Egypt remains a relatively poor country. Life is hard for both animals and their owners. Access to affordable quality vet services for working horses, donkeys and mules remains a challenge.

Making a difference

We have been operating in Egypt since Dorothy Brooke opened the first hospital dedicated to working horses and donkeys in 1934. In 2010/11 we helped 167,000 working horses, donkeys and mules in the country. 

Our programme in Egypt reaches around 200 communities in seven regions: Cairo, Luxor, Aswan, Edfu, Alexandria, Mersa Matruh and the Nile Delta.

  • We run mobile veterinary clinics in the Nile Delta, treating working animals and educating their owners in animal welfare, parasitic infestation, grooming and hoof care, feeding and wound management.
  • We provide quality vet services through Brooke clinics and support local health providers to increase their responsibility for treatment and prevention.
  • We train paravets and farriers in the communities where we work.
  • We improve animal welfare practices by providing training sessions, community meetings and best donkey and horse competitions.
  • We conduct regional welfare assessments to provide evidence of improvements in the welfare of high-risk animals.
  • We conduct animal-friendly research for example into eye-abnormalities, body lesions and de-worming.

Egypt at a glance

Population: 85 million (July 2013 estimate)
Human Development Index: 113 (out of 187) 
Percentage of population living below the poverty line: 18.5 per cent 
Number of working donkeys, horses and mules: 1.2 million

Owners lead their horses near the pyramids at Giza, Egypt

Owners lead their horses near the pyramids at Giza, Egypt. ©The Brooke/Barry Iverson

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