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A controversial proposal to eliminate the farriery exemption from the Model Veterinary Practice Act (MVPA) has been shelved by an American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) working group.
“The current version that’s going to be reviewed by the AVMA Board of Directors in September does contain the farrier exemption, just as previous versions of the Model Veterinary Practice Act have,” Michael San Filippo, the AVMA’s senior media relations specialist, told American Farriers Journal. “The proposed changes in regard to farriery have been dropped.”
The AVMA working group’s decision comes after a swift and unfavorable response to its proposal.
“It became apparent very quickly from numerous comments received (mostly from the farrier community) that there was a significant misunderstanding as to why the exemption was proposed to be removed,” San Filippo says.
“When the working group evaluated comments received on the proposed changes, it was determined to remove the proposed change to the farrier exemption.”
According to an American Farriers Journal survey, 82% of farriers opposed the elimination of the farriery…