HERBERT Spencer, the English philosopher, famously said: “The great aim of education is not knowledge, but action.” And this is the great aim of the enhanced Educational Partnership announced between the International Association of Professional Farriers (IAPF) and FormaHoof Ltd.
Through this new partnership, the IAPF and FormaHoof will jointly promote a range of educational initiatives created to give veterinarians, farriers and equine hoof care specialists access to the latest developments in equine hoof care. The advanced educational training programme developed by FormaHoof’s team of equine podiatry experts will also be co-marketed under the new partnership, and through the IAPF’s new ‘Partner Credentials’, IAPF members will be able to take advantage of a unique set of educational opportunities.
Lester Yoder APF-I, chairman of the IAPF’s Credentialing Committee, stated: “FormaHoof will be the first company to participate in this new ‘IAPF Partner Credentialing’ programme. Through the FormaHoof Academy and other similar programmes, which are currently in negotiations, farriers will be able to take advantage of programmes, which are presented by supportive educational partners with similar objectives to the IAPF. These objectives include enhanced educational initiatives for the betterment of the horse, farrier, veterinarian, horse owner and others involved in the care and custody of the horse.”
At the heart of FormaHoof’s education system is the FormaHoof Academy, which provides the theoretical knowledge and practical insights to help horses overcome a multitude of hoof related issues, with the support of FormaHoof. Created for professionals by professionals, the FormaHoof Certified Applicator course (FCA course) is based on a combination of video trainings and accompanying, downloadable documents, and with more content planned for the future, is fast becoming an invaluable resource for equine podiatry specialists world-wide. Successful completion of the online course and examination will allow a farrier to earn 24 IAPF Continuing Education Credits, and those that are already certified will be automatically granted these credits.
The course is currently available in English and German, with more languages coming soon.
FormaHoof CEO Alexander Papantoniou comments: “At FormaHoof, we understand the importance of exploration, learning and education and we are delighted to partner with the IAPF. To have such a prestigious, like-minded organisation endorse our Academy is a testament to the quality of the content and a motivator to the entire FormaHoof Team to continue our innovation in this space.
One of our primary goals is to give equine podiatry professionals access to cutting edge skills development and the creation of our online Academy – a complete LMS (Learning Management System) – was in many ways a first in this industry.
“Through the latest in online training technology, we are committed to continuing to lead the way in online training within the equine podiatry world.”