As part of their ‘Year of the Vet’ celebration of the 250th Anniversary of the Veterinary Profession, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) has chosen a photo of a Sanctuary vet working to stop donkey beating as the winner of the OIE Award in the international ‘Vets in your daily life’ photographic competition. The competition was a collaboration between the OIE and the European Commission.
The photo was taken by Dr Bojia Endebu, a vet and The Donkey Sanctuary Ethiopia Country Representative. Dr Bojia had submitted four photos showing a range of the day-to-day activities of Sanctuary overseas vets . He collected his prize at the opening of the OIE’s 79th Session on Sunday 22nd May 2011.
Dr Bojia was able to talk about our work in front of the world’s Chief Veterinary Officers. The OIE paid all costs, including the flights between Ethiopia and Paris, where the meeting was being held.
The photos show:
- Dr Bojia on stage with other nominees (and the winner of a different prize), with his prize certificate
- Dr Bojia with his prize certificate in front of the OIE sign
- Dr Bojia in front of his winning photo and caption
- The caption that went with the winning photograph
- A tetanus pregnant donkey safely assisted by a vet to deliver a live foal
- Community education not to beat a donkey all have come to deworm their donkeys with a stick
- Community partnership work to improve the working condition of donkeys (beliefs, attitudes)
- Nurturing empathy for working animals in primary schools - school children learning sentient nature of donkeys