Kirk worked as a farrier from 1971 to 2007. Between 1986 to 2000, he worked at the UC Davis, Vet Med Teaching hospital where his responsibilities included:

  • Farrier services for the patients seen at the hospital. Teaching students and residents
  • Farrier techniques needed for a veterinary practice in formal labs and clinical settings
  • Fabrication and application of splints and other orthopedic devices for a variety of domestic and non domestic animals
  • Fabrication of experimental medical equipment and participation in research projects of clinicians and residents [/unordered_list]

During this time, he also assisted during the procedures of surgery and radiology and the recovery of animals from anesthesia.

From 1986 to 2013, he was guest lecturer ANS 115 H, Principal instructor for ANS 149 and 149l. During this time, his responsibilities included course content development and lectures for a course designed for a professional in an equine related field to understand the art and science of farriery. Topics include anatomy, physiology, pathology, biomechanics, diseases and materials and methods for shoeing horses.

Qualifications and Memberships, Patents and Publications
  • Bachelor of Science Degree, Animal Sciences and Master of Science, Animal Science from UC Davis
  • American Farriers Assoc.  Certified Journeyman Farrier 1986
  • Approved tester 1987
  • American Assoc. of Professional Farriers
  • U. S. Patent # 5172766 for new horseshoe design 1990
  • Treating Canker in a Warmblood, American Farriers Journal, vol. 22, no. 4, Jul/Aug. 1996, pp. 68-69
  • Name That Shoe! : Modified Patten Bar shoe, American Farriers Journal, vol. 21, no. 1, Jan/Feb 1995, pp.58
  • Fetlock Brace, Anvil Magazine, vol. 13, no. 4, Apr. 1988, pp. 23-29
  • Updated Fetlock Brace Shoe, Anvil Magazine, vol.00 no. 00, May 1990, pp. 21-26
  • Corrective Shoeing – Quick Fix or Long Term Solution? Anvil Magazine
  • Building Better Hoof Wall, the Morgan Horse, vol. XLIX no. 10, Oct. 1989, pp.109-110
  • Building Better Hoof Wall, Pacific Coast Journal, vol. 26, no. 12, Dec. 1989, pp. 63-65