Veterinary mission to help 1000 donkeys in Tanzania

Vets found a complete lack of preventive health in donkeys in the Arusha region.
Vets found a complete lack of preventive health in donkeys in the Arusha region.

A veterinary team heading to Tanzania in June hopes to help more than 1000 donkeys.

World Vets and Innovacyn, makers of Vetericyn animal healthcare products, are collaborating on the pilot mission to help donkeys in the Arusha region.

A World Vets team of eight volunteer veterinarians and technicians, along with local partners, will deliver much-needed assistance to the donkeys of the Maasai, Meru and Arusha people.

The team’s rural mobile donkey clinics will provide veterinary care, hoof trimming, treatment of wounds and de-worming, as well instruction on proper handling techniques and ongoing care.

While World Vets works in several areas of Tanzania, the June trip will be the pilot program for donkeys in the Arusha region. The estimated 600,000 donkeys in the area are vital to the livelihood of their owners, carrying supplies and providing transportation and farming support. World Vets’ goal for the mission is to treat more than 1000 donkeys and to give owners and local veterinarians the tools needed for ongoing support.

“Our initial assessment of the donkey population revealed a complete lack of preventive health care such as vaccinations and deworming,” said Dr Cathy King, founder and chief executive of World Vets.

The most common health problems were infected wounds from carrying heavy loads on their backs.
Infected back wounds from carrying heavy loads are among the most common health problems.

“The most common health problems were infected wounds from carrying heavy loads on their backs.

“An estimated 50 per cent of the donkeys suffered from painful lesions that require treatment.”

In addition to treating individual animals, education on prevention will be a critically important part of the project.

Innovacyn general manager Dave Mills said: “When we heard about the high numbers of donkeys with infections and wounds in Arusha, we knew Vetericyn could help and wanted to do everything we could to move the mission forward.”

 

Anyone who would like to support the Arusha mission or other World Vets projects can do so here. In addition, World Vets is soliciting donations of pony-size halters (made from lightweight material) for the Arusha donkeys. Visit for more information.

 

 

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