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The Equine Podiatry Association

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Launched in April 2006, the Equine Podiatry Association (UK) exists as a self-regulating professional body for Equine Podiatrists practicing in the UK.

The Association's aim is to regulate and support Equine Podiatrists working in the UK, promoting responsible shoeless hoofcare and providing information to anybody wishing to find out more about Equine Podiatry.

For an explanation of what Equine Podiatry is and what an Equine Podiatrist does, see here.

For more information about the EPA, see here.

News

  • August 2014. Tickets are available for the EPA Conference on the 6th/7th September 2014 at the Unicorn Trust Equestrian Centre, Gloucestershire. Tickets are £150 to non-EPA members. More details can be found here. Tickets can be booked here.
  • July 2013. The Farrier’s Registration Council are seeking to amend the Farriers’ Registration Act 1975 and resolve, among other things, the issue of regulation of barefoot trimmers. In response to this, most of the main groups offering training and/or regulation of UK equine barefoot trimmers have come together to issue a consensus position statement on the future of regulation of barefoot trimming.

    The signatory organisations have been aware for some time that the issue of regulation would come up sooner or later and there has been an ongoing effort to work towards appropriate regulation of trimming in the UK. The development in record time of a National Occupational Standard was one outcome of this work and this alone has demonstrated the commitment of the professional trimming community to self-regulation. However, such regulation will not work without government backing and until now the door of government has not been sufficiently open for a solution to regulation to be achieved.

    Following the recent political developments, we present this position statement as a way for the trimming community to directly influence policy development in government.  It will help to guide that policy development in a direction that is beneficial to both professional barefoot trimmers and their clients.

    The text of the position statement can be found here

  • March 2009. The EPA welcomes the outcome of the Initial Consultation Meeting for the development of a National Occupational Standard (NOS) in Barefoot Trimming. The strong sense of unity amongst all barefoot trimming groups on the need to set formal standards at a high level is good news for equine welfare. The EPA will be represented on the working group set up to develop the NOS and will be working to ensure that the highest possible standard is set.
  • February 2009. The EPA has issued a position statement on the need for regulation and standards in barefoot trimming
  • September 2008. The Diploma course in Equine Podiatry has now been announced. This two year, part time course will be run independently from the EPA but will provide training in Equine Podiatry to a standard suitable for full EPA membership. For information on the course, please see here.