On the right path
Q I’m at college and studying biology, maths and English. What steps do I need to take next in order to train with a good equine dentist? Matthew Kirk, Colchester James says... I personally prefer my students to have an equine science degree, as this ensures they have a solid education in the horse’s skeletal, muscular and digestive systems. However, the person’s background with horses is equally important. Treating horses’ teeth is a physical career and, for the horse, an invasive procedure. While most horses will accept being treated, a small percentage may be nervous — for example, young racehorses. This is when that sixth sense that comes from having a horsey background is invaluable. When obtaining a formal qualification, you are required to ‘chart’ each horse, so this is where your traditional education is also very important.