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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.

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