Owner of Fort Worth equine dentistry business agrees to stop practicing

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A Fort Worth woman has agreed to stop practicing equine dentistry and not to administer drugs to animals.

Dena Leann Corbin and the Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners reached the agreement late last week. It was approved by state District Judge Dana Womack.

The agreement will be in effect until a hearing in March on the board’s request for a permanent injunction against her.

“Both of the parties actively participated in negotiating and drafting this agreed temporary injunction,” court documents stated.

This month, Womack issued a temporary restraining order against Corbin, who does not have a license to practice equine dentistry or to practice veterinary medicine in Texas. Corbin owns North Texas Equine Dentistry in Fort Worth.

She declined to comment on the agreement.

The veterinary board filed a complaint against Corbin after a July 18 incident in which she worked on a horse’s teeth and anesthetized the animal with a mixture of drugs. Corbin diagnosed the horse with swollen gums, incisor problems, sharp points and worn teeth, according to the complaint.

She also “debrided” the horse’s gums to remove swollen tissue and “floated” or filed down the teeth to lessen pain and make it easier for the animal to chew. The complaint described how Corbin used a speculum, a hand tool and an electric tool for the dental work.

Corbin previously told the Star-Telegram that she had not practiced dentistry since 2012 and that she was “set up” by the board of examiners because she sued the board over its licensing practices. She also denied using a mixture of drugs to anesthetize the horse, saying the animal was “very relaxed” when she arrived. “In my professional opinion, the owner sedated the horse before I got there,” Corbin said.

In 2010, Corbin was charged with illegally practicing medicine in Wise County because she administered drugs to a horse. In a pretrial agreement, Corbin admitted violating the law and was ordered to pay $328 restitution and perform community service. She was also placed on one year of probation and ordered not to administer drugs to any animals that she did not own.

Corbin also signed an affidavit in 2011 stating that she signed a “cease and desist” order that she would not practice veterinary medicine.

Elizabeth Campbell, 817-390-7696 Twitter: @fwstliz

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