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.