Sixth International Colloquium on Working Equids

Papers presented at the sixth International Colloquium on Working Equids in Delhi in 2010.

This Brooke India hosted event took place between 29 November and 2 December 2010 at the Habitat Centre, Delhi.

The event brought together a diverse range of local, national and international non-governmental agencies, veterinary and animal health workers, policy advisors and community development specialists from 32 countries around the world.

Contributions comprised oral presentations and scientific posters describing the work of NGOs, universities and independent entities. The summary descriptions (abstracts) for these papers are included in the colloquium proceedings set out here.

Please contact the Evidence & Research team if you'd like more information on any of our oral or poster presentations.

Over three days, discussions revolved around eight broad themes, each of which had a related section in the event proceedings. Interactive sessions looked at subjects ranging from livestock emergency guidelines and standards, participatory tools and methods, the future of working equine welfare research and modern horse-drawn equipment.

The gathering was fantastic, people with diverse views and backgrounds were present and there was positive energy, resulting in a very useful four days of discussions. I learned a lot and really valued this wonderful opportunity.

Rayappan Cyril Roy, Department of Health Management, Atlantic Veterinary College, Canada

Invaluable outcomes

“The outcomes will be used as an important contribution to further work, including the Commonwealth Veterinary Association’s specialist session on working animals at its 5th Pan-Commonwealth conference and the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation/Brooke-facilitated e-consultation and expert panel to develop recommendations," said Peter Thornber, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Australia, representing the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

"This will all be invaluable background for use by OIE in its consideration of international animal welfare guidelines for working equids,” he added.

Read the post-colloquium report