Advanced Veterinary Dentistry Equine Fellowship Table Topic (AAEP 2010)

The process of becoming an Equine Fellow in the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry was covered during one of the Table Topic sessions at the 2010 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention, held Dec. 4-8 in Baltimore, Md. There are two phases to completion of the Equine Dental fellowship: credentialing and testing. To begin the credentialing portion the individual needs to identify a mentor who is currently a Fellow of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry or a Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College. This mentor will assist students in logging cases in the dental disciplines of orthodontic, endodontic, periodontic, surgery, restorative, and radiographic dentistry. The student must log cases for two years and write four papers detailing cases in four different dental disciplines. There also is a requirement for membership in the American Veterinary Dental Society and attendance at the Veterinary Dental Forum. Other details to the credentialing portion can be found at

After the candidate has successfully completed the credentials he or she can sit for the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry Equine Fellow examination. This exam consists of a multiple choice portion and a bench examination. Passing the fellowship process means results in successful completion of an advanced dental education program. The process changes the practitioner's frame of reference from a surgical or medical point of view to a dental point of view.

This session was moderated by Caroline Niederman, VMD, of Complete Equine Dental Maintenance in Weir, Texas, and Jeff Reiswig, DVM, PhD, FAVD/Eq, a veterinary dental provider from Pataskala, Ohio.

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