Discussion concerning proposed changes to the Model Veterinary Practice Act (MVPA) continues to grow. Both the American Farrier’s Association (AFA) and American Association of Professional Farriers (AAPF) issued statements Friday regarding their knowledge of and stance on the proposed elimination of the farrier exemption.

The farrier exemption elimination is one of several changes the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is proposing to make to the MVPA. Both the AFA and the AAPF are advocating for farriers whose careers could potentially be affected by this change.

“The AFA is very aware of the proposed changes to the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Model Veterinary Practice Act (MVPA),” says Donnie Perkinson, AFA president, and Travis Burns, chairman of the AFA Education Committee. “We are closely monitoring the potential effects the proposed changes may bring to the profession along with the concerns of our membership and have been in close contact with numerous stakeholders within the industry. At this time, we do not know the full intent of the changes.”

The AAPF took a similar stance on the issue.

“Without hesitation, we remain strongly opposed to the current proposed modifications, specifically relating to the elimination of the ‘art or profession of farriery’ exemption,” the AAPF stated in an email. “In addition, we are unwilling to compromise in our commitment of having farriers recognized for their expertise and professionalism which they offer to the equine industry.”

Both the AFA and the AAPF urge farriers and horse owners alike to comment on the proposed changes. To provide a comment or suggest changes to the MVPA, visit  https://www.avma.org/KB/Policies/Documents/AVMA-Model-Veterinary-Practice-Act-Comment-Form.pdf.