Farrier

Last updated: 2021-03-01

An authorised farrier may perform surgical procedures on horses’ hooves and perform other equine hoof treatments.

Authorised farriers are classified as animal health staff, which means a licence is required to practise the profession. An authorised farrier may also treat horses under general anaesthesia, horses that have been sedated and horses that have been locally anaesthetised via injection. As an authorised farrier, you are required to work in accordance with science and proven experience and to keep patient records, among else.

You may also work as a farrier without authorisation. You are allowed to work and to shoe horses that are sedated, but you are not allowed to work with horses that are under general anaesthesia or that have been locally anaesthetised via injection. Nor are you allowed to perform surgical procedures or other treatments that may cause significant suffering. You must not delay the provision of veterinary care to a horse in need of such care.

“Authorised Farrier” is a protected title for which you must apply to the Swedish Board of Agriculture (Jordbruksverket). You are allowed to work as a farrier without applying for authorisation.

About the application

Swedish training

If you have qualifications from an approved Swedish training programme, submit your application to the Board of Agriculture. There is an application fee of SEK 1,350. The application is made electronically by using our e-service or a application forms, payment instructions and a list of the documents that you must submit with your application are available on the Board of Agriculture’s website (see link below). 

Training in an EU/EEA country or Switzerland

If you have completed a regulated training course in an EU/EEA country or Switzerland, submit your application to the Board of Agriculture. There is an application fee of SEK 1,350. Your application must be processed within three months of the date your complete application is received. The application is made electronically by using our e-service or a application forms, payment instructions and a list of the documents that you must submit with your application are available on the Board of Agriculture’s website (see link below). 

Training in other countries

In many other countries, there is no division between farriers with and without approval and it is therefore difficult to say in advance whether specific training for farriers from other countries can lead to approval in Sweden or not. There is an application fee of SEK 1,350. The application is made electronically by using our e-service or a application forms, payment instructions and a list of the documents that you must submit with your application are available on the Board of Agriculture’s website (see link below). 

Language requirement

Swedish language skills are required to become an authorised farrier. Among else, your records must be written in Swedish.

Register and supervision

The Board of Agriculture keeps a register of authorised farriers. The County Administrative Board (Länsstyrelsen) is the supervisory authority. The Veterinary Disciplinary Board (Ansvarsnämnden för djurens hälso- och sjukvård) (www.vetansvar.se) investigates treatment errors and decides on any disciplinary actions.

Origin: Swedish Board of Agriculture

How to apply

Applications for authorisation must be submitted to the Board of Agriculture. Detailed information is available on the Board of Agriculture’s website (se link below). 

You need not apply to work as a farrier without authorisation. Detailed information is available on the Board of Agriculture’s website (se link below).  

Appealing against a decision

Information about appeals is available on verksamt.se and is provided in the Board of Agriculture’s decision letter.  

 

Contact information

Organisation
Jordbruksverket
Phone
+46 771-223223
Address
551 82 JÖNKÖPING
E-mail
jordbruksverket@jordbruksverket.se
Web
www.jordbruksverket.se

Responsible: Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth

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