Farrier Association Creates Veterinary Student Scholarship

The American and International Associations of Professional Farriers (AAPF/IAPF) have announced the creation of the Frank Gravlee Scholarship.

With the scholarship, the AAPF/IAPF hope to encourage veterinarian students and recent veterinary college graduates (within two years of graduation) to pursue their continuing education by attending the 2018 International Hoof-Care Summit. The dates for the 2018 Summit are Jan. 23-26.

Through the generosity of Frank Reilly, DVM, APF, of West Chester, Pennsylvania, the scholarship was created to recognize the contributions of Frank Gravlee, DVM, MS, CNS, founder of Life Data Labs in Cherokee, Alabama. Gravlee works to develop new products to benefit overall horse health. He is a member of the International Equine Veterinarian Hall of Fame.

The AAPF/IAPF recognized Gravlee in 2017 by as the recipient of the American Farriers Journal Robert (Red) Renchin Leadership Award for his lifelong commitment to the equine industry.

This scholarship will annually recognize two eligible veterinary students or recent veterinary graduates by providing each with a package to include:

  • Registration to the International Hoof-Care Summit in Cincinnati, Ohio;
  • Transportation to the Summit (either by auto reimbursement or air travel); and
  • Lodging at the Summit (for up to four nights).

The American Association of Equine Practitioners has offered to assist the AAPF/IAPF in their efforts to promote this scholarship to veterinary students and recent graduates.


Applicants must:

  • Be a current veterinary student, or a recent graduate (within two years of graduation), of a North American equine veterinarian college or university;
  • Have never attended the International Hoof-Care Summit;
  • Be willing and able to attend the AAPF/IAPF Annual General Membership meeting at the International Hoof-Care Summit, in Cincinnati, on Jan. 24, 2018, where they will be recognized; and
  • Submit an application.

Preference will be given to students or graduates who have identified a special interest in medical, surgical, or farrier care of the hoof. A professor or employer/supervisor of the applicant will also need to submit a letter of recommendation for the applicant.


The application includes an essay on: Why I would like to be a recipient of the 2018 Frank Gravlee Scholarship.

Possible topics to include in the essay:

  • What you hope to receive by attending the International Hoof-Care Summit;
  • What impact attending the Summit would have on your veterinarian practice;
  • Additional information on your education and experience to get to this point in your life/career; and
  • A brief resume.

The application is available at ProfessionalFarriers.com/GravleeScholarshipApplication.

The application deadline is Oct. 1. Scholarships winners will be announced no later than Nov 1.

Individuals with questions should contact Bryan Quinsey, AAPF/IAPF executive director, at 859/533-1465 or aapf@professionalfarriers.com.

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