Workshop Aims to Reduce Disease Impact on Working Equids

Delegates will try to find ways to reduce impact of diseases on working equids.
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More than 100 million horses, donkeys, and mules labor daily in developing countries worldwide, many of them supplying crucial income to individuals, families, and entire communities. So when these animals get sick, they aren’t the only ones who suffer—their owners and business partners do, too. Next week 35 researchers, veterinarians, working animal welfare organization representatives, and other individuals—including The Horse’s editor—will convene in Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia, Nov. 18-22 at the First International Havemeyer Foundation Workshop on Infectious Diseases of Working Horses and Donkeys to find ways to reduce impact of diseases on this population of animals.

“Working equids contribute to food security, rural development, poverty alleviation, and gender equity,” noted workshop organizers in their introduction to participants. “However, working equids suffer particularly from prevalent infectious diseases, and diseases associated with poor management practices.”

Paul Lunn, BVSc, MS, PhD MRCVS, Dip. ACVIM, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University and member of the workshop’s organizing committee, added, “In addition to the clear welfare implications of infectious disease in this equine population, there are enormous socioeconomic implications of infectious disease in an equine population that provides for the financial security of much of the world’s population.

Through sharing of knowledge and experience, the organizers said they hope the group “can arrive at solutions to some of the problems that affect the health, welfare, and productivity of working equids

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