This scholarship is intended for non-veterinarians who have gone through EDPA approved schooling and/or apprentiships and are looking to get their Certification. The EDPA Certification Process is a 3-step process that once completed allows applicants to apply for state licensure. Please see our Certification page for further details. Licensed Equine Dental Providers must attend continuing education courses annually in order to maintain their licensure. The Miller Educational Scholarship Fund is dependent fully on donations to cover the expenses of Certification Testing. The more affordable this process can be made; the more licensed equine dental providers can enter the equine industry and better serve the horses and owners.
The Miller Educational Scholarship Fund is named in recognition of Dr. Richard Miller. Dr. Miller graduated with highest honors from the Washington State School of Veterinary Medicine in 1961. For the next fifteen years, he practiced in Lexington Kentucky, in a primarily reproductive and pediatric practice with a good mix of sport horse issues, as he was also involved in polo and fox hunting. He operated Summerhill Farm in Lexington, as a combination breeding, foaling and training program, before moving to Southern California to join the Equine Medical Center in Cypress Ca. The next eleven years were occupied by an exclusive racetrack practice at Los Alamitos and Bay Meadow. In 1987, Dr. Miller decided to retire from the track and dedicate his practice to equine dentistry.
Until his passing in 2021, he served an area from San Diego to Sacramento, with a 28 ft. mobile clinic that was a full-service unit, staffed by him and two technicians. Dr. Miller significantly participated in the equine dental associations for the majority of his career. He also had an advanced certificate in equine dentistry by the International Association of Equine Dentistry and Certified by the Equine Dental Providers of America. He served on the EDPA Certification Committee and in 2017, the EDPA published the “Miller’s Digest of Equine Dental Cases,” a book of case studies Dr. Miller supplied over the course of 4 years for the EDPA website.
Dr. Miller dedicated most of his professional life sharing his knowledge and expertise with others. He took several apprentices each year and they were able to have hands on experience and side by side instruction of equine dentistry. Many of his students and graduates of his program are now practicing equine dentistry all over the World! Dr. Miller played an integral part in the EDPA Continuing Education and Certification since its inception. Dr. Miller traveled the world to veterinary and equine dental conferences continuing to learn and teach others.
Starting in 2019, there will be EIGHT Annual Scholarships for EDPA Certification Applicants that are members of the EDPA and have passed the Pre-Certification process. These scholarships are not available to veterinarians and will be awarded on a first come first basis.
Miller Scholarship recipients are only eligible to take the Certification test one time. If recipient fails Certification, they must pay to retest.
Please fill out our Membership Application found on the EDPA Forms page.
Equine Dental Providers of America
2305 S Day Street
Brenham, TX 77833
October 20-22, 2023