who are eager and willing to provide these trips, and we will continue to sponsor them if there is enough participation. Let us know if you are interested!
We hope all of you are doing well. We encourage you to come back any time for continuing education!!!
Sincerely, Academy of Equine Dentistry
Office Staff: Kathleen Stickney and Elana Gridley
Newly Certified Articles
John Comerford CEqD – I attended Irish National Stud Farrier School and have spent 25 plus years working as a farrier with showjumpers, racehorses, eventers, polo poines, hunters and driving horses. I have participated in Showjumping, Hunting, Pony Club, Eventing and Raceriding, and have had experience breaking horses and training racehorses. I attended my first course at the Academy in May 2006 and certified in July 2010.
-Co. Kilkenny, Ireland
James Miller CEqD – I grew up in south Florida and currently live in Sweetwater, Tennessee. I have been in the horse industry most of my life. During high school I rode cutting horses in the southeast including Florida High School Rodeo. I graduated from Texas Christian University and during my summers I worked for world champion cutting horse trainer Greg Welch, son of Buster Welch. During this time I started a lot of colts on cattle. Shortly after college, I began getting into team roping. I travel all over competing in rodeos and USTRC ropings. I had met some certified equine dentists who attended the Academy and had one of them work on a rope horse of mine. I noticed the difference it made on my horse and was very impressed and wanted to learn more about this field. I have always enjoyed working with horses and horse owners. I now have a great practice that allows me to travel all over and make a difference in horses. I would like to thank John Fortkamp for allowing me to travel with him and giving me pointers. I would also like to thank Carter Wilson and Roger Kelsey.
Scott Vaughn CEqD – I have been around horses all my life. Team Roping has always been a passion and training just goes with the roping. I have been blessed with the opportunity to work with some of the best trainers, vets and farriers in our area. There is always something new to learn.
I have worked in the automotive industry as a technician, a foreman and in management. I carry 14 automotive masters and still work as a Technical Operations Supervisor on the West Coast for VW Credit and Audi finance (VWOA).
I became interested in Equine Dentistry when I had to call a friend of mine (who came to this school) to do some dentistry on our own horses. After watching and listening to him, I thought, “I need to learn this” and I became hooked. The more I learned, the more I wanted to learn. I have always wanted to do something that included horses besides roping and THIS was IT. The gratification I get from working on horses and helping them out is beyond words.
I had a lot of help from my wife Kathi who supports me greatly and is my biggest fan. I also would like to thank Ben Koertje and Darrin Baker along with the great people I have met along the way at the Academy. My appreciation goes out to the instructors and staff of the Academy of Equine Dentistry.