Conduct equine oral inspection and assessment and plan equine dental treatment

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Evidence Guide
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Registered Training Organisations
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Elements and Performance Criteria



1 Conduct pre-examination procedures

1.1 Horse health, injury and use history is obtained

1.2 Reasons for equine dental appointment are clarified and more appropriate options outlined to the owner or carer if necessary

1.3 Basic assessment of condition, muscle tone and balance is conducted and documented

1.4 Features of head and neck anatomy are identified and general function is assessed

1.5 The behaviour of the horse and response to general handling is assessed, evaluated and documented

2 Conduct oral and dental examination

2.1 Safety considerations for the performance of oral inspection of the horse are identified and safety protocols applied

2.2 The horse's head is inspected for symmetry, swellings or other abnormalities

2.3 Rostro-caudal and lateral excursion range of motion of the mandible are assessed (under sedation if required) and the need for referral assessed

2.4 Incisors are inspected and assessed for evidence of pathology which may impact on speculum use and may require referral

2.5 Molars and incisors are inspected for level of occlusion and the need for referral assessed

2.6 The oral cavity is rinsed with water and speculum is fitted in accordance with required industry standards

2.7 Oral structures are examined by palpation and then visually inspected with the aid of a focal light source and mirror

2.8 All teeth are assessed for normal and abnormal features related to position, alignment, wear, and angulations and the need for referral

2.9 Mouth and teeth are inspected for conditions which fit within the parameters of routine dental correction and oral procedures

2.10 Speculum is removed and mouth is rinsed

3 Provide post-inspection assessment and advice

3.1 Results of inspection are documented using established terminology and charts

3.2 Inspection results are assessed and impact of findings are explained to the owner or carer

3.3 Where referral is required, permission is obtained from the owner or carer and referral procedures are initiated

4 Prioritise dental issues

4.1 Dental examination findings are considered in conjunction with the profile and history of the horse

4.2 Dental conditions found during examination are ranked based on health impact and horse comfort

4.3 Dental conditions found during examination are prioritised based on time required to perform treatment

5 Select dental treatment strategy

5.1Owner or carer requested or proposed treatments are discussed in the context of ethical considerations, optimal comfort and dental care for the horse

5.2 Treatment options are ranked based on optimal outcomes for the horse and other relevant considerations

5.3 Treatment strategy is prepared based on examination findings

5.4 Stages and timing of treatment are planned and documented

5.5 Treatment strategy is put in place based on provider's professional and personal scope and the need for referral to veterinarians or other appropriate service providers

6 Discuss dental treatment strategy

6.1 Treatment strategies are evaluated with qualified equine dental service providers, veterinarians or other appropriate service providers as required

6.2 Significance of dental conditions found during examination is explained to the owner or carer and treatment strategies are discussed.

6.3 Post treatment care and need for monitoring horse is explained to the owner or carer

6.4 Consent to treatment plan is confirmed with the owner or carer

Qualifications and Skillsets

ACMEQD404A appears in the following qualifications:

  • ACM40512 - Certificate IV in Equine Dentistry