Advanced Equine Dentistry (AED)
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Advanced Equine Dentistry was set up in November 2016 by Heather Urquhart, who is an Equine Vet and qualified Equine Dental Technician.
Heather graduated from the University of Glasgow Veterinary School in 2005, and, following a brief stint in mixed practice, has worked as a practicing Equine Vet for the last 9 years. During this time her passion for Equine Dentistry has grown, resulting in her sitting both her RCVS Certificate in Advanced Equine Practice (CertAVP) in Equine Dentistry and the joint BEVA/BVDA accredited exams to become a qualified Equine Dental Technician. Heather is currently listed as an RCVS Advanced Practitioner in Equine Dentistry, and is a member of the British Association of Equine Dental Technicians (BAEDT).
As a veterinary surgeon, Heather is able to administer sedation and pain relief to your horse as necessary. Light sedation causes the horse to relax, allows better access to the (often tight) spaces at the back of the mouth and allows a more thorough examination to be undertaken. It is also often safer for you, the owner, if you are not having to try and control a worried horse wearing a heavy metal contraption on his head.
Whilst routine removal of sharp enamel points shouldn't be painful, extensive dental reductions, extractions, or removal of food material from gaps between the teeth (diastemata) often are - in these cases your horse may be offered additional pain relief alongside sedation.
In her ‘spare’ time Heather enjoys competing her own horse Merlin, and walking her 2 dogs Tia and Heidi - who you may meet if you book an appointment, as they can usually be found on the back seat of the car!
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns about your horses' teeth.