Woman on Trial for Unlicensed Horse Care
PLATTSBURG, Mo. (AP) - The trial of a northwest Missouri woman accused of practicing veterinary medicine without a license could have widespread implications for animal owners who rely on specialized caregivers.
At issue is Brooke Gray's business of smoothing, or "floating" sharp enamel tooth points that can cut the insides of horses' mouths.
The Missouri Veterinary Medical Board claims in a civil lawsuit that the business is a violation of a Missouri law that defines dentistry -- and floating -- as veterinary medicine. But the Holt woman says floating shouldn't be considered a licensed procedure.
Gray trained at The Academy of Equine Dentistry in Idaho and completed a five-month apprenticeship in Colorado. The trial started Monday in Clinton County. KXCV reports that the case is expected to wrap up Tuesday.