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Equine Teeth Floating

In 2005, the Minnesota Legislature amended the Veterinary Practice Act to allow non-veterinarians who have met certain criteria to provide equine teeth floating services. The law required equine teeth floaters to be certified by the International Association of Equine Dentistry (IAED) or other professional equine dentistry associations as determined by the Board. Click on a name below to see more information about a Board-registered equine teeth floater.

Michael Degner 
12308 Hwy 4 South 
Box 174 
Cosmos, MN 
Certified by Equine Gnathological Training Institute 
Supervisor: Dr. Steven Rumsey, Willmar

Registered by the Board: 10/18/2012

Melanie Hoeck 
1650 E. 2800 St. 
Wendell, ID 83355-3033 
Certified by Academy of Equine Dentistry 
Supervisor: Dr. John Hoeck

Registered by the Board: 5/6/2013

Carl Mitz
4386 Gaskamp Rd.
Washington, TX
Certified by Intl. Assn. Of Equine Dental Technicians
Supervisor: Dr. Michael Peterson, Cannon Falls

Registered by the Board: 6/16/2011

James Johnson 
Grandfathered in by 2005 legislation

Amanda Prochazka
31679 640th Ave
Hartland, MN 56042
Certified by Texas Institute of Equine Dentistry
Supervisor: Dr. David Wessling, Albert Lea

Registered by the Board: 5/23/2014

Chad Lee
84 200th St N.
Hawley, MN  56549
Certified by the Academy of Equine Dentistry of Glens Ferry, ID and the IAED 
Supervisor: Dr. Sarah Lee, Hawley, MN

Registered by the Board: 7/12/2017

Programs that are currently recognized by the Minnesota Board of Veterinary Medicine for certification as equine teeth floaters:  

1) International Association of Equine Dentistry

2) Academy for Equine Dentistry – approved by Board May 14, 2008

3) Equine Gnathological Training Institute – approved by Board May 10, 2011

4) Texas Institute of Equine Dentistry – approved by Board September 27, 2011

5) Equine Dental Providers of America - approved by Board September 9, 2015

After obtaining certification by one of the programs listed above, the individual must provide the Board of Veterinary Medicine with documentation of their certification along with a written statement from a Minnesota veterinarian who will provide direct or indirect supervision. 

Minnesota Statutes 156.075; Requirement for Equine Teeth Floaters 

Subdivision 1. Definitions. For purposes of this section the following terms have the meanings given them. 

    (a) "Equine teeth floating" means: 

        (1) removal of enamel points from teeth with handheld, nonmotorized, non-air-powered  files or rasps; 

        (2) reestablishing normal molar table angles and freeing up lateral excursion and other normal movements of the mandible; 

        (3) shaping the lingual aspect of the lower arcades and the buccal aspect of the upper arcades to a rounded smooth surface; and 

        (4) removing points from the buccal aspect of the upper arcade and the lingual aspect of the lower arcade. 

    (b) "Indirect supervision" means a veterinarian must be available by telephone or other form of immediate communication. The veterinarian must be currently licensed under this chapter. 

Subd. 2. Equine teeth floating services. 

    (a) A person may perform equine teeth floating services after submitting to the Board the following: 

        (1) proof of current certification from the International Association of Equine Dentistry or other professional equine dentistry association as determined by the Board; and 

        (2) a written statement signed by a supervising veterinarian experienced in large animal medicine that the applicant will be under direct or indirect supervision of the veterinarian when floating equine teeth. 

    (b) The Board must waive the requirement in paragraph (a), clause (1), and allow a person to perform equine teeth floating services if the person provides satisfactory evidence of being actively engaged in equine teeth floating for at least ten of the past 15 years and has generated at least $5,000 annually in personal income from this activity.

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