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

Egypt has been operating since Dorothy Brooke opened the first hospital dedicated to working horses and donkeys in 1934. The programme in Egypt reaches around 200 communities in seven regions: Cairo, Luxor, Aswan, Edfu, Alexandria, Mersa Matruh and the Nile Delta.

  • It runs 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.
  • It provides quality vet services through Brooke clinics and support local health providers to increase their responsibility for treatment and prevention.
  • It trains paravets and farriers in the communities where we work.
  • It improves animal welfare practices by providing training sessions, community meetings and best donkey and horse competitions.
  • It conducts regional welfare assessments to provide evidence of improvements in the welfare of high-risk animals.
  • It conducts 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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