Horse Dentistry School and Degree Program Information

Jan 02, 2019

Horse dentistry is important to the overall health and performance of the animal. Those interested in the field may find applicable training within a doctoral program in veterinary medicine. Few academic programs specialize in equine dentistry, though some may offer a concentration or elective courses.

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While schools rarely provide degree programs specifically in equine dentistry, a common academic path for entry into the profession includes earning a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM). According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 30 schools with accredited programs in the U.S. in 2015.

Accredited Veterinary Schools

The following 4-year institutions have accredited veterinary schools that offer a DVM:

College/University Location Institution Type Program Tuition and Fees for Year 1 (2016-2017)*
Auburn University Auburn, AL 4-year, Public $18,418 (In-state)
$44,022 (Out-of-state)
University of California - Davis Davis, CA 4-year, Public $31,324 (In-state)
$43,569 (Out-of-state)
Tufts University Medford, MA 4-year, Private $47,010 (In-state)
$51,882 (Out-of-state)
Colorado State University Fort Collins, CO 4-year, Public $57,766
Michigan State University East Lansing, MI 4-year, Public $29,804 (In-state)
$56,546 (Out-of-state)
Iowa State University Ames, IA 4-year, Public $22,651 (In-state)
$48,757 (Out-of-state)
Purdue University West Lafayette, IN 4-year, Public $19,928 (In-state)
$44,756 (Out-of-state)
University of Minnesota Minneapolis, MN 4-year, Public $31,420 (In-state)
$56,478 (Out-of-state)
University of Wisconsin - Madison Madison, WI 4-year, Public $22,762 (In-state)
$35,906 (Out-of-state)
Ohio State University Columbus, OH 4-year, Public $31,148 (In-state)
$69,524 (Out-of-state)

Sources: *School Websites

School Selection Criteria

The following are some important considerations for potential students:

  • Elective dentistry courses may be within a DVM program and may offer concentrations in horse dentistry.
  • Find out the clinical rotation of a school and if hands-on experience in equine dentistry may be an option.
  • Make sure a program properly prepares you for obtaining certification from the International Association of Equine Dentistry.
  • Residencies are usually a required part of the program, and therefore, students may wish to see what specializations are available for their residency.

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Schools that provide accredited doctoral programs qualify graduates to sit for national certification and licensure examinations in order to practice veterinary medicine. Generally, acceptance mandates holding a bachelor's degree, and some schools may insist on science-related undergraduate majors. Aspiring veterinarians must typically complete a residency before receiving a doctorate. Some programs may offer a separate large animal track or include these studies within the general curriculum.

Horse Dentistry and Oral Surgery Residency

Residencies happen at the end of a DVM program. Residents may participate in a variety of teaching exercises designed to provide a variety of practical education and experience. Horse dentistry residencies may include specific training in floating, teeth extraction, cleaning, oral surgery and sedation.

Students interested in horse dentistry should first earn their DVM from an accredited veterinary school. When choosing a school to attend, students should keep in mind program concentrations and other hands-on experiences that could prepare them for certification in equine dentistry.

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