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Unique Training Opportunity for Northumberland Farriers and Vets

The Alnorthumbria Veterinary Group is using its equine expertise to bring training for farriers and veterinary surgeons to the region. Amongst those speaking are two of the UK’s leading farriers and a Royal Veterinary College recognised specialist in equine surgery.

This will present a rare opportunity for local farriers and vets to learn from three of the foremost professionals in the business.

Alnorthumbria Veterinary Group Director Lesley Barwise-Munro

Alnorthumbria Veterinary Group Director Lesley Barwise-Munro

The Farrier’s Continuing Professional Development (CPD) clinic, “Dynamic Shoeing of the Performance Horse” will be held on Thursday 21st March at the Gubeon Equestrian Centre, Morpeth, by kind permission of James Taylor. Speakers include Patrick Pollock, BVMS, Cert ES (Soft Tissue), Dip ECVS, MRCVS, Senior Clinical Fellow in Equine Surgery at The Weipers Centre Equine Hospital at Glasgow University. He will talk about “Accurate Radiographic Interpretation for Shoeing Performance Horses” which will focus on the use of latest techniques that use specific measurements to optimise fitting.

Patrick will be joined by his colleague, internationally renowned farrier Jim Ferrie Fellow of the Worshipful Company of Farriers (FWCF) from Ayrshire who specialises in corrective, remedial shoeing and lameness and consults weekly at Weipers Centre Equine Hospital.

Finally, Haydn Price Dip WCF, the Team GB 2012 Olympic Farrier will be passing on his knowledge from working with the Dressage and Show Jumping squads during their preparations for last summer’s games. An expert in his field, Haydn graduated from the Worshipful Company of Farriers in 1983. Now in his 13th year with the team, his farriery business specialises in performance horses, remedial shoeing and equine locomotion. He is also consultant farrier to the British Equestrian Federation.

In the afternoon, participants will attend a practical session at the Alnorthumbria Veterinary Group’s own Fairmoor Equine Clinic near Morpeth to see demonstrations of this type of farriery for performance horses.

Alnorthumbria Veterinary Group is at the forefront of equine medicine in the region, Director Lesley Barwise-Munro explains, “These clinics are part of the continuing evolution in the care that we provide and underlines our commitment to work with the industry’s professional bodies to provide equine care. All the presenters are leaders in their specialist field and I’m sure that anyone who attends will benefit from their advice on dynamic shoeing.”

“By bringing three of the top professionals together to share their knowledge we hope that Alnorthumbria, as well as other local vets and farriers, will be able to provide a better service for clients. Our aim is to improve horses’ performance; at whatever level they compete, by increasing efficiency and ensuring that they remain sound for longer.”

The following day on Friday 22nd March 2013, there will be a client clinic at Fairmoor Equine Clinic with Jim Ferrie. Clients are encouraged to attend with their regular farrier for an appointment with Jim who will assess their horse and give advice on dynamic shoeing for optimum performance.

The Farrier CPD on March 21st at The Gubeon Equestrian Centre in Morpeth, Northumberland has very kindly been sponsored by Bedmax Shavings, MSD Animal Health and Strömsholm Ltd.

For more information and to register for the client clinic on Friday 22nd March, please contact course organiser – Lesley Barwise Munro, BSc, BVM&S, Cert EP, MRCVS on 07713 122109 or Barbara Buglass, Tel: 01670 897597.


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