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Teaching the basics of good donkey harness

Tessa Cornell is a recent graduate of Edinburgh Vet School and a recipient of The Donkey Sanctuary’s overseas travel grant, as part of which she is spending a month with our partner in Egypt, ESPWWA. During this time, Tessa will be learning about ESPWWA’s veterinary outreach and community education programmes, helping produce educational material on eye problems, and investigating the causes of eye disease in the donkey population. This is her fourth blog from the field.

ESPWWA discuss good harness with stockmen at a brick kiln in El Saf

Looking out for donkeys in Cyprus

Our Sanctuary in Cyprus has been busy this summer, carrying out ‘outreach visits’ to over 60 villages helping to provide vital treatment to working donkeys and mules, and educational support to owners.

Treatments include wound care, farriery, dentistry and health checks, whilst advice given can be anything such as feeding tips, foaling preparation and care, and stabling.

Cyprus donkey

Visiting rescued donkeys in South Africa

The Donkey Sanctuary has been supporting Eseltjiesrus Donkey Sanctuary in McGregor, South Africa since 2009 with their educational programme and, most recently, to conduct accredited donkey welfare professional development workshops. When Suzie Van De Geyn, one of our dedicated UK volunteers, mentioned that she was visiting the region, we put her in touch for a visit. Read about her experiences below.

The Donkey Sanctuary volunteer Suzie Van De Geyn visits our partner, the Eseltjiesrus Donkey Sanctuary in South Africa

Laying the stepping stones towards sustainable welfare

Tessa Cornell is a recent graduate of Edinburgh Vet School and a recipient of The Donkey Sanctuary’s overseas travel grant, as part of which she is spending a month with our partner in Egypt, ESPWWA. During this time, Tessa will be learning about ESPWWA’s veterinary outreach and community education programmes, helping produce educational material on eye problems, and investigating the causes of eye disease in the donkey population. This is her third blog from the field.

Dr Nehal explains some of the educational posters to a young donkey owner during the mobile clinic session in El Kebabat

Building bridges in Saqqara over a pint of sugarcane juice

Tessa Cornell is a recent graduate of Edinburgh Vet School and a recipient of The Donkey Sanctuary’s overseas travel grant, as part of which she is spending a month with our partner in Egypt, ESPWWA. During this time, Tessa will be learning about ESPWWA’s veterinary outreach and community education programmes, helping produce educational material on eye problems, and investigating the causes of eye disease in the donkey population. This is her second blog from the field.

An educational session for children at Saqqara library

Teamwork for sustainable change in Giza

Tessa Cornell is a recent graduate of Edinburgh Vet School and a recipient of The Donkey Sanctuary’s overseas travel grant, as part of which she is spending a month with our partner in Egypt, ESPWWA. During this time, Tessa will be learning about ESPWWA’s veterinary outreach and community education programmes, helping produce educational material on eye problems, and investigating the causes of eye disease in the donkey population. This is her first blog from the field.

ESPWWA animal health assistant Hamed's mobile clinic-turned-training centre, which he constructed himself as he is trained in carpentry. He says, "Anyone working for The Donkey Sanctuary must be creative!"

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