Animal Welfare & Health Animal Welfare What is animal welfare? Animal welfare refers to the physical and emotional state of an animal. It is impacted by the environment in which it lives and works, human attitudes and practices, and available resources. Animal handling Handling can have profound and lasting effects on both animals and their handlers, and can mean the difference between good and poor animal welfare. Harnessing project A collaboration between Brooke and SaddleAid to alleviate harness-related injury and suffering for working horses, donkeys and mules. Animal Welfare and Ethical Review Body (AWERB) Our AWERB ensures the highest standards of ethics are applied to all research, and to promote a culture of care for animals and humans. Our approach to welfare assessment We assess the welfare of horses, donkeys and mules using scientifically-validated welfare assessment techniques. 'Sharing the Load' manual This manual is a guide to improving the welfare of working animals through collective action, while taking into account the context of different target populations. Welfare interpretation manual This manual helps explain the animal welfare issues that affect horses, donkeys and mules working in developing countries. Our animal welfare policy This policy exists to ensure that anyone representing Brooke demonstrates good practice in relation to animal welfare. Brooke Animal Welfare Indicators Repository This free resource enables animal welfare and health professionals in a range of sectors to measure and improve equine welfare. Animal Health Animal Healthcare To make a lasting difference to future generations of animals, our veterinary teams work to strengthen existing healthcare infrastructures. Hoof care We train local farriers to provide welfare-friendly hoof trimming and shoeing services. Promoting farriery as a profession Our Global Farriery Project aims to transform the farriery trade in low- and middle-income countries. The working equid veterinary manual This book offers insights and practical advice on how to provide effective healthcare for working equids in developing countries. Our animal health mentoring framework Brooke is taking the lead in this “sharing and building expertise” approach to improving animal healthcare systems. Animal health systems strengthening We work towards strengthening animal health systems to ensure sustainable change for animals and people who rely on them. Water and equine health In parts of the world where accessing water is increasingly difficult, equine animals play an essential part in the transport of water supplies.