The Courses

Members of TriDent were involved with the LANTRA process for the National Occupation Standards (NOS) for equine dentistry in the UK. Click here

TriDent courses will aim to come into line with NOS as they are published.

You can click on the following links to find out more including the qualifications needed to become an Equine Dentist:

British Association of Equine Dental Technicians

World Wide Association of Equine Dentists 


The Courses

Both the basic & advanced courses consist of nine full days of intense training towards becoming an equine dental technician. We have changed the structure of the courses slightly to have more time to work on treating horses. As before all of the horses will be sedated during the practical training. This will allow a safer teaching environment and allow our instructors to cover more aspects of treating the horse’s mouth.

The practical sessions will be only 1-2 students per instructor, with students treating at least two horses per day. Students will be encouraged to carry out as much of the treatment as possible using either hand tools or power-driven equipment.

The theoretical lectures will cover the basics of equine dentistry through to the more advanced theories and techniques. Students will start in the basic lectures and progress to the more advanced lectures once they have reached a standard to do so. Lectures will include ageing, terminology, tooth structure, basic & advanced malocclusions, mechanics of the head, UK industry guidelines & best practices, business structure and promotion and equipment requirements.

Students will also be helped to produce presentations that they can use for promotional talks as well as present their cases to the class.

Each course will also include a guest lecturer to present on a subject of interest to equine dentistry. On past courses we have had presentations on equine nutrition, the digestive system and recent theses on different aspects of equine dentistry.


All of our practical instructors (stall leaders) and some of our lecturers are registered in the UK with either the British Association of Equine Dental Technicians (BAEDT) or the World Wide Association of Equine Dentists (WWAED). Our lead instructors, some of our stall leaders and some of our lecturers are also registered with the International Association of Equine Dentists (IAED).

All of our training will teach students how to follow the current UK guidelines for equine dental technicians regarding category 1, 2 and 3 procedures.

Each stable/stall will have an instructor and two students.

TriDent & its students (whilst attending a TriDent course) are covered for £5,000,000 Public Liability by NFU Sheffield.

Following on

Once students have attended their first course they are welcome to attend field trips organised by TriDent. The field trips will be a chance to treat horses under instruction in the “Real World” at various venues. We have already had enquiries from yards in the UK and abroad! Further details will be sent out and put on the Facebook page when available.

Students are expected to practice what they have learnt between courses as well as travelling with different EDTs. They should be aware of their limitations as a guide to their aims for the next course.

Basic Courses

These courses are suitable for those who wish to start out in an equine dentistry career & those who have recently started their career.

We have 2 slightly different level (1.1 & 1.2) requirements & course fees within this group. You will then be required to take a basic assessment exam before moving on to the more advanced courses.

Basic Courses

Advanced Courses

These courses are designed for students who have completed the basic (1.1 & 1.2) & the assessment exam. They are also for advanced equine dentists who want to further their knowledge  & training with difficult case studies & more in-depth theory.

Students who have completed course 2.2 can attend on a daily basis, depending on their requirements.

Advanced Courses