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Equine Performance Dentistry

October 1, 2013 @ 7:00 pm – October 1, 2013 @ 8:30 pm
Virginia Intermont College - Riding Center
Virginia Intermont College - Riding Center
20432 Stables Road, Bristol, VA 24202


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Superior Dentistry for Exceptional Horses — Performance dentistry includes examination of the head and evaluation of incisor and molar occlusion. Teeth are examined for abnormal wear and chewing pattern. A detailed, personalized record is maintained for each horse, describing historical problems and identification and correction of malocclusions.

The examination and corrections are done using a full mouth speculum. Full mouth speculums are essential for proper identification and treatment of dental problems.
Power tools are used for almost all dental procedures. Power tools enable work to be done quicker, easier and with less trauma to oral soft tissue. Also, patients spent less time with a speculum holding the mouth open.

Almost all horses are sedated. Sedation relaxes mastication muscles and facilitates dental procedures especially when major corrections are required. Sedation can be easily reversed when requested.


Bayard A Rucker, D.V.M.  Graduated from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in1975 and has been in practice with his wife Peggy (also D.V.M., UGA 1975) in Lebanon, Virginia since graduation.

I developed an interest in equine dentistry in the mid 80’s and my US/International practice is limited to equine dentistry. I have computerized radiology enabling me to take and view radiographs on location.

I have lectured and conducted live animal equine dental seminars in the US and Canada for the past 14 years. I have spoken to Veterinary Associations in several provinces in Canada* and to many regional, state and local veterinary continuing education meetings.

I was one of the principal presenters of the In-Depth equine dental seminar at the 1996 American Association of Equine Practitioners annual meeting in Denver, CO. I have presented several papers at the annual AAEP meetings and at the 2006 FOCUS on Dentistry conference. At the 2007 AAEP annual meeting I presented “Identification of re-occurring cheek teeth malocclusions” and was a facilitator for the 90 minute table topic session on advanced dentistry.

I have been a coordinator and instructor for the last 7 AAEP Dental Labs at Lexington KY. in Sept. and the past chair of the AAEP dental Committee.

The Virginia Veterinary Medical Association awarded me the Service Award in 2000 and 2007 for service to the veterinary profession and the VVMA.


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