Associations

Special pricing available for members of various associations.

Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy

The Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy (ACPAT) represents the interests of Chartered Physiotherapists in animal therapy. The ACPAT is a professional network group of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, and ACPAT members are Chartered Physiotherapists who have trained in physiotherapy and rehabilitation for animals. The ACPAT endeavors to lead the field and the standards of animal physiotherapy and promote excellence through ongoing education, evaluation, research and continuing professional development.

Equine Sports Massage Association

The Equine Sports Massage Association (ESMA) was founded by Mary Bromiley, FCSP, SRP, RPT (USA), in order to ensure that clients receive services from fully trained and qualified equine masseurs. To fulfill this goal, the ESMA has rigorous training and examination procedures that members must adhere to. The association now has well over 100 members all over Great Britain, as well as some international members.

National Association of Veterinary Physiotherapists

The National Association of Veterinary Physiotherapists (NAVP) was founded in 1985 in order to promote the professional practice of veterinary physiotherapy. NAVP members are graduates of NAVP accredited BSc and PgDip/MSc Veterinary Physiotherapy courses. The NAVP’s mission is to ensure that animals receive the highest standards of physiotherapy care, and the association supports a foundation of scientific knowledge paired with clinical practice and continued research.

British Farriers & Blacksmiths Association

The British Farriers & Blacksmiths Association (BFBA), established in 1904, serves as the voice of the professional farrier in the UK. BFBA members enjoy many benefits including being represented with official bodies, discounts on insurance and legal services with BFBA partners, and even potential financial help from the BFBA for long term illness.

American Farrier’s Association

The American Farrier’s Association (AFA) is the oldest national membership organization for farriers in the United States. The AFA seeks to further farrier professional development, to provide leadership and resources within the farrier industry, and to provide continuing education for farriers to improve the welfare of the horse. The AFA’s Certification exams are internationally recognized for the standards that they establish, and with chapter affiliations in the United States, Canada, and Israel, the AFA provides its members with highly valuable educational clinics, demos, hammer-ins, and an annual convention.

Svenska Hovslagareföreningen

The Svenska Hovslagareföreningen (SHF) is a national Swedish association which works to safeguard the interests of farriers. SHF members must have passed an approved education program, or have passed an oral examination. SHF members enjoy significant subsidized insurance benefits to protect them and their businesses, including accident insurance, liability insurance, legal protection, and professional liability insurance. Additionally, members can attend a yearly meeting with free lectures, competitions in and around Sweden, and even different courses and lectures which are subsidized for SHF members.

Nederlandse Vereniging van Hoefsmeden

The Nederlandse Vereniging van Hoefsmeden (NVvH) is a Dutch association that focuses on keeping farriers, breeders, and horse owners updated on the latest advancements in the hoofcare field. The association is a member of the European Federation of Farrier Associations. NVvH members receive the association’s newsletter and De Hoef magazine, as well as the association’s Main Explorer software.

Irish Master Farriers Association

The Irish Master Farriers Association (IMFA) was created in the early 1970s. The IMFA holds clinics and seminars promoting the development of new products and procedures which enable the association members to establish a higher standard of practice. IMFA members can participate in apprentice assessments, as well as mock final examinations in preparation for the Diploma in Farriery. Currently the IMFA has over 140 members.

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