The initiative, according to a press release issued today, is the result of recognition by both organizations that "equine welfare is best served with the use of only properly trained farriers, working closely with veterinary surgeons as and when needed."
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Royal Veterinary College (UK)
- Improving the welfare of the horse by encouraging the highest standards of hoof trimming and shoeing by means of a certified farrier;
- Encouraging close working between farriers and veterinary surgeons on the therapeutic treatment of horses’ hooves; and
- Encouraging the education of the horse-owning public to make use of certified farriers who guarantee the art and science of farriery.
FEEVA and EFFA have 17 and 15 member nations, respectively. EFFA was formed in Paris in 1997 while FEEVA was created in Strasbourg in 1998.
EFFA sanctions the Europe-wide qualification of "Certified Euro-Farrier" as announced by Hoofcare and Lameness in 2008. Some individual nations have designations of qualifications as well.
Certified Euro Farrier statistics for Europe at the end of 2011 were: Austria 58; Czech Republic 8; Denmark 115; Finland 78; Germany 108; Netherlands 261; Spain (Catalonia) 8; Sweden 17; Switzerland 87; and United Kingdom 29, for a total of 769 qualified Euro Farriers across the continent.
In late 2011, EFFA also approved the Irish Farrier Education and Qualification Program for Euro Farrier designation.
In most EFFA member countries, farriery is regulated; only France and the Czech Republic have advanced farriery to a protected professional level. Only one member nation, Hungary, has no regulation of the practice of farriery.
Photo of Professor Slater is from the Hoofcare + Lameness Journal archives.
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