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How can equine dentistry be learned online? Don’t you need to work on horses to be good at this?

Every coursework I have ever taken through all my years of school including veterinary medicine, SCUBA diving, and driving a truck, have in common a training portion involving classroom study. Now that computer connections are common, online education has become commonplace in every training situation you can think of.

The online coursework, like the classroom training in vet school, gives the foundations of terminology, theory, and techniques without the hassle of leaving your family or job. I have had people interested in becoming equine dentists travel to south Florida to train for a few days WITHOUT the coursework only to become frustrated when they were unable to understand the language, the theories, the principles and the variety of specific techniques involved in equine dentistry. This foundation of knowledge is so important to know before doing any hands on training.

The computer environment is perfect for online training.  Through writing skills that thoroughly describe in words what I need you to see along with over 2500 photographs that I have personally taken, white board presentations I have done and videos of floating techniques, the computer proves to be the best medium for learning.  It is like the classroom coming to you.

Both Melissa and I use a helmet camera and a moving stall camera to simultaneously film complete floats on horses. These 2 videos are synchronized and shown on the same video screen (picture within a picture) with the floater’s actual voice coming through the left ear and my post production narration added to the right ear. These videos can be scrolled through and paused to learn exactly as if you were there with us.

The short answer is no, you can’t learn equine dentistry completely from a course on a computer.  But what it can do is make it a lot easier and more efficient when you come here for hands on training.  After all, didn’t we read the driver’s manual before learning how to drive?  More information can be found here.

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Is there hands on training offered?

Students who have completed the coursework and passed the final exam of The Horsemanship Dentistry School™ become eligible to visit an instructor in south Florida for 5 days. This hands on training will prevent developing poor techniques as well as help you develop good techniques and horsemanship skills.

Hands on training is offered every month here in Florida. You will see the calendar dates once enrolled. Just select your dates and reserve your space. More information can be found here.

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If I am certified, am I legal in my state or country?

Becoming certified in Horsemanship Dentistry™ is important to assure horse owners of a level of competency and integrity. But certification granted by me OR ANYONE ELSE has no legal meaning in most states or countries as far as the legality of practicing equine dentistry. The exceptions are in states and countries where they explicitly say in their veterinary practice acts that a described certification process allows non-veterinary equine dentists to float teeth.

The school will be seeking approval from a continuing education certification organization in the future followed by becoming accredited in as many states as possible to allow non-veterinarians to provide the husbandry aspect of equine dentistry (floating).

You must check with the veterinary practice act of the state or country you are working in to determine if you are legal (perform a Google search or visit here for a good summary of laws). Be assured that becoming “certified” by any organization has no legal authority for you to practice in every state or country.

If you are a veterinarian, however, you may become licensed in any state but there are some states that even if you become licensed in the state they will make it difficult to practice in if you are not a resident.

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Do I need to travel to Florida to become certified?

The simple answer is yes.

Certification is offered every month here in Florida on the Saturday following the hands on training days. You will see the calendar dates once enrolled. Just select your date and reserve your space. More information here.

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Why become certified in Horsemanship Dentistry™?

Graduates who become certified are being evaluated by us to determine if the dentist fully understands this concept of equine dentistry. When certified, you will be recognized and listed as being certified on the web site of The Horsemanship Dentistry School™.

Certified graduates will also be eligible for the Post Graduate Success Systems designed to support your growth in this profession. For those using Horsemanship Dentistry™ as a career choice, there is a system designed to make your career move as easy as possible.

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How long does it take to complete the school? Is there a time limit?

There is no time limit for graduating. The course does progress from start to finish, one course unit at a time but there is no time limit for each unit. The units are sequential so there is no skipping around but you can take as long as you want. Your access to the material will not end. The only exception is the final exam which is a timed unit.

There are about 82 course units and each may take on average 1 hour if studied and comprehended. In addition there are many hours of videos in the student library.

Depending on your current knowledge, it may take a veterinarian or trained equine dentist a week or two while someone learning this for the first time may need a month to complete the studies.

You will need to add 5 days to your coursework time for the hands on training in Florida.

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Can I make a living at equine dentistry?

Yes. There are over 100 million horses, asses, and mules in the world – all with teeth that continually erupt and sharpen with every chew and lick from the tongue. While there are many equine dentists in the world, this school will also teach integrity and horsemanship skills that will separate you from others whose standards and abilities may not be as good as yours.

In my practice today, there are many weekly requests for the style of dentistry we teach at this school. Horse owners everywhere are looking for dentists that do not automatically drug their horses or use a speculum, immobilize their horses, or use power equipment.

Horsemanship Dentistry™ is active through social media, blogs, articles, live events, and personal contacts in educating horse owners everywhere that there is a better way to perform dentistry on their horses.

The movement has begun and hence there is a greater demand for Horsemanship Dentistry™.

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How long will it take to become good at equine dentistry?

This question is very personal. The purpose of the school is to give you a solid foundation to grow on and start a career. The bottleneck in your growth is you and your ability to believe that you can do what we do. I personally have become better since I have mentored Melissa and started this school.

One of the basic tenants of this school is to develop students into amazing equine dentists and we will encourage you as well as challenge you. But we will never push you to move faster than you feel comfortable in moving within the school.

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Can I start doing equine dentistry as soon as I graduate?

Upon graduation you will have all the information you will need to start working on horses. Like any endeavor, you will need time to hone your skills. To this end, you will have continued access to the course material for review as well as continued support from all the other students and graduates through several avenues. The goal of The Horsemanship Dentistry School™ is to help you become the best equine dentist you can be. See the next few questions.

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Will there be help while I am a student?

Every student is invited to join a secret and private Facebook User Group. These are unpublished by Facebook and are only accessed by invitation from an Admin (instructors). Therefore only students and graduates are able to see and post in this group. Why this works is because everyone will be able to learn from the questions asked. In addition, it is a place to go to every day that you are a student to find out what was asked overnight. A lot can be learned this way.

There is a student library filled with material to continually review.

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Will there be help after I graduate?

Yes. You will still have access to the Facebook User Group, the coursework and student library.

Basic record keeping software will be available for all graduates.

Certified graduates can have access to a higher level of support and even advanced business tools.

Go here to look at the different options after graduation.

You will always be able to email or call an instructor.

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Is the web site searchable for information?

Yes. The table of contents is the best way but searching for a word or set of words will bring up a list of units where the word is used. In addition, the Facebook user group is also searchable.