Veterinary

Brooke staff and staff employed by Brooke-funded affiliates and partners provide veterinary and animal health services to relieve the suffering of working horses, donkeys and mules.

Supporting access to short and long-term treatment

The Brooke works tirelessly to ensure that the right elements are in place for working horses, donkeys and mules to be happy and healthy in the long-term. A significant part of this involves our veterinary work which aims to provide access to preventive and treatment services both in the short- and the long-term.

We have our own dedicated veterinary and animal health teams who provide free emergency, general and preventative treatment to working horses, donkeys and mules through our mobile veterinary clinics; relief of pain is always our priority.

We provide this short-term relief where no other veterinary services exist and where animal owners or other practitioners do not yet have the required level of skill.

This direct hands-on approach is an important part of our work to improve the welfare of animals with acute pain, injury and disease and these teams strive to attain high quality levels of veterinary care using locally available medicines and equipment as much as possible.

Sustainable care in communities, changing lives

However, our long-term aim is to hand over responsibility to local veterinary services, so we also work to develop the abilities of local government, private vets and community based animal health workers (CBAHWs) to provide good quality care and work with communities owning horses and donkeys to increase their demand for these services. 

These measures and activities all help to ensure animal-owning communities can access sustainable, quality veterinary services, and build up treatment alternatives in communities.

 

Brooke vets carry out treatment on a donkey

Brooke vets carry out treatment on a donkey. © The Brooke

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