THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF EQUINE DENTISTRY
The original International Association of Equine Dental Technicians, Inc. was founded in 1987, incorporated in 1991 and merged with the Florida Association of Equine Dentistry in 2000, and is now known as The International Association of Equine Dentistry. The IAED provides a common meeting ground and learning forum for those interested in Equine Dentistry.
The purpose of the IAED is to promote the advancement of equine dentistry throughout the world amongst veterinarians and non-veterinary dental technicians.
ABOUT IAED CERTIFICATION
The International Association of Equine Dentistry, Inc (IAED) Certification program provides the equine industry and the Association’s members with a benchmark for equine dental maintenance by defining a detailed set of standards for performing acceptable, proven, and recommended procedures.
The IAED Certification Exam is a critical and documented evaluation of a dental practitioner’s topical foundation knowledge, their depth of training, and demonstrated physical competence in the performance of equine dental procedures only. The IAED Certification Exam is a practical exam meant to demonstrate hands-on proficiency in equine dental maintenance. The IAED provides an independent, blind, and arbitrary evaluation process for all practitioners active in the profession. Horse owners cannot evaluate a practitioner under a similar microscope. The IAED hopes to serve the horse owner, as well as the horse, by evaluating individuals by our standards to prove them as proficient veterinary or non-veterinary practitioners.
The horse-owning public justly deserves to be assured and remain confident that their chosen dental practitioner, either a licensed vet or a certified technician, is not only legally permitted to work but is also actually, truly qualified, i.e., adequately trained, proven capable and competent, informed about current standards, and that he/she practices dentistry both ethically and humanely, providing an essential care service while causing no harm in the process.
The IAED Certification process intentionally and specifically confronts these threshold criteria, for every candidate that it examines, and the process serves to winnow the dedicated kernels from opportunistic chaff in the profession. With defined goals, it raises the performance bar for all equine dental practitioners equitably. Some responsible entity, very familiar and proficient inside an equine mouth, needs to represent the voice of the horse that cannot readily complain of its own discomfort caused by undetected, untreated or mismanaged dental issues.
There is no perfect testing regime for assessing every criterion flawlessly; however, the IAED’s rigorous Certification program makes an avenue available for committed practitioners who care enough to voluntarily subject themselves and their work to an independent and anonymous evaluation, conducted by experienced and previously Certified peers, that is as thorough, unbiased and critical as is practically possible, and with no inherent conflict of interest that might sway the outcome of their testing results. IAED Certification has become an acknowledged method for validating credentials in this specialty, the most comprehensive and demanding currently available worldwide, in an actively modernizing profession that is now centuries old, but still expanding.
Both member veterinarians and equine dental technicians can apply and, if successful, achieve equivalent levels of certification by this testing, though their formal secondary or higher education may vastly differ. The ultimate goal is to see what a practitioner knows and can do, and how well he/she actually does it, using the IAED’s standards and past experience as the reference points for comparison. The process has been honed over 20+ years, and it has gained considerable merited recognition, including use as professional criteria in various legal jurisdictions.
Once certified, IAED members commit to maintaining their achieved status through continuing education requirements. Every IAED member is expected to comply with local laws for equine dentistry practice but, by taking the voluntary step to successfully Certify, that member not only verifies his/her professional credentials but also commits to remaining subject for the duration of their career to the Association’s own grievance process, which will address legitimate documented complaints from clients and communicate disciplinary actions back to local authorities as needed.
This aspect of a workable global accountability, the vulnerability to professional sanction in perpetuity for willing committed practitioners anywhere, is the core that provides the essential value, the legal clout and the merited credibility that justifies the public’s placed trust. In combination, all these factors characterize the depth and scope of the IAED’s commitment not only to its certified member practitioners, and the client owners or responsible caretakers, but most especially to all of the deserving horses directly impacted by the integrity and maintained caliber of our profession.
For more information please visit www.iaedonline.com and www.thehorsestooth.com
Dave Ribeiro, EqDT, IAED-Certified
Dave welcomes the opportunity to work with your licensed veterinarian or would be happy to coordinate with one of the vets he currently works with if you prefer.
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