The UC Davis veterinary hospital is excited to welcome farrier Shane Westman as a new member of the Large Animal Clinic’s (LAC) dedicated team of professionals. A lifelong horseman and a farrier for 23 years, Westman brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the LAC.
While growing up riding and working with horses in his home state of Washington, Westman decided to turn his horse hobby into a career, and attended farrier trade school in 1992. He joined the American Association for Professional Farriers (AAPF) in its inaugural year as a founding member, and has since served on the board of directors for three years.
Westman’s dedication to animals extends beyond his professional farrier duties. He is the co-founder and former board member of Skagit Animals In Need. The Washington nonprofit was established to assist animals in the care of the Skagit County animal control officer.
For the entirety of his career, Westman has emphasized a team approach between veterinarians and farriers. This, in combination with Shane’s lifelong interest in therapeutic work, makes his new position at UC Davis one he has long sought. Working alongside a team of world-class equine specialists, Westman’s services will be an integral part of providing superior diagnostics and cutting-edge therapeutic services to LAC clients.
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