How to Become an Equine Podiatrist

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Last Updated on September 16, 2022

If you are interested in equine podiatry, you can become an equine podiatrist. Training takes two years and leads to a Diploma in Equine Podiatry. The course qualifies you to become a member of the EPA (UK) once you graduate. You will need 40 hours of continuing professional development (CPD) each year in order to remain registered.

What is An Equine Podiatry

Equine podiatry is the study and management of the equine foot based on its anatomy and function. The job title “Equine Podiatrist” is used by people with a wide range of backgrounds. Some are veterinarians who have chosen to specialize in the equine hoof, while some are remedial farriers

EPA requires 40 hours of CPD per year

The EPA requires that full members undertake a minimum of 40 hours of continuous professional development (CPD) per year. Of this amount, 16 hours must be spent on trim/dissection days or shadowing an equine professional. The remaining hours can be carried over to the following year. Alternatively, a member may choose to join the association part way through the year and lump the remaining hours into the next.

Dr. Redden is an equine podiatrist

Ric Redden is an equine veterinarian and farrier who has built a reputation as a “go-to” person for elite horses. He founded the International Equine Podiatry Center in Versailles, KY, in the 1980s. In addition to thoroughbreds, he treats draft horses, quarter horses, and show animals. He specializes in laminitis, a painful condition involving the laminae, which attaches the coffin bone of the foot to the wall of the hoof.

Jim Blurton is an equine podiatrist

Jim Blurton is an internationally-renowned equine podiatrist and a former world-class farrier. His business, Jim Blurton Specialist Horseshoes, quickly became the world’s leading provider of quality remedial shoeing. His Bar Shoes further cemented his reputation as a leading expert in the field of remedial shoeing. As a result, he has continued to develop innovative footwear to help horses recover from injuries and diseases.

Randwick Equine Podiatry (REP) is an equine podiatrist

If you have concerns about your horse’s foot health, you should visit an equine podiatrister. During a consultation, an EP will evaluate your horse’s hoof and leg conformation, perform foot radiographs using barium markers, and discuss lameness issues. Equine podiatrists help equines maintain optimal foot balance and prevent injuries. They can also treat common conditions like laminitis and abscess.

Applied Equine Podiatry

Applied Equine Podiatry (AEP) is a field of study focused on horse and donkey foot care. This profession utilizes a holistic approach to solve foot and hoof problems. The program is offered as a distance learning program online. The Institute is accredited by the American Association of Veterinarians. DAEP consists of 30 hours of continuing education. Instructors travel the world to educate horse and donkey owners on proper hoof care.

Randwick Equine Podiatry (REP)

A team of veterinarians and farriers make up the team at Randwick Equine Podiatry or REC. The team also works closely with master farrier Garth Derrig, a member of the Hawkesbury farrier community since 1998. Derrig has extensive experience in trimming and shoeing techniques, as well as a special interest in therapeutic farriery. The clinic will host many lectures by distinguished equine professionals, including Dr. Maarten Osterlinck and Haydn Price.

Randwick Equine Medical & Surgical Centre

Randwick Equine Medical & Surgical is a full service equine hospital servicing the greater Sydney area. Services include on-yard and in-house veterinary care. Brett Riley, DVM, graduated from Massey University with a degree in equine medicine and completed his internship at the Randwick Equine Centre. After graduating, he worked in a mixed large animal practice in the Waikato region of New Zealand. He then completed a residency in Equine Internal Medicine at the University of Illinois and a fellowship in Emergency and Critical Care at the University of Pennsylvania. He then joined the faculty of the University of Georgia as an Assistant Professor of Veterinary Medicine.

What are foot diseases of horse?

Among the many disorders that can affect the foot of a horse are laminitis, navicular disease, puncture wounds, infections, keratoma, pedal osteitis, pyramidal disease, quittor, sandcrack, scratches, seedy toe, sheered heels, sidebone, thrush, bone cysts, bruises, corns, cankers, and fractures.

Why do horses need to be on their feet?

Horses wear shoes primarily to strengthen and protect the hooves and feet, and to prevent the hooves from wearing down too quickly. Much like our finger and toenails, a horse’s hooves will grow continually if not trimmed.

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