The Donkey Sanctuary and University of Glasgow have begun an exciting new collaborative project to improve sarcoid management, after application proposals opened in April 2016.
The project has the potential to reduce pain, suffering and even loss of life on the donkeys’ part, and diminish the stress suffered by both donkey, owner and all others involved in looking after these unpredictable cases. The project is entirely non-invasive and all clinical material gathered will be collected during the course of normal treatment.
Faith Burden, Head of Research said: “Sarcoids are the most common skin tumours to affect horses, donkeys, mules, ponies and even zebras worldwide. Although sarcoids are a type of cancer, they do not spread to other organs. Having said that, sarcoids can still be very unpleasant and sadly some animals have to be put to sleep due to the presence of such lesions”.
The Donkey Sanctuary’s first investigation to improve sarcoid management with the University of Glasgow is now underway in a hope to gain a further understanding of how sarcoids develop, how best to manage cases as they develop - including a ‘personalised’ approach to sarcoid care, and additionally identifying new and improved treatment options.
All areas of this project have been approved by both The Donkey Sanctuary and University of Glasgow School of Veterinary Medicine Ethics Review Committees.