Academy News Oct. 2013

October 1, 2013

Greetings! Hope you are all enjoying some great fall weather as we are, after a long, hot summer.  We had a great July class: 18 Anatomy students; 10 D-100; 6 D-200, 9 D-300 and D-400 students, and 22 Certified students attended D-500 advanced class.  Everyone worked hard in the classroom, listening to lectures, taking notes and tests, and working on horses.  Many students participated in a float trip down the Snake River on Saturday between classes, in canoes, kayaks, and inner tubes – a good way to beat the heat.  Temperature averaged 100 degrees F during the entire session.class photo

anatomy class July 2013                                                                       Anatomy Class July 2013

advanced                                               Advance Class July 2013

Congratulations to our July Certified technicians!   

Jon Denning CEqD – Steamboat Springs, Colorado, USA

Viviane Kleine CEqD – Meppel, Drenthe, The Netherlands

Jared Sansom CEqD – Benoni, Gauteng, South Africa

Doris Vonder Aue – Loon Op Zand, The Netherlands

See certified articles at the end of this letter and visit the blog for photos.

Board of Directors

The directors met during July session to conduct regular business.

Continuing Education

Continuing education is central to our program.  All students are encouraged to return for continuing education and work toward Academy certification.

ATTENTION: Certified Equine Dental Technicians

Certified students need 50 hours of continuing education every 18 months to maintain Academy Certification. Certified technicians are expected to attend the Academy’s advanced program to stay up to date on the latest lectures and techniques; to remain the best technicians in the industry, to protect their reputations and integrity of the school, and it is in the best interest of the horse.  Our policy allows for a six-month grace period and also recognizes credits from elsewhere each alternate period, so let us know here in the office of any continuing education you may have acquired so we can update your file.  We have allowed several exceptions to this rule, especially since going from four to three sessions per year beginning in 2010, to work with those who recognize the importance of continuing education and whose intentions are to return at the soonest possible time.  From now on though, this requirement will be enforced, so please make every effort to avoid your certification lapsing.   Reinstatement requires attendance of both weeks at the D-400 tuition level and recertification is not guaranteed.  Student must pass both written and practical exams. A couple of options are suggested in lieu of attending Advanced week, especially if you haven’t taken Anatomy or been in attendance for first week for some time:  Attend first week for the latest lectures and work on horses Thursday and Friday or repeat Anatomy and attend first two days of first week lectures.  We are really encouraging this.  Please call the office with any questions, so we can guide you.  

FFA ConventionFFA

We will participate again this year at the National FFA Convention to be held in Louisville, Kentucky, October 30th to November 2nd, 2013.  Certified dental technicians Nick Stuckman RVT, Kristy Chronister RVT, and Jodi Miller will again represent the Academy as they did at last year’s convention in Indianapolis in October.


                        European Field Trip

Dr. Daan Staller CEqD and Martijn Goumans CEqD, Academy Examiners,  from The Netherlands are planning a field trip in May 2014.  The purpose will be to provide  pre-certification Academy students, primarily Europeans, an opportunity to obtain field credits to help meet the requirement of traveling and working with Certified technicians.  It would count for five of the 10 days required.  Look for more information in our next newsletter scheduled for the end of the year, after November session.

We are looking at a good size class for November and have already begun enrollment for February 2014.  Please consider attending any of our upcoming sessions.


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

Fun In July class floating down the Snake River

Elana Gridley, Office Manager

                                                         Phone: 208/366-2315 or 2318

Fax: 208/366-2315 Call First!