New Equine Dentist for the University of Florida

Toots Banner, DVM, an equine veterinary dentist, was recently hired by the University of Florida’s Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital to provide service to clients on-site and in the field.
Banner said, “Unlike the farrier, whose work is out in front for everyone to see, the work of anyone who is doing equine dentistry is literally out of sight,” said Dr. Toots Banner, a veterinarian specializing in equine dentistry and recently hired by UF’s Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital in Gainesville to provide the service to clients--both on-site and in the field.

“Anyone who is doing equine dentistry without a speculum and a very good light source has a very real chance of missing problems and irregularities. If you can’t see or feel these problems, how can you fix them?”

Banner said technological advances within the past 10 years have made the practice of equine dentistry much more attractive to practitioners, resulting in more veterinarians choosing to practice in this field. Consequently, more horses are receiving routine dental care than ever before, possibly due to enhanced overall awareness of the importance of equine dental health.

Eleanor Green, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, Dipl. ABVP, chair of the UF veterinary college’s department of large animal clinical sciences and chief of staff of the large animal hospital, said everyone in her department was enthusiastic about the idea of offering equine dentistry services through the hospital when the idea was first proposed.

“In fact, the first case Dr.Banner treated at UF was one of our own hospitalized patients, which was referred to Dr. Banner by the attending clinician,” Green said. “We are most pleased to have Dr. Banner offering this new service in our hospital. Equine dentistry has advanced to the point that patient care is enhanced by having an individual with special interest and expertise in equine dentistry.

“Dr. Banner has both,” said Green. For more information or to schedule an appointment with Banner, call 352/392-4700, ext. 5648.

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