The Donkey Sanctuary is an international animal welfare charity working in eighteen countries around the world. It aims to prevent the suffering of donkeys and mules through the provision of high quality care, professional advice and support on donkey welfare. The Donkey Sanctuary carries out non-intrusive studies to promote the same.
One of the roles of the Vet Projects Department is to provide feeding advice to donkey owners and keepers. We have had a busy few weeks with lots of calls coming through from owners of donkeys wanting to know how to feed their donkeys appropriately at this time of year. It is often during these months that elderly donkeys may struggle to maintain weight and need supplementary feeding. In general feeding donkeys that are fit and healthy with good teeth is extremely easy.
Making life more interesting!
Here in the veterinary projects and development department we are keen to undertake studies that improve the health and welfare of donkeys in our care. When we were approached by Emily Daniel from the University of Exeter asking if she could carry out a study looking at donkey behaviour we had the perfect project in mind!
We have been having a busy week in the vet projects department as a research study that we have recently published has caught the attention of the media, including BBC Radio Devon and BBC News Online.