Terminology and Definitions

What is an ‘Equine Dentist’?

Qualified doctors who practice human dentistry are known as ‘dentists’. Veterinary surgeons who practice equine dentistry are known as veterinary surgeons!

The term ‘equine dentist’ is a misnomer – simply a description given to a lay person who rasps teeth – not the same thing at all. The correct term adopted by professional organisations for non-veterinary surgeons performing dentistry is ‘Equine Dental Technician’ or EDT.

Qualified EDT’s are a great asset to the equine industry providing routine dental rasping services and identifying cases suitable for referral to a veterinary surgeon.

If you choose to use the services of an EDT then we would highly recommend members of the British Association of Equine Dental Technicians (BAEDT). Our experience of BAEDT members is that they work professionally and within legal and ethical guidelines.

For more information on veterinary surgeons, EDT’s and the law, please visit the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA).

For information on the BAEDT, visit www.baedt.com