Equine Dentistry Schools and Certification

Equine dentistry is emerging as a specialty within established veterinary schools. A number of veterinary colleges offer programs focusing specifically on equine health, and may offer paths for specializing in dental care for horses. Learn about the requirements for becoming a veterinarian and focusing on equine dentistry. Schools offering Animal Care degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

Veterinarians who want to provide dental services to horses will need to complete veterinary school an earn a license. Although equine dentistry is not currently a formal, recognized specialization in the field, interested veterinarians can train in equine health and veterinary dentistry to prepare to treat patients.

Degree Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
License Required to practice
Salary $88,490 per year (median salary for veterinarians)

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (May 2015)

Where Do I Start?

You need a veterinary license to work in equine practice, which can be achieved after you earn a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. The American Veterinary Medical Association offers accreditation to 28 veterinary schools in the U.S. where you can earn a D.V.M.

To enter one of these schools, you need to take one of a wide range of tests, including the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), the Veterinary College Admission Test (VCAT) and the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). You also need to complete undergraduate college coursework in biology, biochemistry, zoology, microbiology, animal science or a related field.

Where Can I Become Recognized as an Equine Dentist?

You need a very specialized skill set to work in equine dentistry. Veterinarians work in a variety of settings, including zoos and laboratories, but only a minority work in equine health.

The AVMA recognizes 40 veterinary specialties in which you can earn accredited training courses at veterinary colleges. This list of programs does not include equine dentistry, but does include both veterinary dentistry and equine health. For the time being, you can find courses focusing on this area within existing veterinary schools. Many veterinary colleges also offer equine health programs and courses.

To continue researching, browse degree options below for course curriculum, prerequisites and financial aid information. Or, learn more about the subject by reading the related articles below:

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