Find out how our non-invasive research has helped to improve the health and welfare of donkeys and mules worldwide.
Parasites in working donkeys
Through years of research in Ethiopia, Kenya and Mexico we are understanding the role that parasites play in the lives of working donkeys and how best to treat these animals. What has been significant is the realisation that perhaps parasites are not as important as was once thought and that they should be considered only alongside other issues such as nutrition and workload.
We have decreased the number of donkeys under our care suffering from painful gastric ulcers by over 80% through research and consequently improved management and care.
We have decreased the number of donkeys under our care that are euthanased due to impaction colic by 70% through research and consequently improved management and care.
Parasites in Europe
We have identified and responded to the emergence of drug resistance in important donkey parasites and continue to work closely with collaborating scientists to ensure that we preserve the usefulness of drugs for many years to come whilst also looking at alternative ways of tackling these parasites.
We now understand the fundamentals of feeding donkeys and mules. Using the scientific findings from years of work we can confidently advise donkey owners how best to feed their donkeys to improve their health. We have also seen the launch of three donkey specific feed products on the European market.
We have carried out work that shows that donkeys and mules are anything but stubborn or stupid. In fact they are the Einsteins of the equine world! Through understanding the behaviour of donkeys and mules we have improved the assessment of disease, bonding and overall welfare.