Training with the AEDP


Applications for the second 2018 course have now closed. Training has commenced on 22 October 2018.


The first course of 2019 commences with distance education on 25 March 2019. Download our brochure here: Equine Dental Training Brochure 2019

Closing date for applications is 28 January 2019. When you have read the training brochure and you are interested in applying, please contact us well before the closing date to obtain the necessary application forms.


Training with the Australian Equine Dental Practice has been a stepping stone to a career for many.  Consideration for what the horse experiences during treatment takes priority and treatment methods associated with this make the training widely respected.  We endeavour to teach genuine candidates a caring approach that uses effective and measured methods which respect the natural structure of equine dentition with the aim of restoring dental conformation over a period of time.  No other persons are accredited by AEDP founder Peter Borgdorff to teach these methods. The word 'academy' or 'school' is not used, because the AEDP course is a private course and there is no national training accreditation by government for this Diploma-level equine dentistry training.

In-depth courses to Diploma level have been provided over quite a few years by the AEDP with the purpose of enabling successful trainees to practice as Diploma-qualified equine dental practitioners in the field of equine dentistry. These courses are typically 28 weeks in duration for non-veterinarians.  Particular focus is on the provision of skills where veterinary education is completely inadequate. Yet we consider collaboration with veterinarians a mainstay in complex cases so the best standard of wholistic care can be provided. AEDP trained Equine Dentists broadly carry out what is in the Diploma competencies as they were proposed by stakeholders through AgriFood Skills. The AEDP Diploma qualification provides for a comprehensive equine dentistry related theory subject base in conjunction with extensive practical competencies.

The course currently offered by the Australian Equine Dental Practice, has been developed by an experienced equine dental practitioner acutely aware of which course content is required to provide the best equine dental care model. From evolutionary anatomy and disease processes to treatment planning and nutritional advice, the intensive equine dentistry course goes well beyond that of other courses or traineeships currently offered by other organisations or institutions. The key is the process by which broad, yet in-depth knowledge leads to a sound diagnostic and treatment approach which respects natural dental function. Whether you are a Veterinary Surgeon and would like to do a Postgraduate course or are an experienced horse professional who wants to train for a Certificate, contact us and we can provide you relevant course information for you.


There are a number of issues to consider when deciding on how to learn skills required to practice equine dentistry. Equine dentistry may be a suitable career for caring, fastidious and reputable people.  The industry needs those who base their career on methods that are sound and proven by the test of time. Different courses teach different methods. Some are science based, some are not. 

Equine dental treatment must be carried out correctly. It must avoid the use of bad equipment and aggressive treatment, frequently with basic power tools. Owners of horses should be aware of the hazards of removing substantial amounts of dental material and even more so when burrs or grinders are applied without continuous water cooling.

  • Operating a dental practice requires more than just a basic knowledge of dentistry. There are ethical and business matters to be dealt with as part of the operation of a practice. 
  • Manual treatment equipment may appear basic but has been designed for good oral access with a minimum of stress to the horse.  Efforts by some to introduce crude power tools goes contrary to good practice and consideration of the horse.  The need to sedate a large percentage of horses must also be questioned. Deaths are know to have occurred where horses have reacted violently to the use of intrusive machines. The excessive opening of a horse's mouth only for the sake of getting access with machines is to be rejected completely.

Since 2006 Peter Borgdorff has worked hard and spent a considerable amount of money for the preparation of the national accreditation of the Certificate IV and a Diploma of Equine Dentistry. He was a member of the National Reference Group (Agrifoods) on behalf of the National Equine Dental Practitioners Inc. (NEDP) and the AEDP. Properly informed veterinarians strongly support the work of the NEDP members and our ethics. They work with us regularly and do not engage in anti-competitive behaviour.


About Us

Established in 1980, the Australian Equine Dental Practice has been treating horses and ponies for over 38 years and providing equine dentistry training since 1999.


Australian Equine Dental Practice

Head Office
13 Pavo Street, Balwyn North VIC 3104
Phone: (+61) 414 566 789