Part of our exciting project to build a new veterinary facility for our donkeys will include the introduction of a New Arrivals unit – a vital part of the Sanctuary.
The New Arrivals unit’s role is central to maintaining the safety of donkeys at the Sanctuary as it prevents diseases spreading to our existing herds.
When a new donkey comes into our care, they go through a routine which includes medical tests for parasites and other diseases, a farrier visit to trim their feet and any vaccinations or blood tests that need to be carried out. Donkeys are given a settling in period where any behavioural changes or problems can be detected.
Another important role of the New Arrivals unit in conjunction with the hospital is to castrate stallions upon arrival.
So how will the new facility at Brookfield Farm, near Honiton, have a positive impact?
New Arrivals Manager Glen Gardiner has been working in New Arrivals since 1998 and he sees it as a great opportunity to improve how the Sanctuary welcomes new arrivals.
He said: “The New Hospital and New Arrivals site is very important as it will now be removed from Slade House Farm and the main herds. Flexibility has been built into the new design in order to be able to close off each area of isolation, allowing groups to be contained if necessary, while also being able to carry on normally in the rest of New Arrivals.
There are always better ways to do things if there is an opportunity to improve then we should
“New arrivals have a lot of involvement with the pathology lab which is located at Brookfield, being closer to pathology will allow for immediate testing in emergencies.
“The New Arrivals and hospital site is also important because it will able to accommodate all sized equines. Animals that are too big can become unmanageable; being able to have the resources to get things done allows them to accommodate all sizes and all requirements.
“The new site is also good for any mares coming in that are in foal because they will be very close to the hospital and because Brookfield has expertise in foaling.
“I think if you never changed, you would never improve. There are always better ways to do things if there is an opportunity to improve then we should.”