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Martin Wilkinson Saddlers is to work with the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) to help to train equine veterinary students.

The RVC has decided to include lectures and demonstrations from industry professionals as part of its training. This is to try and achieve a more “joined up” approach to clinical diagnosis and treatment.

The students will have 2 opportunities to learn more about the industry both before and after their clinical rotations.

Martin Wilkinson Saddlers hope that the seminars will provide both a basic understanding of saddle fitting and how saddles are made, as well as tackling more in-depth problems.

Martin Wilkinson said: “We are thrilled to be part of this forward looking initiative. It is a really positive step, which can only result in an enhancement in the recognition by owners of the skills of the Master Saddler and Qualified Saddle Fitter and ultimately for the good of the horse.”

The Worshipful Company of Saddlers has funded the new initiative.