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After 29 years of running and instructing farriery at the Kentucky Horseshoeing School, I decided to take a sabbatical in January 2018. I believe that everything happens as part of a grand plan and as fate would have it, I accepted a job as the head of podiatry within the newly opened Equine Veterinary Medical Center (EVMC) in Doha, Qatar.
The hospital building is adjoined with a veterinary medical laboratory and equine research center and is situated on the grounds of the state-owned Al Shaqab equine facility. Interestingly, this is the same place that our good friend Burney Chapman used to come to work on foundered horses for the Emir of Qatar in the late ’80s and early ’90s, although Burney would not recognize it now.
My official title is chief of orthopedic podiatry and my work scope is two-fold. First, I am responsible for the therapeutic footcare of all cases that come into the hospital. The typical case will involve working with veterinary doctors, lameness diagnostic imaging specialists, and other clinical staff to…