UC Davis Veterinary Medicine Welcomes New Farrier
The UC Davis veterinary hospital welcomes Ian Davies as its new farrier. Davies has worked all around the world as a farrier for 25 years. Born and raised in Great Britain, he has had the rare privilege of working with diverse and talented groups of like-minded equestrians, from royal families in the Middle East to some of the world’s largest breeding facilities. Areas of discipline throughout his career include racing, dressage, eventing, jumping, and polo.
Davies considers himself a consummate horseman who is always looking to improve equine athletic performance, hoof care, and overall equine health. He is forever progressing in his profession, which has taken him around the globe, with clients in Germany, Japan, Oman, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and the United States.
His client roster over the years has included 2-time Olympic medalist and 4-time European champion Paul Schockemöhle, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Abdulla, Oman’s Royal Cavalry, and Katsumi Yoshida's Northern Farm, home to more than 3,000 horses and described as the center of the Japanese racehorse breeding industry.
Davies is a Diplomate of the Worshipful Company of Farriers, a British organization that has been promoting the welfare of the horse since 1356.
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Former UC Davis farrier Shane Westman has moved into a new role with the hospital’s Diagnostic Imaging Service, which now will have a designated technician to help better streamline equine cases.