Chris PearceDirector and founder of EDC, dental specialist
CertEM(IntMed) CertES(SoftTissue) Dip.EVDC(Equine) BAEDT MRCVS. European and RCVS Recognised Veterinary Specialist in Equine Dentistry.
Chris has considerable experience in equine dentistry at all levels. He has post-graduate veterinary qualifications in internal medicine and soft tissue surgery and was the first vet in the UK to also qualify as an equine dental technician (EDT) in 2001. Chris sat the first full European Diploma of Equine Dentistry examination in 2014 making him an officially recognised Specialist with similar recognition from the RCVS. Chris has developed a wide referral client base for advanced and surgical equine dental conditions over many years, and a world-wide reputation for pioneering advanced techniques such as dental restorations.
Chris teaches, lectures and examines widely on equine dentistry in the UK and worldwide and is the current President of the European Veterinary Dental College (until 2022). Prior posts include Chairman of the BEVA/BVDA examining committee for EDT exams, BEVA Council representative for equine dentistry for 7 years, Chairman of the BEVA Dental Working Party for political aspects relating to dentistry. In 2011, Chris was the winner of the coveted Pet Plan Vet of the Year Award, an achievement that the judges awarded in recognition of Chris’s work in equine dentistry and the benefits for equine welfare.
Chris is dedicated to advancing the science of equine dentistry and is particularly interested in novel restorative and preservative treatments. This has placed EDC at the forefront of equine dentistry worldwide.
Nicole du ToitDirector and dental specialist
BVSc CertEP MSc PhD DipEVDC DipAVDC MRCVS. American and European Veterinary Specialist in Equine Dentistry.
Nicole du Toit is a world-renowned specialist in equine dentistry. She qualified from Onderstepoort veterinary school in South Africa in 2000, and then moved to the University of Edinburgh where she completed a 3 year residency in equine dentistry, followed by a PhD with combined studies at the Donkey Sanctuary in Devon.
In 2011 Nicole returned to her native South Africa to run her own dental referral practice, treating referral cases in veterinary practices throughout South Africa. In 2013 Nicole was co-opted onto the Equine Dental Specialty Organising Committee, becoming a European Specialist and Diplomat of the EVDC*.
In March 2017 Nicole moved to England and joined us here at EDC, and joined us as a Director in January 2019. Nicole has lectured and demonstrated on multiple courses world-wide, and has authored and co-authored over 50 clinical journal papers in equine dentistry.
Nicky BrooksAssociate and EDC Resident in equine dentistry
MA VetMB CertAVP(EP) CertAVP(ED) BAEDT MRCVS
Nicky is an RCVS Advanced Practitioner with a post graduate certificate in Equine Practice, and is undergoing specialist training by way of a residency here at EDC. Nicky is an extremely competent and skilled dental vet and has a large routine dental caseload with increasingly more advanced cases.
Sam BakerAssociate and EDC Resident in Equine Dentistry
Sam Baker BVSc CertAVP(ED) MRCVS
Sam graduated from University of Liverpool in 2011 and began her career in equine practice in Lancashire in the North West of England. Soon discovering a passion for equine dentistry, Sam began developing an advanced equine dentistry service. In 2017 Sam passed the RCVS Certificate in Equine Dentistry and is recognised, like Nicky as an Advanced Practitioner.
Sam joined EDC in 2019 to begin training to become a European Specialist in Equine Dentistry. Sam is the first of our vets to be based in the North West, and runs our NW branch of EDC being available for routine and advanced cases, supported by our Specialists Chris and Nicole.
From July 2020, Sam is also an official Resident of the European Veterinary Dental College, on a specialist training path with Chris and Nicole as her residency supervisors and mentors.