The University of California, Davis (UC Davis), School of Veterinary Medicine will host the inaugural Donkey Welfare Symposium on Nov. 1-3. The three-day event will feature informative lectures and hands-on laboratories for donkey enthusiasts, veterinarians, technicians, and students. More than 15 experts will present at the symposium, including:

  • Eric Davis, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, ACVIM, a leading authority on donkey health with more than 35 years of experience in animal welfare in rural areas and developing countries;
  • Benjamin Hart, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVB, an internationally sought after donkey behaviorist with more than 50 years of experience in veterinary behavior; and
  • Nora Matthews, DVM, Dipl. ACVA, an accomplished researcher in donkey anesthesia with more than 35 years of experience in veterinary medicine.

Goals of the symposium are to improve participants’ knowledge of donkey behavior and training, pharmacology, physiology, farriery, dentistry, parasites, management of sanctuary and feral donkey populations, and many other related subjects. Veterinary experts from across the globe will lead discussions and demonstrate best practices for the attendees.

Up to 21 hours of continuing education credit will be available for veterinarians, registered veterinary technicians, and veterinary assistants who attend in Davis, Calif. For those unable to attend the symposium in person, a live interactive webinar will be available for only the 13 hours of lectures.

“With more than 44 million donkeys worldwide, this seminar holds great importance to hundreds of donkey caretakers throughout the world,”