The Donkey Sanctuary has a fully equipped veterinary hospital designed specifically for treating donkeys. From years of working with donkeys, the veterinary staff are able to disseminate their knowledge widely by running continuing professional development (CPD) courses, lecturing worldwide at veterinary conferences and providing local training courses for vets and farriers, as well as a telephone and email advice service.
It used to be thought that the donkey could be treated as a small horse but we now know there are many ways donkeys differ from horses and their veterinary care should reflect this.
What we provide
Full haematology, biochemistry and parasitology samples can be analysed at the Sanctuary's laboratory. The Sanctuary offers a local referral service at its fully equipped hospital in Sidmouth, Devon.
Facilities include an operating theatre and diagnostic equipment including endoscopy, x-ray and ultrasound.
We have two full time equine dental technicians (BAEDT qualified) working with us to provide routine dental care. They are always happy to provide advice to other BAEDT qualified equine dental technicians.
Specific information sheets and protocols are available for vets including:
- Donkey Foot Care Advice
- Donkey Quality of Life Assessment
- Feeding & Managing the Underweight Donkey
- Feeding the Donkey - Vet
- Feeding the Donkey with Dental Problems
- Feeding the Donkey with Kidney Disease
- Feeding the Elderly Donkey
- Guide to Donkey Castration
- Pathology at The Donkey Sanctuary
- Supporting the Donkey with Liver Disease
Vets requiring any of the above sheets can click on the sidebar link to register or log in to WikiVet where further information is available.
Articles you may find useful include:
Alexandra K. Thiemann, Karen Rickards. March 2013. Donkey hoof disorders and their treatment. In Practice. 35. 135-140.
Nora Matthews, J. P. A. M. van Loon. January 2013. Review: Anaesthesia and analgesia of the donkey and the mule. Equine Veterinary Education. 25:1. 47-51.
Alexandra K. Thiemann. September 2012. Respiratory disease in the donkey. Equine Veterinary Education. 24:9. 469-478.
D. A. Grosenbaugh, C. R. Reinemeyer, D. Figueiredo. October 2011. Review: Pharmacology and therapeutics in donkeys. Equine Veterinary Education. 23:10. 523-530.
Simon N. Collins, Sue J. Dyson, M. C. Murray, Faith A. Burden, Andrew F. Trawford. July 2011. Radiological anatomy of the donkey's foot: Objective characterisation of the normal and laminitic donkey foot. Equine Veterinary Journal. 43:4. 478-86.
Melissa D. Sinclair, Katrina L. Mealey, Nora Matthews, Ken E. Peck, Tex S. Taylor, Brad S. Bennett. July 2006. Comparative pharmacokinetics of meloxicam in clinically normal horses and donkeys. American Journal of Veterinary Research. 67:6. 1082-1085.
Cheryl L. Herman. The anatomical differences between the donkey and the horse. In Veterinary Care of Donkeys, N. S. Matthews and T. S. Taylor (eds) International Veterinary Information Service. USA, New York: Ithaca [restricted access].