Certificate of Recognition
Our primary goal is to promote qualified care through proper techniques, resources, and continuing education for the betterment and health of the horse.
Smaller equine or the miniature class of equine pose overall challenges in providing dental maintenance and
care that requires an acquired skill set. By mastering these skills, we have an opportunity to raise the standard
of care for these smaller breeds. Elevating the standard of care is part of the mission of the EDPA.
Currently, the EDPA provides approved certification for entry-level skills as required for licensing. In addition,
the EDPA provides annual education programs as a commitment to lifelong learning; which is the obligation of
every licensed professional regardless of their profession.
The EDPA is committed to providing focused and competent dental care for the horses we serve. Our small
equine patients require additional education, training, and experience in order to meet their needs. Therefore,
as we strive to raise the standard of care, we are required to meet those goals.
The EDPA is offering a Small Equine Certificate Recognition testing process for those members who have
already completed the EDPA Certification Testing. At the end of the testing process, the candidate will receive a
Certificate of Recognition in Small Equine Dental Studies and Testing
You will be able to display or advertise the certificate as part of your credentials.
** NOTE: You cannot use the term “Specialist or Specializing”. That term is reserved for Board Certified
individuals by recognized specialties within the American Veterinary Medical Association
(AVMA) and subsequently reserved for veterinarians.
Payment Breakdown for EDPA Certified Members: Total fee for Small Equine Testing is $250
1. $50 Evaluation Fee; due when submitting ALL case studies
2. $200 final Testing
Payment Breakdown for EDPA Certified Non-Members: Total fee for Small Equine Testing is $400
1. $100 Evaluation Fee; due when submitting ALL case studies
2. $300 final Testing
*** Online Application is Prefered IF You Can Not Apply or Submit Forms Online Please Download Small Equine Certificate of Recognition Testing
To begin the Certificate of Recognition testing by the EDPA, the candidate must start by completing and submitting the following with the Application:
Credential Documents (copies of):
- EDPA Certification Certificate
- License(s) held in State you work in. (if state requires)
- Continuing Education Documentation (last two years)
- Reference Letters: 2 clients and 2 Veterinarians
PART 1- PRACTICAL LIVE HORSE TESTING
1. Submission of 4 cases of various ages and various degrees of difficulty
a. Various ages:
i. 1 case of a 2-4 year old
ii. 1 case of a 5-10 year old
iii. 1 case of a 11-20 year old
v. 1 case of a 21+ year old
2. Each case study MUST be submitted with the following:
a. A DETAILED dental chart with Recommendations
b. EDPA Small Equine Testing Supervising Veterinarian Evaluation Form
c. LABELED Before and After Photos
i. Incisors: Left, Central, and Right Views
ii. Intraoral: Clear Views of All Arcades!!!
1. 100 and 200 arcades together
2. 300 ad 400 arcades separate (together only if both arcades can be seen
d. Photos of any tooth extractions and any other pathology that you note.
e. Side picture of the entire horse/ Equipment candidate used
• FLUSH ORAL CAVITY BEFORE TAKING ALL PHOTOS!
Unclear photos will be disqualified!!
The 4 case studies will be reviewed by the evaluation team within 60 days. The candidate will be notified by the Certification Director via email if they passed or failed. Passing candidates will move on to the next testing process.