UC Davis farrierAfter independently shoeing for 24 years, Shane Westman has taken on a new challenge that appeals to his affinity of continuing education.

The University of California, Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital has tapped Westman its staff farrier. He is responsible for the hoof-care services at the hospital, as well as other UC Davis equine programs, such as research. Veterinarian students will rotate through the farrier shop as part of the integrated Sports Medicine/Farrier Program, where students will learn hoof care and experience expanded therapeutic options in a working environment. Westman joined the hospital in mid August.

“This is a huge departure from a private practice in a rural setting,” says the Bow, Wash., farrier. “The convenience of a one-shop setting is wonderful. The position of having almost every horse worked up by a veterinary team, as well as any relevant diagnostics ported to my shop computer before the horse arrives allows me the opportunity to help horses.

“The more information we have, the better we serve the horse. The diagnostic tools at UC Davis are amazing with radiography, CT, MRI and the new PET system coming online.”

The perks don’t end there for Westman.

“I’m most excited for the nearly endless continuing education opportunities and learning environment the university position affords, and sharing the knowledge I have gained along the way with other farriers and veterinarians,” he says. “I also look forward to helping enhance the vet/farrier relationships by creating a positive professional working relationship with mutual respect for our complimentary skill sets.”