A change to the guiding principles of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) could profoundly affect farriers, the farrier industry, equine veterinarians, horse owners and the horse, the American Farriers Journal believes.
The draft of the Model Veterinary Practice Act (MVPA) the AVMA uses has eliminated the farrier exemption; this model is intended to protect the health, safety and welfare of both animals and the public. The AMVA states that it is in no way recommending that farriers be required to work with veterinarians to practice their craft; rather it is acknowledging that farriery is outside the scope of veterinary medicine and need not be included in the MVPA.
Jeff Cota, editor of the American Farriers Journal, states that farriery is both an art and a science that is deserving of respect, and should be included in the MVPA. The American Farriers Journal is requesting that the AVMA include the statement by Dr. Warren Hess, the AVMA's assistant director of the Division of Animal and Public Health: “The work of farriers is well-established and, therefore, it isn't necessary to explicitly exempt them from the MVPA.”
Read more at the American Farriers Journal.
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