VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA — The Supreme Court of British Columbia issued a broad injunction that prohibits non-veterinarians from performing any dental
procedures or using a title, such as equine dentist, that might lead people to believe they are registered under the territory's
The British Columbia Veterinary Medical Association (BCVMA) sought the injunction against Bill Bishop, a farrier who founded
The Horse's Mouth Equine Dentistry, which he had operated for a number of years, according to BCVMA. The high court decided
that non-veterinarians who provide animal dentistry are performing the unauthorized practice of veterinary medicine.
"The court has sent a clear message regarding the public protection role of the Veterinarians Act and the BCVMA," says
BCVMA President Dr. J. Andrew Forsyth. "We will continue to regulate the practice of veterinary medicine in B.C. to ensure
that the public and its animals are served by a qualified, competent and caring profession."