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2017 EDPA CE, Certification and Conference Highlights!
FREE to all EDPA members! These workshops are designed for new equine dental providers or those that would like to take the EDPA Certification Test. Certified EDPs will be available the dates and
locations below for a one day equine dental tutorial. We will add more Workshops as they are arranged across the country!
These workshops will be limited to a maximum of 4 participants at each location. The instructors will give you hands-on experience of the equine dental profession. You will get to observe and interact with the instructor and equines on determining the condition and needs of individual animals, the course of action to be taken, tool use, proper handling, after care and charting.
Take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to learn from some of the most experienced in the industry! All Workshops are sponsored by the EDPA.
First come, first serve basis on positions at each location. Contact the Instructor to secure your spot.
More Dates and Locations will be added as scheduled.
The Institute for Justice recommended Carl Mitz, Founder of the EDPA, to the office of US Senator Cornyn as a representative of small business and industries affected by government regulations and licenses. Senator Cornyn of Texas had a Roundtable Press Event on Occupational Licensing Reform yesterday in Austin, Texas. Carl Mitz was one of 3 asked to participate.
The meeting with US Senator Cornyn went very well. Mr Mitz shared his story about being ceased and going through 5 yrs of litigation before winning the right to practice as an equine dental provider. He was able to explain how the new regulations and law requiring licensing, certification and continuing education of EDPs to legally practice in Texas created a problem. There were not valid means to receive certification or CE according to the new law's requirements, therefore Mr Mitz and 3 colleagues, founded the EDPA.
The Senator and reporters asked several questions regarding the process and problems with the laws and regulations and Mr Mitz was able to share those issues directly to the US Senator, who is seeking to pass the New Hope Act reforming burdensome regulations.
Mr Mitz encouraged and agrees there is a need for the license requirements, but that the law needs to be adhered to once instituted and regulate those who are and are not participating for competitive business and industry growth. Mr Mitz is excited and looking forward to working with the US Senator in the future.
For more information visit the news coverage of the Event here:
IGFP 2017 Conference in Germany.
Several EDPA Members attended the IGFP Conference in March.
Photos courtesy of Rebecca Green and Carl Mitz
I would like to share my experiences that I had with my European colleagues last month at the IGFP Conference (Internationale Gesellschaft zur Funktionsverbesserung der Pferdezähne). Germany is a very clean and historical place with the German people being very friendly. The IGFP meeting had 350 attend in a very full room of professionals. Tons of good information was shared and the discussions were extremely beneficial to those in attendance. I had several meetings while there with IGFP members and committees and I am very happy to report that the EDPA is well respected in Europe. There was some conversation regarding our newsletter and the possibility of a shared newsletter in the future. If any of you have the opportunity to attend the IGFP Conference, I highly recommend it!
Promax Equine Dental Equipment has benefited from being part of the EDPA vendor area for the last three years. The education that we have received as we sat in on sessions, has provided a deeper understanding of equine dentistry and how to serve our clients in the best way we can by understanding their needs. This knowledge that we have gained has also helped us tremendously in our vendor area at the AAEP Conference as well.
Becca Green has been our dental representative for the last two years at the EDPA and AAEP Conferences. She has exhibited excellent dental knowledge and techniques that she has been able to pass onto our clients and people also just visiting our booth interested in our dental products. Becca has enjoyed testing our various dental products and we have all been able to demonstrate those products at the EDPA and AAEP conferences. We all love working together and have become quite the team, along with having fun doing it !!!
We look forward to our continuing education with the EDPA as a supplier and manufacturer of equine dental equipment. We have also enjoyed the feedback from our clients.
Thank you EDPA, and thank you to all our clients. Looking forward to a great 2017 !!!
Ken and Linda Franks
Promax Equine Dental Equipment
Port Perry Chapel
Left this world far too early at the age of 63 on Nov 24, 2016. His friends and family take comfort in knowing he packed a lot of life into those years. Kevin was a Maverick, taking pride in living the life of his choosing, filled with his passions. Kevin lived his dream of playing polo. He owned and trained racehorses, was a skillful Farrier, which led him to become a world-renowned Master Equine Dentist. The equestrian world lost a great man, pioneer and mentor. His “world” lost a pillar of our foundation. His wife and partner Lori, step daughter Alexis Bradbury, in-laws, Lois & Barry Bushell and Linda & Don Whitley. His siblings; Greg (Karen), Marcy (Hugh), Deborah, Scott (Rhonda), Lisa (Michelle) and his sister-in-love, Kelli. His chosen family who also surrounded him with love, Michele, Neil, Bev, Larry, Liz and his personal physician, Dr Richard Fischer. Kevin leaves behind a stable of nieces and nephews, who adored him, have learned from him and will carry on his spirit. Besides the constant of his fierce love of family, Kevin took solace in his guitars from an early age. He wrote and re-wrote the lyrics to his life song over the years; his voice will always be heard in the wind, across the fields and in our hearts forever.
