VET’S DIARY: Farrier Jim joins the team of equine experts

We are delighted that an internationally renowned farrier is the latest expert to join our elite team of visiting consultants at our Fairmoor Equine Clinic in Morpeth, writes Stephen Bradley.

Jim Ferrie, who is a Fellow of the Worshipful Company of Farriers (FWCF), is adding his expertise to the group of visiting specialists bolstering our team of experienced permanent horse vets.

I’m sure you will have seen Jim’s name mentioned here in the past as he visited the clinic earlier in the year as a guest speaker at a clinic we ran for farriers in the North East so we were really pleased when he agreed to become one of our visiting consultants.

Jim is based in Ayrshire and is a consultant to the Weipers Centre Equine Hospital at Glasgow University. He specialises in corrective, remedial shoeing and lameness and will be travelling to Northumberland on a regular basis to see patients at the clinic.

Farriery for optimum performance from horses and ponies has advanced a great deal over recent years and this is an ideal opportunity for horses in our care, that have been diagnosed with lameness problems, to benefit from Jim’s wealth of expertise.

It is envisaged that Jim will not only confer with the treating vet, but will also be in direct communication with the primary care farrier.

This will include the opportunity for the horse’s regular farrier to participate and be included in the remedial shoeing process at the clinic, to enable them to continue with the foot care.

Farriers will also be welcome to refer their own cases to Jim so we hope that the visits will be of benefit, not only to our patients and clients but also to local farriers as well.

Jim has been at the clinic for two days over the past two weeks and the clinics with him have proved very popular so far and we have many more clinics, both with Jim and with our other visiting consultants over the course of the year and advise anyone wanting further information to contact the clinic on 01670 897597.

As ever, the past few weeks have been very busy at our Fairmoor Equine Clinic as we have had a number of students seeing practice with us over the summer as well as recently entertaining a camera crew and a team of ‘Junior Vets’ for a CBBC television series.

Some of you may remember that earlier in the year the clinic and some of our vets were featured in the first series of the show which takes a group of six teenagers and enrols them in a summer school at the Royal Dick Veterinary College in Edinburgh and then puts them through their paces while they learn all about what it takes to be a vet.

As a practice we like to help develop new talent and enjoy having student vets see practice with us and being a part of the CBBC ‘Junior Vets’ helps us to take that one step further. The series will probably be shown early next year. Follow us on Facebook to find out when that date will be.