"Why are we walking from Slade farm to Brookfield farm?" is a reasonable question, and the answer is simple but also complex:
It’s going to be a wrench leaving the old donkey hospital and making a momentous move to a new site, so we wanted to mark the occasion in some way. Dr Svendsen founded the original donkey hospital in 1982 and it was expanded again in 2010, it has been the hub of our veterinary activity for over 34 years. During this time we have treated so many wonderful donkeys and shared some fabulous learning experiences.
Donkeys walk and donkeys work endlessly carrying building materials all over the world , so it seemed that we could combine those things and do the walking ourselves to symbolise how hard donkeys work for us.
This is going to be probably the world's only purpose built donkey hospital- and the donkeys treated here will be so fortunate, the facility should enable us to provide better treatments and training throughout the years to come.
But worldwide there are millions of donkeys and the only way we can reach them is by education, outreach, training and sharing. The stories linked by this walk demonstrate just some of the ways donkeys are working worldwide, often facing difficult conditions which our teams are helping to improve.
As vets we hope that the new hospital will not only be there for our donkeys to get better, but also be a centre for learning about donkey health and welfare, and be a resource for training vets, nurses, farriers, and all those passionate about donkey care. In addition to the superb clinical facilities we will have a large meeting room for educational events and a library with a wealth of material to share.
So on Wednesday 28 September we be "Doing the Donkey Work Walk" and walking to our new hospital out of respect to all the working donkeys worldwide. Hopefully you can follow us and our efforts on the day and learn a bit more about our work globally as well.