Friends and family may call at the Low and Low Funeral Home, 1763 Reach Street, Port Perry Ontario Canada L9L 1A6 (905-985-7331) on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 1 p.m. with visitation one hour prior. A reception will follow, where the family invite you to reminisce and share your memories of Kevin. In memory of Kevin, please consider a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society or a charity important to you.
It is OFFICIAL!
The EDPA is a TSBVME approved Equine Dental Provider Certifying Entity.
EDPA Pre- Certification Approval Required- Click EDPA Forms for Certification Pre-Approval and Certification Testing Guidelines as well as the Pre Certification Application and Certification Deadlines. All pricing, testing requirements and details are included in these documents. For more information contact ExecSec@edpaonline.org
The EDPA Certification is a process to access the skills and judgement of the “Equine Dental Provider” in order to insure competency to identify and address equine dental needs and; To Do No Harm.
The 2015 EDPA Continuing Education has been approved by the AAVSB- RACE and the TBVME. The CE, Wet Lab, Certification Testing and Annual Meeting will be November 5-8, 2015 in Katy, Texas. Click here for more information!
FACTS- Legislation, Lobbying, Carl Mitz, ......
It is has come to our attention that the IAED is asking for support and donations to lobby on behalf of the IAED and equine dental providers to change legislation. According to a recent post on Facebook by Josh Wallace, President of the IAED, an explanation of the process and past changes made through legislation for equine dental providers was provided. However, his interpretation of that process and changes are incorrect.
The TBVME and the State of Texas filed a lawsuit against Carl Mitz for practicing veterinary medicine without a license. At that time, he was on the board of the IAED. Carl Mitz was represented by the Institute for Justice in Mitz vs The State of Texas. The IAED was NOT named in the lawsuit, the Institute for Justice did NOT represent the IAED.
Carl Mitz defended his right to earn a living by getting representation, expert witnesses and organize a tough defense with horse owners, professional trainers, veterinarians, business owners and politicians ( who owned horses that were his clients). It cost thousands of dollars to gather the information and support. Carl Mitz raised on his own over $15,000 to defend the right for an equine dental provider to earn a living and become a recognized "licensed" profession in the State of Texas. Carl Mitz is the one who fought for and accepted the legislation that would determine his professional career all the way to the Supreme Court.
When Carl and the Institute for Justice won his case against the TBVME and the State of Texas, it helped change legislation and added the profession of an equine dental provider to the law books. IAED was the benefactor at that time, as Carl Mitz was able to get the IAED written into the law. Since then, the law has been changed and allows not just the IAED, but any other approved organization by the TBVME as a certifying entity.
When the IAED decided to change certification and their ways of conducting business, Carl Mitz resigned from his position and involvement with the organization in its entirety.
In 2012, Carl Mitz and 3 other certified EDPs and previous IAED members, founded the Equine Dental Providers of America (EDPA) which is a TBVME Certifying Entity. The EDPA also offers Continuing Education programs approved by the TBVME and RACE. The EDPA is a 501 (c) 3 that DOES NOT lobby for or against any legislation. The EDPA is a member run organization to certify and offer CE to the industry, encourage horse owners, providers and veterinarians a common ground and reliable, experienced information about equine dentistry for the betterment of the horse.
The EDPA does apply for State approvals as certifying entity in order to help more equine dental providers become legal to practice and earn a living in their specialty. It is up to the citizens of the States to push for legislation, seek assistance and lobby their politicians to change the laws in their own States. The EDPA will provide facts and information regarding the EDPA, its members and its Certification requirements to help these providers wanting to make changes, but that is it. We do not provide funding or push our membership for donations to fund lobbying. The battle has been won in Texas. The model has been made. The other States have guidelines or an outline to implement that is working and has been fought through the Supreme Court.
So, if you are in support of the legislation changes that Carl Mitz accomplished and you want to be a part of a legal entity that conducts business in congruence with the laws, we invite you to join the EDPA and put your financial investment in an organization that is committed to the best interest of the horse and horse owner as well as the equine dental profession.
Carl Mitz, President
The Remuda September 2012 - Article on Equine Dental Providers Complying with the New Law:
At this time it is illegal in every state for a non-vet edp to provide sedation to a client horse. The sedation is between the horse owner and the veterinarian responsible for the health care of that horse.