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While vets, farriers and animal health assistants around the world are in a position to be some of the frontline champions of donkey welfare, they can often qualify from university or college without ever seeing a donkey. Despite being so crucial to rural lives and urban livelihoods, the low status of donkeys means that they are all too easily overlooked by health professionals.


The USA is a very active country in the world of donkey welfare with many passionate owners, sanctuaries and organisations. As global leaders in the field of donkey welfare, The Donkey Sanctuary networks and collaborates with American organisations both at conferences within the USA and also in outreach work in other parts of the world with advice and expertise, especially in the field of donkey behaviour.

Train with the brain not with pain

At the 4th Annual Donkey Welfare Symposium (30 October - 2 November) held in New York, USA a team of professionals from The Donkey Sanctuary took part in informative demonstrations, lectures and hands-on sessions for vets and donkey enthusiasts alike. The sessions were aimed at teaching owners, trainers and veterinarians about the unique aspects of caring for donkeys and their differing veterinary needs, topics will include: dermatology, dentistry, foot care and nutrition.

Ann Firestone, from Save Your Ass Donkey Rescue, summed up Ben Hart's donkey behaviour talk by saying "We have done so much to improve donkey care and understanding their needs that I now believe behaviour is the new frontier for improving the welfare of donkeys. So much pain is caused to donkeys and mules because people often just don't understand their true nature and how to work with these stoic beautiful animals."

This year's Annual Donkey Welfare Symposium was in collaboration with Brooke, The Donkey Sanctuary and Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue.


With a population of 25,500 donkeys and mules existing within the reach of our Egyptian teams which operate from Giza and Cairo, we are able to provide vital veterinary care and community training to make life better for working donkeys and mules.

Training for vet students

In July of this year, the Egyptian Society for Protection and Welfare of Working Animals (ESPWWA) conducted two practical training sessions for eight veterinary students of Cairo University in association with two other charities, Vetbook and Rural Wellness Initiative.

ESPWWA’s senior manager Dr Shaaban Farhat led the sessions, which introduced students to donkey behavior, handling, dental problems, and hoof lameness.