I have heard horse vets criticise what they like to call ‘laymen’ dentists. What have you got to say about that?

Q.I have heard horse vets criticise what they like to call ‘laymen’ dentists. What have you got to say about that?

A. I have no control over what vets say. I have seen some substandard work carried out by vets as well as some by horse dentists who aren’t vets. All I can say is I do my best to offer the best outcome for horse and owner. I strive to do the very best I can for every horse and keep up to date by studying constantly. I strongly feel in life we can always learn more and will always strive to do just that. Early in my career as a horse dentist another dentist pointed out how he believed I could improve my work. I evaluated his comments and made every effort to take his comments on board. Any practitioner should not be adverse to gaining more skills. If people refused to evaluate and move on, neurosurgery would still involve the use of large mallets. I enjoy my work and as a horseman gain a lot of satisfaction in it.