World Vets and Innovacyn Team Up to Help Working Donkeys

World Vets and Innovacyn Inc., makers of Vetericyn animal healthcare products, announced their collaboration on a pilot mission to help donkeys in Arusha, Tanzania. 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, wound treatment, and deworming, as well instruction on proper handling techniques and ongoing care.

While World Vets works in several areas of Tanzania, the June 21-29 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 1,000 donkeys during its time in Arusha, 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 Cathy King, DVM, founder and CEO of World Vets. "The most common health problems were infected wounds from carrying heavy loads on their backs. An estimated 50% 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."

"World Vets provides essential care to treat and improve the lives of both animals and people around the world," said Dave Mills, general manager of Innovacyn. "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 at worldvets.org/help-world-vets/donate/. In addition, World Vets is soliciting donations of pony-size halters (made from lightweight material) for the Arusha donkeys. Please visit worldvets.org/projects/arusha-tanzania/ for more information.

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