A SPANA Morocco vet using microscope

Our vets and education professionals are constantly seeking new and effective ways to improve veterinary care, reduce sickness and injury, and promote compassionate animal ownership. Around the world, SPANA teams work alongside universities and NGOs to deliver cutting edge research to improve the lives of working animals. This ensures that our veterinary programmes have the greatest impact possible and lead to long term improvements in animal welfare.

To achieve these aims, we work in partnership with universities, organisations and individuals all around the world, helping to build a wealth of knowledge that can be used by those looking to improve the lives of working animals.

We seek to underpin all our veterinary programmes with evidence-based approaches and utilise a number of different research methodologies, providing evidence to address specific problems encountered by our projects overseas.

Peer reviewed papers include:

  • A cluster-randomised controlled trial to compare the effectiveness of different knowledge-transfer interventions for rural working equid users in Ethiopia.
  • Pack wounds of donkeys and mules in the northern High Atlas and lowlands of Morocco.
  • Improving working donkey (Equus asinus) welfare and management in Mali, West Africa
  • A community-based participatory study investigating the epidemiology and effects of rabies to livestock owners in rural Ethiopia.