Working Equid Colloquium Scheduled for July 1-3

Working Equid Colloquium Scheduled for July 1-3

Organizers hope the event will connect the dots between improved welfare for working horses, donkeys, and mules and improved lives for the people who depend on them.

Photo: World Horse Welfare

The 7th International Colloquium on Working Equids 2014, hosted by World Horse Welfare, will take place July 1-3 at the University of London's Royal Holloway.

The event is designed to bring together real-life experience with scientific theory, and organizers hope it will connect the dots between improved welfare for working horses, donkeys, and mules and improved lives for the people who depend on them. The event will be hosted by World Horse Welfare and sponsored by SPANA (the Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad), the Donkey Sanctuary, The Brooke, and the World Society for the Protection of Animals.

Already, 150 delegates have accepted invitations, 27 countries will be represented, and 17 speakers will present on topics that will highlight specific issues related to working horses and their owners. Additionally, 76 poster displays will be available for viewing.

HRH The Princess Royal and HRH Princess Haya are expected to attend the colloquium and speak on the role that working horses play in human development.

World Horse Welfare Chief Executive Roly Owers said, “Working equids are too often invisible in communities and their key role ignored in too many livelihood systems. We aim to determine why this is so, what the reality of working equids’ contribution is and how we demonstrate it. We also intend to examine how much more these equids could contribute if their welfare improved and the role the veterinary profession can play, as well as what we can do now to encourage this change.”

Keynote speakers will explore three themes:

  • Researcher of veterinary science and animal welfare adviser Joy Pritchard, BVM&S, PhD, Cert. WEL , Dipl. ECAWBM(WSEL), MRCVS, will describe the role that working equids play in human livelihoods and how well this is recognized;
  • International human development expert Tom Morrison will explore whether a holistic approach to improving equine welfare produces better outcomes; and
  • Renowned equine veterinarian Derek Knottenbelt, OBE, BVM &S, DVM, Dipl. ECEIM, MRCVS, will explain the role of veterinary science.

After the previous two days’ theoretical discussions in London, attendees will travel to World Horse Welfare’s Glenda Spooner Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre in Somerset, England, to put the theory into practice. Here there will be seven interactive zones in which attendees can learn about topics including equine body condition, head and mouth comfort, foot care, disease, future research, and more. The sections will be run by saddlers, equine dentists, farriers, veterinarians, and horse rehabilitation and campaigning teams.

More information on the colloquium is available online

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