Kevin began his equine career as a farrier in 1979 and was a member of the American Farrier’s Association for 12 years. Fifteen years of playing polo at the Toronto Polo Club and training all of his own ponies, made him realize that even after having their teeth floated, he continued to experience riding/dental issues with them. Wanting to find a solution to this problem, he chose to attend the World Wide School of Equine Dentistry located in Nebraska in 1988. He continued to shoeing while he traveled to the United States taking additional courses in dentistry and apprenticing with Master Dentists.
In 1993, he received his certification as a Master Equine Dentist with the World Wide Association of Equine Dentistry and also with the International Association of Equine Dental Technicians. In 1994, he became a charter member with the Florida Association of Equine Dentistry and served on the Board of Directors as well as the Examiner Committee for this group.
In 1995, these three associations amalgamated into one, the International Association of Equine Dentistry. This association established a three-level certification process, i.e., Basic/Advanced/Examiner while Kevin was serving on their Executive Board. Kevin held the highest level of certification possible, that of Certified Advanced Examiner.
In 2014, Kevin became a member and Certified Equine Dental Technician with the Equine Dental Providers of America (EDPA) based out of Texas. He was a guest speaker at their annual Continuing Education Conference in October of 2016 where he spoke about Conformational Clues to Dental Pathology. He was to have served on the 2017 Certification Committee with this group.
Kevin had been a featured speaker at the Annual Conventions of the three aforementioned associations as well as lectured and performed demonstrations for many local groups, such as, Can-Am All Breed Equine Expo, the Ontario Equestrian Federation, Ontario Trail Riders Association, the Algoma Equine Exhibition, the Northern Ontario Veterinary Association and various others. He had given demonstrations in many cities in the United States and as far away as Australia. Kevin was not a veterinarian but worked in conjunction with licensed DVM’s only. His practice included all disciplines and breeds from Grand Prix Jumpers, racehorses, reiners, dressage horses to minis.
Kevin was still actively involved with horses in his personal life. After a short stint team roping, he and his wife Lori became involved breeding and racing American Quarter Horses.
In October of 2017, the Equine Dental Providers of America honoured Kevin posthumously by awarding him the “John Causey Award”. This award is given to those individuals that have gone above and beyond to share their knowledge of equine dentistry. Furthermore their accomplishments have benefited the members of the EDPA and the entire industry by selfless acts of dedication, contributing to the education of others, communication of the needs of equine dentistry and exhibiting their code of conduct.