The American and International Associations of Professional Farriers (AAPF/IAPF) have recently learned that the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has determined to make no changes in their 2018 Model Veterinary Practice Act (MVPA). This is excellent news for both the farrier and veterinarian communities.

Once the AAPF/IAPF Board of Directors and staff learned of the proposed elimination of Section 6; Subsection 8, "any person lawfully engaged in the art or profession of farriery," they immediately made inquiries to the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) and the American Horse Council (AHC). 

"Through the leadership in these two groups, along with the AAPF/IAPF, we were able to coordinate support of the plan to make no amendments to the section of the MVPA relating to farriery," stated Adam Wynbrandt, APF-I, president of the AAPF/IAPF.

In correspondence directly with the AVMA, the AAPF/IAPF expressed that while they are not in favor of this proposed exemption elimination, they recognize that there are considerations which need to be acknowledged by all parties. These consideration include:

  • That farriers and veterinarians have enjoyed a long-term relationship which relies on a tremendous respect for each other's profession; and
  • That farriers and veterinarians work together with horse owners in order to advance horse health. This collaboration has proven to provide better outcomes for all.

The AAPF/IAPF's position and responses focused primarily on knowing that both professions need to maintain open dialogues, a willingness to share professional expertise and knowledge, and challenging each other for the overall health of the horse.

The AAPF/IAPF would also like to recognize the leadership of member and director Frank Reilly, DVM, APF. Dr. Reilly was able to represent both the farriers and veterinarians in this very important discussion.