Academy News Letter Oct. 22

Universal School of Horse Dentistry, Inc. dba

Academy of Equine Dentistry

P.O. Box 999

242 E. 1st Ave.

Glenns Ferry, Idaho 83623

October 15, 2014

We are having a lovely fall here in southern Idaho. Temperatures were near 100 F during July class, and then to our relief, August was a bit cooler with some rains.

We had a great class, consisting of six Anatomy students, and nine D-100, four D-200, 12 D-300/400, and 19 D-500 students. Instructors and assistants were John Fortkamp, Bernie Fletcher DVM, Nick Stuckman RVT, Troy Walck, Stephenie Carpenter and Ben Koertje.

Congratulations to our July 2014 Certified Technicians!!!

Jana Arnhold-Zedelius DVM – GERMANY

Aidan Cotter CEqD – IRELAND

Lars Schulte DVM, CEqD – GERMANY

Lee Ann Thomas CEqD – TEXAS


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We are busy preparing for November session, which is promising to be a good size class.

Please call the office to enroll in an upcoming session.

Dental Class Dates for 2014 and 2015

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

A-100 Three-Day Anatomy February 18-20, 2015

D-100-400 Two-Week Dental February 23-March 6, 2015

D-500 One-Week Advanced Dental March 2-6, 2015

A-100 Three-Day Anatomy July 8-10, 2015

D-100-400 Two-Week Dental July 13-24, 2015

D-500 One-Week Advanced Dental July 20-24, 2015

A-100 Three-Day Anatomy November 4-6, 2015

D-100-400 Two-Week Dental November 9-20, 2015

D-500 One-Week Advanced Dental November 16-20, 2015


A-100 3-day Anatomy $ 970.00*

D-100 2-week Dental 4,600.00

D-200 2-week Dental 3,200.00

D-300 2-week Dental 1,800.00

D-400 1 or 2-week Dental 1,100.00

D-500 1-week Advanced Dental 600.00

* Anatomy is to be taken prior to or in conjunction with D-100.

Transition from Certification to Endorsement

Academy Certification Discontinued

Effective with the July 2014 session, the Academy will no longer “certify” students, but rather “endorse” successful D-400 students. All requirements remain for D-400 fourth level.

Academy D-400 Endorsement Program

This course is for students who are ready for practical examination,

having met all requirements to be eligible for this level.

Students must pass written and practical examinations.

Tuition is $1,100 regardless of days attending.

Most students attend both weeks.

IAED Certification

Upon successful completion of D-400 students have the option of attempting certification with the IAED.

A Letter of Recommendation from the school will be provided on behalf of the student and

IAED will hold its certification here at our facility. Certification fee is $750.00.

Attention: Continuing Education for Texas Vet Board Licensing

The Academy’s Anatomy class, sponsored by IAED, has recently been approved by the Texas Vet Board to fulfill its continuing education requirement for licensing; also Arizona’s and Virginia’s. At this time, the Academy’s dental courses have not been approved by the Texas Vet Board. However, all Academy continuing education is approved for IAED CE requirements to maintain certification.

Please accept our apology for any prior misinformation.

Academy D-500 Continuing Education

This five-day class is worth 50 credit/hours of continuing education for our advanced students.

As we will no longer be certifying, it is imperative Academy certified students continue to meet the requirement of 50 credit hours every two years to maintain Academy certification.

All students certifying with IAED are encouraged to maintain a high standard by attending the D-500 advanced class every two years, which fulfills the continuing education requirement to maintain Academy Endorsement and IAED Certification.

This class is open to individuals who have not studied at the Academy – for continuing educational purposes.

Those qualified are certified equine dental technicians or veterinarians or others who are advanced in equine dentistry. Attendance records are provided but credits do not count toward advancement within the Academy program. Applications are considered on an individual basis to insure eligibility.

Please call the office if you have any questions. If we have not covered something, let us know. We hope you are all doing well and always look forward to seeing you again.

Elana Gridley, Office Manager and John Fortkamp CEqD

Phone: 208-366-2315 or 2318

Fax: 208-366-2315 Call First!

