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Lexie Laing

M.S. in Animals and Public Policy (MAPP) Externship Experience
May-August 2020
Equine Research: The Relationship Between the Equine Veterinarian and Farrier
Lexie Laing

I worked with Dr. Carl Kirker-Head, an equine veterinarian, to research and characterize the current status of on-site farrier services at selected veterinary teaching hospitals, to help qualify the relationship between farriers and equine veterinarians and their effect of equine health. Additionally, we compared the results to a similar study published in 2010. Over the summer, we transitioned the survey Dr. Kirker-Head created in 2004 from a word document to Qualtrics to send it to the selected representatives. To do this, I utilized what I learned from the MAPP program to reach out to participants and transform the survey. We made significant changes to the questions while keeping it similar enough to compare it to the 2010 results. For my final paper, I wrote a literature review of the farrier-veterinarian relationship, including Dr. Kirker-Head’s characterization in 2010.

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