Lantra turns spotlight on equine dental health

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Lantra turns spotlight on equine dental health
Lantra turns spotlight on equine dental health

Lantra, the Sector Skills Council for animal health and welfare industries, is encouraging equine dental technicians (EDTs) to participate in an online consultation from 10 December to 13 January.
The consultation with the new National Occupational Standards (NOS) aims  to help recognise standards and promote good practice as well as equine health and welfare.
Working meetings were held in September, October and November with representatives from Defra, RCVS, BAEDT, WWAED, BEVA and BVDA to discuss and agree the development of NOS for equine dental technicians.
The final part of the review is an online consultation on the detailed knowledge, understanding and ability somebody needs to carry out their job effectively.
Lantra is inviting people from all areas of the veterinary and equine sector to participate.Keith Chandler, the new president of The British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA), says: "BEVA welcomes this opportunity for dental procedures carried out by Equine Dental Technicians in the UK to be formalised as NOS. These procedures have already been agreed between BEVA, the British Association of Equine Dental Technicians and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.
"It is important that the Veterinary Surgeons Act and any Exemption Orders within it, past or future, are respected. Provided an exemption order is subsequently passed, confirmation of these procedures as NOS will allow EDTs to develop their status and training and ensure the boundaries agreed with the veterinary profession are respected. We look forward to working with Lantra and the EDTs during the consultation period and beyond."
Lisa Jarvis RVN, Lantra’s partnership manager, is encouraging equine dental technicians across the UK to take part: "It is very important that we get as much feedback as possible to ensure that the NOS are fit for purpose and an accurate reflection of the working role of an equine dental technician."


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