July 2014 Academy Endorsed and IAED Certified Students

Jana Arnhold-Zedelius DVM – Jana has had horse handling experience since childhood, specifically with Icelandic horses. She has worked as a veterinarian, primarily with horses, for over four years, and decided in 2012 to specialize in Equine Dentistry. She learned a lot traveling with Carsten Vogt DVM CEqD and soon realized that for veterinarians in Germany there is no adequate further education to learn about equine dentistry. Therefore she first attended the Academy in November 2013 with the goal of going into business for herself as an equine dentist veterinarian, and now certified in July 2014.

A big opportunity has come her way recently, with a new job offer. Beginning December 2014 she will be working in one of the largest and highly specialized dental clinics in Germany, at the Zahnstation Gessertshausen lead by Dr. Timo Zwick. She is going to learn more about high standardized dental and head surgery and diagnostics like computer tomography or sinus-endoscopy. Her plans include returning to the Academy about once a year to keep in touch with her “dental family.” – Hamburg, Germany

Aidan Cotter CEqD – I’m 23 years old from Cork in Ireland. I’ve been working with horses all my life as a Riding Instructor, but always had an interest in dentistry. I used to watch my dentist hand float my horse, and when I dropped out of college in Ireland, I decided to give Equine Dentistry a “go.” It is definitely the best decision I’ve ever made! Not only do we have so much fun at the Academy of Equine Dentistry, it’s also full of extremely intense work that I thoroughly enjoy every time. I also have the Academy to thank for introducing me to Mr. John Collins CEqD, an Academy certified equine dental technician who lives near me in Ireland and who has taken me under his wing and gotten me to the level I’m at today. I’ll never be able to thank him enough for all he’s done for me, but hopefully, now that I’m certified, it will make all John’s hard work worthwhile! – Cork, Ireland

Lars Schulte DVM, CEqD – After my basic schooling, I was educated as a joiner/carpenter; thereafter studied veterinary medicine at University, and then worked some years as a veterinarian in a horse clinic and other veterinary practices. I founded my own vet practice in 2008, working on horses. The need for dentistry in my practice increased and I knew I had to learn more about it, to know more about what to do in the horse’s oral cavity. I realized my knowledge from University wasn’t enough, so I decided to spend all my money going to Idaho, where I could get the specialized knowledge I needed. After attending the first session, my subsequent visits felt like “I was coming

home.” Being “Dedicated to the Spirit of the Horse” is what convinced me I was at the right place!

– Schleswig-Holstein GERMANY

Lee Ann Thomas CEqD – In 2013 my only child was approaching high school graduation and I began to wonder what I would do with the time I had spent with him as he was growing up. I looked into going to vet school as this was my plan when I was a kid. I had started a family early in life so this was not an option as long as my son was at home. I learned that this was going to cost so much and take so much time that it was not a practical choice due to my age and getting a late start. After much thought, I decided to attend the Academy.

I was born into the horse industry. Riding and training horses have been my passion my entire life. I grew up on rodeo horses and began riding and showing cutting horses about 14 years ago. I have ridden performance horses my whole life. I started having dental work done on my own horses several years ago and I noticed that this was the missing link to why many horses just aren’t making it to the top performance level. I realized dentistry is what I wanted to be able to give back to the horses after all these years. I enjoy educating the horse owners, but most of all I love helping horses to live long, healthier lives.

After some serious research and a recommendation from a dentist in my area, I decided to pursue my goal and chose to attend the Academy of Equine Dentistry, a school that has proven to be at the top of the standard of equine dentistry. I thank the certified dental technicians and veterinarians who have helped me reach my goal, and especially Sean Strain DVM, CEqD for taking the time to work with me and sharing his knowledge as well as building my confidence to the level I needed to certify. – Amarillo, Texas

Maaike van Ree DVM, CEqD – When Maaike first attended the Academy, she had just recently graduated in December 2011 in veterinary medicine from Utrecht University. She worked with horses during this time, including several externships at equine clinics in the The Netherlands and the faculty of veterinary medicine at UC Davis, California and Rodd & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky. She has been riding horses for over 15 years, including her own Dutch Warm blood, mostly dressage and jumping. She became interested in our program through Jan Kroes DVM, CEqD and in addition to being an equine veterinarian, wanted to become an equine dental technician.

– Utrecht, The Netherlands