Adam Pendleton, a third-year veterinary student at the College of Veterinary Medicine, was featured on The Ohio State University's website. The feature highlights 15 students and the variety of projects they engaged in during spring.
Adam Pendleton was designated as one of the youngest certified journeyman farriers right after high school graduation, and is one of the first to go to veterinary school after already being a farrier. The journeyman farrier distinction is the American Farrier Association's (AFA) highest certification, and is only granted after a farrier completes an extensive set of exams.
Adam grew up in the industry and learned from his dad. He began making horse shoes at 11 and started shoeing horses by the time he was 14. He was able to meet some really talented farriers that "showed him the ropes" and helped him get started. He did a lot of competitions and learned as much as he could about the industry. He never expected to find himself in veterinary school though.
“I never really liked school,” Adam said. “But one day my mentor was talking about the physics of the farrier industry. I was really interested, so I started taking some classes to better understand. Then I was so close to completing my degree that I decided to go for it.”
Adam received his Animal Science degree from The Ohio State University in 2009, and then started graduate school at the College of Veterinary Medicine that fall. He is now a third-year veterinary student pursuing a DVM with a focus in equine.
“It’s not common for farriers to go to vet school after already being certified but it helps give you a different perspective on things,” Adam said.
Adam says he hopes he can bring the farrier perspective to veterinary medicine, fitting each individual horse and condition with the treatment and shoe that fits best. To do this, Adam takes every opportunity to speak on the subject.
Adam recently helped plan and present a wet lab for the International Society of Equine Locomotor Pathology (ISELP) in conjunction with Dr. Jean-Marie Denoix, the founder of ISELP and a world-renowned equine anatomist and diagnostic specialist. The organization presents eight modules over a course of two years as a part of a continuing education program. Adam was asked to put together and present information on the farrier industry for the module, which included demonstrations and a live shoeing. Close to 100 veterinarians and farriers attended Adam’s wet lab which brought together the veterinary and farrier sides of equine medicine.
Adam also competes in farrier competitions with his most recent win at the AFA National Championship in March. Adam and his partner Jason Bromley received fourth place in the two-man draft shoe class. The competition included teams who made a set of horseshoes to a set of specifications for a certain horse. The teams that met the specifications most closely in the allotted time placed the highest.
To read the university's feature, click here.
About the College of Veterinary Medicine at Ohio State
Founded in 1885, The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine is ranked fifth in the nation and includes more than 1,000 faculty, staff and students in the Departments of Veterinary Biosciences, Veterinary Clinical Sciences, and Veterinary Preventive Medicine. The Veterinary Medical Center is one of the largest specialty referral centers in the world, with more than 35,000 farm, equine, and companion animal patients each year. A nationally-recognized ambulatory practice and teaching unit in Marysville, Ohio provides farm animal experience to every veterinary student, and the Food Animal Health Research Program in Wooster, OH focuses on detection, control, and prevention of disease. Located on the only campus in the country with a comprehensive medical center offering seven health sciences colleges, we admit up to 162 veterinary students per class, and offer a new comprehensive graduate program in Veterinary and Comparative Medicine as well as a unique Master’s degree in Veterinary Public Health, in partnership with the College of Public Health. http://vet.osu.edu.