European Vet and Farrier Federations team up
The Federations of European Equine Veterinary Associations (FEEVA) and the European Federation of Farriers Associations (EFFA) are to join forces to promote best practice in farriery in the interest of equine welfare.
Both organisations have agreed that only properly trained farriers, working closely with veterinary surgeons as and when needed, best serve equine needs.
The main aims of the new partnership include:
- Improving the welfare of the horse by encouraging the highest standards of hoof trimming and shoeing by means of a certified farrier.
- Encouraging close working between farriers and veterinary surgeons on the therapeutic treatment of horses' hooves.
- Encouraging the education of the horse owning public to make use of certified farriers who guarantee the art and science of farriery.
Professor Josh Slater, President of FEEVA, said: "We look forward to working together at European level and encouraging member associations to do the same at national level, with the primary intention of enhancing equine health through first class farriery."