About The Instructors

The Horsemanship Dentistry School™, The Equine Practice Inc, Geoff Tucker DVM, Melissa Buday

Doesn’t it make sense that if you want to start a successful career in anything, that your instructors are not just talking the talk, but actually doing what they teach?

Geoff Tucker, DVM and Melissa Buday are not just the instructors at The Horsemanship Dentistry School™, they are very active in a successful practice where what they teach is used every day on nearly 4000 horses every year.

Read these short bios about the instructors and then dig into the meat of what this school is and how it can propel you correctly into a rewarding career as a Horsemanship Dentist.

The Horsemanship Dentistry School™, The Equine Practice Inc, Geoff Tucker DVM, Melissa BudayDr Tucker started his floating career while in veterinary school at Cornell University in New York in 1983 after starting his professional career with horses in 1973. You can do the math, but at the time of this writing, he is at the 33rd anniversary of his first float.

Since that day when his mentor showed him how to perform an oral exam by hand without a speculum, he has been perfecting the technique. After more than 3 decades and floating over 65,000 horses, he now calls his floating style The Tucker Technique of Horsemanship Dentistry.

Dr Tucker is the founder of the Horsemanship Dentistry™ movement that promotes the use of horsemanship not only in dentistry, but with anything done with horses. He is also the developer of and instructor at The Horsemanship Dentistry School™ where The Tucker Technique of Equine Dentistry™ is taught world wide.

Dr Tucker works today from Miami to New Orleans to Seattle to New York and Boston and everywhere in between. This is important as an instructor because students need to know that their instructors are successful in a career they are choosing.

The Horsemanship Dentistry School™, The Equine Practice Inc, Geoff Tucker DVM, Melissa BudayMelissa Buday got started with horses when she was 2 years old and by high school, was known as the one to call to ride any horse in town. For a short time after college, she worked outside of horses but was soon drawn back in 2009 when she found out that Dr Tucker was looking for someone to join his practice.

She tried out for the position in 2009 and has been with The Equine Practice, Inc since then.

Her natural talent with horses is now coupled with dentistry making her not only the top Horsemanship Dentist in the country, but has placed her as a Category 5 Certified Horsemanship Dentist (floating over 10,000 horses) and the lead instructor at The Horsemanship Dentistry School™.

She now does most of the Horsemanship Dentistry™ in Florida and South Carolina and often travels with Dr Tucker to work in other states when he needs an extra hand getting the volume of work done.

Most horse owners are now calling Melissa their primary equine dentist and it is this acceptance that makes her not only a great technician to learn from, but a great mentor to learn the fine art of working with the horse’s owner.