The Working Equid Veterinary Manual

This book offers insights and practical advice on how to provide effective healthcare for working equids in developing countries.

The Working Equid Veterinary Manual is a practical veterinary handbook for field-based vets caring for working horses, donkeys and mules in developing countries. It contains information on the common diseases and conditions of working equids, with clinical signs, diagnosis, treatment and approaches to prevention.

The manual offers an integrated approach to case management, with emphasis on good owner communication and context-specific information given for vets working with limited local resources. It stresses the importance of equine welfare throughout the clinical decision-making process.

Why has Brooke published the manual?

There are very few veterinary resources designed for use by animal healthcare professionals treating horses and donkeys in low resource settings.

We have published this book to:

  • provide a practical and context appropriate resource for vets and paravets looking after working equids in the field
  • raise awareness about working equine veterinary medicine and innovative solutions being used worldwide when resources are limited
  • share insight, information, pictures and case studies from the field.

Where has it been distributed to?

  • 750 books have already been shipped to over 25 countries, including Pakistan, India, Ethiopia, Kenya, Senegal, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Egypt, Rwanda, Jordan, Peru, Sudan, Nepal, Gambia, USA, and more are on the way.
  • The majority of the books have been sent to field vets and para-vets treating working horses and donkeys. The rest have been shared with key teaching institutions, opinion leaders and policy makers.

Who might be interested in reading it?

  • Vets and para-vets in developing countries. The book is written in English, and although our vets come from many different countries, most speak English as a second (or third) language.
  • Vets, welfare specialists and researchers in developed countries interested in working equids and veterinary medicine and welfare in developing countries.
  • Non-technical audiences. You don't need a veterinary degree to read this book, anyone who's interested in working equids, veterinary care/management in developing countries or simply wants to find out more about Brooke’s work will also enjoy it.