The Donkey Sanctuary welcome vet students throughout the year from all over the world to learn about all things donkey and mule. Valeria is a vet student from Mexico who has spent several weeks with various departments of The Donkey Sanctuary, including the veterinary team. Vet students spend their time learning about donkey and mule husbandry and management as well as learning how to diagnose and treat the animals’ illnesses.
Valeria was also very keen to see our rehomed donkeys being cared for so we visited two different Guardian homes for her to experience this. We visited Bridgwater College who have three rehomed donkeys who all make excellent tutors for the students. We then visited a home who have now been Guardians for a full year, where both donkeys and Guardians share the roles of teacher and student, learning from one another every day. Both homes are very proud of their donkeys and offer them fun-filled lives full of love and care.
Valeria Picazo said: “It was such a rewarding experience to see these beautifully cared for donkeys in their new lives, enjoying their families and surroundings. Even though the two homes we visited were quite different it was apparent that they both loved the donkeys."
During our visit to the college I enjoyed watching how the students learnt about equine care and welfare from the most knowledgeable teachers, their three donkeys. It was very comforting to hear Stephanie Young (Technician at Bridgwater College and main carer for the donkeys) talk about each of the donkeys’ personalities and unique traits.
This was no different at the home we visited in the afternoon, where Khush happily told us that there’s always something new to learn from them and that he and Sam will rejoice by simply watching Little Lad and George interact with each other.
I went home with a contented heart, thinking about the countless opportunities for donkeys and for people to share the same path, forging friendships by listening to each other.