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Jarett Pullen has a unique perspective that most veterinarians lack: he is also a trained farrier. The Dryden, N.Y., veterinarian launched his shoeing practice in 2003. As his career progressed, he developed a deeper interest in therapeutic farriery. After a knee injury sidelined him nearly 10 years later, Pullen pursued a veterinary degree. He enrolled at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and has since added veterinary services to his practice
The dual role allows him to see how both professions can best work together, but also understand how these relationships fall apart. Being relatively new to the veterinary profession, Pullen has insight on how those entering the field can ensure better relationships with farriers.
Because of the immense amount of knowledge covered in veterinary school, Pullen understands why many graduates are underprepared for working with farriers. Less than a third of veterinary schools in the United States employ a full-time farrier, so there are likely limited opportunities to engage with a hoof-care expert. And with the incredible amount of information to cover, very little time is dedicated to the equine foot. Many students leave underprepared for working with farriers. Furthermore, he sees a difference in how the professions approach their work.
“I read an…