If you also are interested in becoming a certified DIfHO hoof orthopedist, it is not imperative that you meet pre-determined admission requirements. However experience with horses and interest in the well-being and welfare of animals, as well as interest in veterinarian sciences and basic knowledge of medical procedures can be an advantage.
The DIfHO (German Institute of Hoof Orthopedics) is the association of hoof orthopedists created by founder Jochen Biernat. The hoof orthopedist program as offered by the DIfHO consists of 272 hours or 38 days, which will take place within a time period of two years. These 38 days are split into 15 days of practical work with horses, supervised by instructors, and 23 days of theory. Not included is additional time for self-study as well as preparation and personal follow-up training. An intermediate examination, assessing practical skills and theoretical knowledge, will be conducted after one year of education.
The successful passing of the subsequent final examination authorizes the advanced hoof orthopedist to work independently on horses. The admission for the final examination requires a report portfolio with documented hoof case studies.