Practiced Equine Dental Technicians & Dental Care

The mission of Midwest Equine Dental Academy and Oral Care Center (MEDA) in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, is to develop and train equine dental technicians that can provide professional-quality equine dental care. Another vital goal is to improve the overall care of horses in general. 2016 classes start April11,June 13, and September19. Go to the Application page for more details/ 

MEDA is a training facility for horsemen and horsewomen to learn equine dentistry at a level similar to that of a human dental assistant or hygienist. MEDA does not train or produce anything similar a human dentist or veterinarian. The graduates of our four week class are potential valuable employees for veterinarians who want to expand or create equine dentistry in their practices. Like any veterinary technicians, our graduates can be helpful at all levels from simple restraining to surgical assistance. Everything hinges on the choices of the veterinarian in charge. Expanding equine dentistry can improve overall equine health while adding cash to a veterinary practice.

MEDA is owned and operated as an apprentice oriented teaching facility by veterinarians. Our aim is to improve the overall health and care of horses especially in the oral cavity.

Our Staff

Dr. Ron Hildebrand is a 1990 graduate of the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. His experience as a veterinarian is exclusively equine, with at least one third of his work in the area of equine dentistry. He is a member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners. He is member and former president of the Michigan Equine Practitioners Association. 

Before veterinary school, Dr. Hildebrand was a breeder of racing and hunter-jumper thoroughbreds, and he competed in three-day events. He is the founder of the Midwest Equine Dental Academy and Oral Care Center, and has been an advocate of improved equine dentistry throughout the industry.

Dr. Hildebrand is the founder of The Midwest Equine Dental Academy and Oral Care Center. He also manages the All Equine Clinic, PLLC.

Dr. Ron Hildebrand - Equine Dental Technicians

Mrs. Lori Fredrickson, a university of Michigan graduate and a 25-year veteran of human dentistry, Lori comes to M.E.D.A. not only with a past filled with horsemanship but also a unique take on equine dentistry. She has spent a large portion of her dental experience in public health service providing clinical and community care, as well as consultative services and internships for dental and dental hygiene students. 

Lori offers M.E.D.A. students and staff consultation and clinical help (and is a pretty decent "barn girl" and all-around gofer). When she is not in the barn assisting Dr. Hildebrand, she is somewhere in the USA acting as a dental examiner for a national health research project.


Mrs. Lori Fredrickson - Equine Dental Technicians


Dr. Alyssa Tarrants is a native of Midland County. She has been a horse enthusiast since early childhood. She grew up riding and showing her horses in many disciplines including hunt seat, western pleasure, eventing, and dressage. In 2008 she graduated with honors from Franciscan University, majoring in Biology. She received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Purdue University in 2013. 

In her free time she enjoys riding and showing horses and spending time with her family.



Equine Dentistry

More and more horse people are learning the importance of equine dentistry. By acquiring this specialized knowledge, along with working toward proper certification as an equine dental technician, you will be able to assist veterinarians or work independently for horse owners in your area. (Since most states require some type of supervision by a veterinarian, it is important to check with veterinarians in your area before enrolling). 

You will become an equine dental technician (EQDT) upon completion of this course. You will obtain a Diploma and Certificate of Attendance.

Students - Equine Dental Technicians

After completing our one-month program, you will be able to join a veterinary staff, seek out your own individual clients, or a combination. You will be experienced with hand tool work, with tooth extraction, and recognition of oral pathology. You will learn when and how to interact with veterinarians, and you will learn not to sedate horses (and why not!). 

A short reason why you should not sedate horses is that sedation of horses IS the practice of veterinary medicine. Often the EQDT is tempted to inject sedatives or use one of the new "under the tongue" products, to make it easier to get the job done. However, once he or she starts this practice, uninformed horse owners will continue to ask for this illegal service. Soon the EQDT becomes an outlaw with no respect from the best clients, other horse professionals, and veterinarians in the area. This will lead to cheap work with little financial reward, let alone the potential for criminal arrest.

Contact us in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, to begin on the path of equine dental care with our academy.