Unfortunately, you would be wrong to assume that all Equine Dental Technicians are registered and qualified, when in fact most of the people currently working in the UK in horses mouths are not. The law currently allows anyone to advertise as an Equine Dental Technician, irrespective of whether they have any training or qualifications.

We have on occasions been called out to see horses that have been treated by people who have had minimal training, but nevertheless perform very advanced dental procedures, sometimes damaging equine teeth and on some occasions causing serious, even life-threatening injuries to the horses’ jaws, mouths and throats.

It can be difficult to know who is qualified as many practitioners have misleading adverts. The use of EqDT is meaningless and letters are often written after names that are simply associations that anyone can join for a fee.


When looking for someone to trust with your horses dental needs, there are only three organisations that offer a qualification by DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs).

Tom Grantham is one of only two approved and qualified member of The British Association of Equine Dental Technicians (BAEDT) working regularly in Lincolnshire. In addition he is a member of British Veterinary Dental Association (BVDA), member of British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) and a fully qualified Equine Veterinary Nurse.






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