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.