Farriers Question AVMA’s Proposed Elimination Of Exemption

Definition of veterinary medicine is open to interpretation, farriers say

8. Any person lawfully engaged in the art or profession of farriery.

A simple strikethrough of Section 6(8) in the American Veterinary Medical Association’s (AVMA) proposed Model Veterinary Practice Act (MVPA) has raised a multitude of questions in the farrier industry. The most common of which is, “Why propose the elimination of the farrier exemption?”

According to the AVMA, the exemption isn’t necessary because the work of farriers is well established.

Farrier Takeaways

  • The American Veterinary Medical Association has proposed the removal of the farrier exemption from the Model Veterinary Practice Act because “farriery exists so far outside veterinary medicine.”
  • No explanation for the exemption’s removal has been cited in the commentary section as it has in proposing and enacting several other changes.
  • American Farrier’s Association President Donnie Perkinson calls for all hoof-care organizations to unite “under one umbrella.”
  • An American Farriers Journal survey finds that 82% of hoof-care practitioners oppose the elimination of the exemption.


To comment or suggest changes to the American Veterinary Medical Asso­ciation’s Model Veterinary Practice Act, visit avma.org/KB/Policies/Documents/AVMA-Model-Veterinary-Practice-Act-Comment-Form.pdf.

“The proposed removal of ‘farriery’ from the exemption section of the MVPA is in no way an attempt to ban farriers from working independently or require a veterinarian to be involved in shoeing a horse,” Michael San Filippo, the AVMA’s senior media relations specialist, wrote in an email to American Farriers Journal and others. “Rather, it is an acknowledgment that farriery exists well outside of the definition of veterinary medicine and does not need…

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Jeff cota 2023

Jeff Cota

Jeff Cota has been a writer, photographer and editor with newspapers and magazines for 30 years. A native of Maine, he is the editor of American Farriers Journal.

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