Vet Group Withdraws Farrier Exemption Shift

Industry’s reaction prompts AVMA to drop proposed change

Pictured Above: The next Model Veterinary Practice Act will contain the farrier exemption from the definition of practicing veterinary medicine, according to an official with the American Veterinary Medical Association.

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.

Farrier Takeaways

  • Farriery will remain exempt from the definition of practicing veterinary medicine in the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Model
    Veterinary Practice Act.
  • The AVMA believes there was a “significant misunderstanding” for
    why the removal of the exemption was proposed.
  • The updated MVPA will not be approved before January 2019.

“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…

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Jeff cota 2023

Jeff Cota

Jeff Cota has been a writer, photographer and editor with newspapers and magazines for 30 years. A native of Maine, he is the Lead Content Editor of American Farriers Journal.

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