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Two well-known names in the horse health field are being inducted into the International Equine Veterinarians Hall Of Fame for their strong emphasis on footcare concerns.
In the category of research or industry veterinarians involved in teaching, research or other aspects of hoof care, the inductee is Hilary Clayton of East Lansing, Mich.
In the practicing equine veterinarian category, the inductee is Matthew Mackay-Smith of White Post, Va.
Some 41 equine veterinarians were nominated this year for this program that is sponsored by American Farriers Journal. Since actual voting is done by 75 members of the International Horseshoeing Hall Of Fame and 10 members of the International Equine Veterinarians Hall Of Fame, farriers have a significant impact on these awards.
Yet both groups know what it takes in the way of knowledge and standards needed to be honored for outstanding accomplishments in equine footcare.
Following graduation from Scotland’s Glasgow University Veterinary College, Dr. Clayton worked for several years in a mixed veterinary practice before completing her doctorate degree.
Since 1978, she has held academic appointments at veterinary colleges in the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States. She has spent considerable time and effort researching areas that pertain to the footcare interests of farriers.
A past president of the Association for Equine Sports Medicine and a former board member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), she’s published over a hundred scientific manuscripts and books while speaking at numerous meetings and conferences, including…