Toni Kilvington, Equine Dentist


Toni has ridden and handled horses from a young age.  Since moving to New Zealand in 1994 she has owned a number of horses, and competes young horses locally.  She is also involved in Pony Club, instructing at rallies.

Toni attended the American School of Equine Dentistry, run by Dr Ray Hyde, a veterinarian and equine dentist with a passion for promoting an integrated approach to equine health care.  The course was held in Wyoming on a dude ranch, and a wide variety of horses were worked on from routine procedures at all ages through to advanced cases.

She also has a Bachelor of Arts from Massey University, and has professional business skills as well as her equine skills.

Toni is a member of the International Association of Equine Dentistry, established in 1987.  Members are required to adhere to the following code of conduct:

  1. Strive to perform equine dental procedures to meet the IAED standard of practice, as set out in our IAED Performance Guidelines.
  2. Strive to help horses, their owners, trainers, and riders through the excellent performance of equine dentistry, by improving the horse’s health, comfort, and well-being.
  3. Strive to help horses by educating horse owners and enthusiasts about the importance of equine dentistry.
  4. Help horses, themselves, and our entire profession by continuing their education to improve their knowledge and skill in performing equine dentistry. Members must meet the continuing education requirements set by the IAED Board of Directors.
  5. Promote fellowship among horse owners, equine dental technicians, and veterinarians by conducting a fair and honest practice, avoiding fraud, misrepresentation, or deceit, and by sharing our knowledge and horsemanship with a spirit of cooperation.
  6. Not slander or unjustly injure the professional standing or reputation of their peers, other equine dental professionals, or their clients.
  7. Avoid compromising a veterinarian-client or veterinarian–client-technician confidentiality relationship that they have entered.
  8. Conduct their professional activities in accordance with the laws governing their profession, or accepted practices of the state, province, territory, or country in which they are working.
  9. Avoid taking action that pressures, coerces, or achieves agreement among members to conform to a fee schedule or to fix fees.
  10. Conduct their practice and dental procedures with the utmost humane consideration of the horse.