The Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine announced its advanced farrier certificate program. The first session will begin July 5, 2016, with the second beginning Jan. 2, 2017. Both 12-month sessions are limited to two students.
The goal of this program is "provide participants with the training and skills necessary to operate a successful farrier practice." Training will be conducted by members of the equine podiatry service, which includes Scott Pleasant, DVM, MS, Dip ACVS; Travis Burns, CJF (TE, EE), FWCF, and Ellen Staples, CJF. Instruction will be comprised of classroom work in anatomy, physiology and principles of horseshoeing. The laboratory component will include forging and welding. Hands-on instruction will allow the students experience in typical and therapeutic trimming and shoeings.
The program's setting of a veterinary hospital will afford the students with unique experiences of working with veterinarians on a variety of cases, including performance horses and therapeutic needs.
Upon completion of this program, students will be expected to be able to pass the certified farrier examination of the American Farrier's Association.
To be considered for this program, interested parties must complete an online application. Minimum requirements include:
- At least 18 years old
- High school diploma
- Ability to lift 110 lbs.
- Completion of a 6-week farrier course (minimum) or equivalent experience in a private farrier practice.
- A full set of farrier tools
Other requirements include rabies vaccination, agreement to a code of conduct, and appropriate coverage of health and accident insurance.
The cost of tuition is $20,000. Financial aid information will be available soon.
To complete the application or learn more, visit the program's web page.