A dozen veterinarians from around the world have been certified as founding diplomates of the new equine specialty of the American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC).
The 12 passed the college’s first certification examination, administered online in September 2013. Their specialty provisional recognition was granted last April by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) American Board of Veterinary Specialties, and announced last November in Atlanta with Dr. Jennifer Rawlinson, Fort Collins, Colorado, as specialty chair.
Seven of the founding diplomates are from the US, with the remainder from Canada, South Africa, Austria, Britain, and Australia.
Dr. Ed Murphey, assistant director of the AVMA Education and Research Division, said one of the criteria for recognition as a new specialty is whether the field represents a distinct facet of veterinary medicine and is substantiated by a sizeable volume of scientific evidence. Equine dentistry met that threshold not only because of the anatomic differences between horses and other animals but also because of the number of continuing education opportunities, book chapters, published papers, and courses offered at veterinary colleges in this area, he said.
The equine dental specialty’s petition for recognition stated that equine practitioners and horse owners have become more aware of the importance of oral health and high-quality dental services. With an increasingly interested AVDC member body and a supportive veterinary and public sector, the college said the time was right to establish an equine dental specialty.
An AVDC Equine Dental Specialty Diplomate (AVDC-EQ) is a veterinarian who has been certified by AVDC as having demonstrated specialist knowledge and expertise in equine veterinary dentistry as a result of completing the AVDC entrance requirements and having successfully passed the AVDC Equine examination.
The next certification examinations are an online examination in March and a practical examination in July at the Oquendo Education Center in Las Vegas.
The founding equine veterinary dental specialists are:
- Robert Baratt, Salem, Connecticut
- James Carmalt, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
- Nicole du Toit, Tulbagh, South Africa
- Edward Earley, Williamsport, Pennsylvania
- Jack Easley, Shelbyville, Kentucky
- David Foster, Morganville, New Jersey
- Stephen Galloway, Somerville, Tennessee
- Michael Lowder, Athens, Georgia
- Robert Pascoe, Mereworth, United Kingdom
- Jennifer Rawlinson, Equine Specialty chair, Fort Collins, Colorado (already an AVDC diplomate)
- Hubert Simhofer, Vienna
- Gary Wilson, Gatton, Australia