The NJAEP’s mission is to guard, improve, and advocate for the health/welfare of the horse, promote a collaborative forum among equine practitioners, further the professional development of its membership, and foster relationships within the industry of the State.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
NJAEP POSITION STATEMENTS
NJAEP Position Statements (September 2018)
The NJAEP acknowledges that Equine Dentistry remains of paramount importance to the overall health and well-being of the horse. The scope of dentistry has exponentially expanded within the field of veterinary medicine over the past two decades. In order to provide optimal care to the horse, a veterinarian is required to continually advance their education and maintain a comprehensive understanding and the blended affiliations with anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pharmacology, biomechanics, and patho-biology/physiology of the biological system. This advanced education and continued research defines the diagnostic and therapeutic approaches adopted and revised within the field of veterinary medicine and equine dentistry.
The NJ Veterinary Practice Act, as well as the position statements of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) and the NJ Veterinary Medical Association (NJVMA), has clearly defined Equine Dentistry as the practice of veterinary medicine including the “removal of sharp enamel projections, treatment of malocclusions of premolars, molars, and incisors…”(AAEP Position on Equine Dentistry 2012) The NJAEP fully supports these position statements.
The NJAEP acknowledges that the collaborative relationships between farriers/trimmers and veterinarians is imperative for todays’ horses. The collegiality between these individuals along with the integration of their skills has resulted in a more successful performance horse as well as an overall healthier horse. The NJAEP understands that traditional farriery/trimming to be outside of the practice of veterinary medicine. However, the use of any diagnostics (e.g., radiology) or medications for the treatment of diseases/disorders of the foot is understood as the practice of veterinary medicine.