Here is a collection of articles about NVDLPs:

Texas attempts to shut veterinary practice

FORT WORTH — A woman charged with illegally practicing veterinary medicine has been ordered by a Tarrant County judge to shut down her practice and to particularly stop performing dentistry on horses.

State District Judge Dana Womack issued a temporary restraining order last week against Dena Leann Corbin, who owns North Texas Equine Dentistry in Fort Worth, after the Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners filed a complaint.

The complaint accuses Corbin, who is not licensed in Texas as a veterinarian or as an equine dentist, of continuing to practice veterinary medicine without a license after she injected a horse with drugs while working on its teeth. Read full article


Connecticut Non-Veterinarian Tooth Floater Faces Charges
By Pat Raja, The Horse November 22, 2013

A Connecticut woman is facing charges for allegedly practicing veterinary medicine without a license.

Deputy Chief John Klett of the Berlin, Conn., Police Department, said that his department was contacted in August by the owner of a horse which sustained head injuries after experiencing a seizure allegedly resulting from a sedative administered by non-veterinarian equine dentist Shelley Lavigne. Lavigne was hired by the horse’s owner to float the animal’s teeth, Klett said.

Klett said Connecticut law allows lay (non-veterinarian) dentists to perform routine dental work on equines including tooth floating, but does not allow non-veterinarian dentists to use power tools or to administer sedatives.

Lavigne was later charged with five counts of practicing veterinary medicine without a license and one count of animal cruelty, Klett said. Read full article


Equine Dentistry: Educate owners of the risks of unlicensed dental care providers
By Stephen Galloway, DVM and Lynn Caldwell, DVM    AAEP May 2013

For the past decade in North America, the practice of equine dentistry, as well as other veterinary services such as reproductive services, chiropractics, physical therapy/rehabilitation, acupuncture, prescription drug sales and complementary medicine, has been the subject of increasing heated political debates and legal actions. Unlicensed dental care providers are demanding the right to autonomously provide veterinary services without professional education and accountability. Read full article

 Missouri Court Denies Lay Equine Dentist’s Appeal
Feb 25, 2013 The Article #31414

A Missouri non-veterinarian equine dentist has lost her bid to overturn a lower court’s decision prohibiting her from performing tooth floating services for pay.

“Floating” is the filing or cutting of long points on a horse’s teeth. Missouri state law forbids non-veterinarians from performing the procedure and forbids non-veterinarians from accepting payment for providing basic animal husbandry services. In 2010, the Missouri Veterinary Medical Board filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Clinton County, Mo., veterinarian asking the court to prevent non-veterinarian tooth floater Brooke Gray from floating horse’s teeth on a fee-for-service basis on grounds that Gray was not a licensed veterinarian.  Read full article

 ‘No charges over Bandera horse with ‘suck it’ carved into teeth’
July 11, 2012 KENS 5 San Antonio

BANDERA — A horse named Cowboy has the words ‘suck it’ engraved deep into his front teeth. Whether or not the horse is in any pain has fueled a tug-of-war match between the horse’s owner, a concerned veterinarian and local law enforcement.

After examining the horse back in April, Dr. Samantha Mixon said Cowboy is a clear case of animal torture.“His sensitive structures in his teeth were carved into using a power tool to spell the words ‘suck it,'” she said.

The engraving allegedly occurred while Cowboy was at the Running R Ranch in Bandera. Mixon wants whoever was responsible to be held accountable. She also wants the horse to be placed in protective custody where he will never be sold to slaughter. Read full article

‘What happened to Cowboy was evil’
July 5, 2012 Bandera County Courier

Those who love and respect horses will find the image of the horse pictured to the right shocking and emblazoned in their minds forever.

To think that someone entrusted with caring for the health of a horse could perpetrate such a heinous mutilation is simply beyond comprehension. Nevertheless, this atrocity occurred at a dude ranch in Bandera County, and, according to local law enforcement, no one can – or will – be held accountable for the abuse.

The following article was compiled from interviews with Samantha Mixon, DVM, who has a practice with a primary focus on equine dentistry, “Strait from the Horse’s Mouth,” in Kendall County; Roger Guerra, current manager of the Running R Guest Ranch, Inc., located on FM 1077; and Sgt. Shane Merritt of the Bandera County Sheriff’s Office. Read full article

Equine care traditions tip on point of licensing: Grinding to a halt
October 11, 2010 Magic Valley Times-News

One of the better-known cases in Idaho involved James Gary Boldt, who was charged with practicing without a license in 1996 and 2002 in Blackfoot. He surfaced in a Nampa clinic and was charged in 2006 after a horse and three dogs died in his care. He was never convicted because he presumably fled the state.

“We’re seeing it more with the economy the way it is,” said Vicki Smith, executive director of the Idaho Veterinary Medical Association. “People think they’re saving money.” Read full article