Farrier Promoted to Faculty Position at US Veterinary College
By Fran Jurga, Hoofcare & Lameness Journal (USA)
Michael Wildenstein, CJF, FWCF (Hons), long-time farrier at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in Ithaca, New York, has a new job. The resident farrier recently became the first in his profession since the 1930s to hold a faculty position at a US veterinary school.
As Adjunct Associate Professor of Farrier Medicine and Surgery in the Department of Clinical Sciences, Wildenstein will continue in his day-to-day duties, but the department will change around him.
Construction has already begun to expand the farrier school and shop area, and the educational program will expand to four students at a time. Cornell offers the only farrier education program in the world that is located within a veterinary school. In addition to educating farriers in basic education, Wildenstein also offers advanced-level internships to farriers and veterinarians interested in exposure to Cornell’s clinical cases and Wildenstein’s expertise.
Michael Wildenstein is one of the world’s most highly qualified farriers. He has completed the grueling Fellowship of the Worshipful Company of Farriers. His thesis, oral, and practical examinations earned the designation of “With Honors”; only three living farriers have been awarded that distinction.
Cornell’s farrier program is the oldest in the United States, and has operated continuously since 1914. Wildenstein benefited from the precedent of Mr. Henry Asmus, a noted German farrier who served Cornell as Professor of Surgery and instructed veterinarians in the fine points of farrier science. Asmus was a student of the famous Anton Lungwitz at the Royal Saxony veterinary school in Dresden, Germany and became the most widely recognized authority on horseshoeing, and particularly for lameness problems, in the United States.
Michael Wildenstein recently celebrated his 15th anniversary in the forge at Cornell, which is ranked as the No.1 veterinary school in the United States.
Each fall, Wildenstein hosts and organizes a conference for US farriers at the university vet school at Cornell. In 2008, the conference will be held on November 8-9.
An article about Mike and his experience with the WCF exams can be found at: http://www.vet.cornell.edu/education/farrier/instructor.htm