The Donkey Sanctuary has taken more that 15,000 donkeys into care and so over the years we have been able to glean a wealth of experience in the care and management of donkeys. Our training courses are one way we can share that experience with anyone interested in donkeys.
Stage 1 - Introduction to Donkey Care
Stage 2 - Introduction to Donkey Health Care
Stage 4 - Introduction to Donkey Behaviour
Stage 5 - Introduction to Donkey Behaviour (Intermediate)
Stage 6 - Introduction to Clicker Training
To facilitate learning and educational opportunities by promoting the value and intelligence of the donkey.
Courses run during the week from 10.00am until 4.00pm (unless otherwise specified) and include theory and practical sessions. A certificate of attendance will be presented on completion of the day.
Three miles down the road from our main Sanctuary on one of our outlying farms, we have a specialised training facility that opened in 1993. The Training Centre has a large and well equipped lecture room, which has seating for up to 25 people. There are a variety of courses available on a regular basis at the Training Centre as well as at the following locations (please note that Stages 4, 5 and 6 are currently only delivered from our Sidmouth and Buxton venues):
- Buckinghamshire - Princes Risborough
- Devon - Sidmouth
- Derbyshire - Buxton
- East Sussex - Ringmer
- Essex - Colne Engaine, Colchester
- Scotland - Aberdeenshire and South Lanarkshire
- Usk, Monmouthshire
- West Sussex - Haywards Heath
We also run occasional courses at our donkey-assisted therapy centres in:
To find out about courses running in your area, please visit our Training Centre Courses Diary.
How much does it cost to attend a course?
This course is free of charge; we do however gratefully accept donations that help support our work. You can leave a donation with your trainer on the day of the course or alternatively make a donation by other methods.
Specialised training courses
If your organisation has interaction with donkeys or mules then we are very happy to discuss the possibility of tailor making a course to meet your needs. Please contact us for more information.
Training courses are not suitable for young children to attend unless the course has been organised specifically for families. If you would like children to accompany you on the course and you feel that it would be beneficial for them to attend, then it is important to discuss the situation with the training team in advance so that they can be properly accommodated. Children under 16 must always be accompanied by a responsible adult.
When you book on a course we will send you directions, health and safety information, and information on the day.
Please use our online booking form to book your place.
For other enquiries, please contact our staff at the Paccombe Training Centre.