Many of the injuries we see each could be prevented with an understanding of basic animal care. At SPANA, we’re working to make sure that wherever we treat, we also train.
By building skills and knowledge within communities, we’re helping to improve animal welfare in a sustainable way, preventing injuries and promoting compassion.
Meanwhile, by distributing comfortable tack, and by training local artisans to produce appropriate alternatives, we’re working hard also getting to the root cause of common problems.
Sharing skills: professional training
Our vets provide vital treatments to hundreds of thousands of animals each year – but millions more still need our help. That’s why we also deliver professional training that improves skills in developing countries around the world, supporting local vets, vet students, farriers and technicians.
We’re working with teachers too, sharing the techniques and knowledge they need to deliver effective humane education that can transform the communities in which animals work.
Many animals still suffer from preventable illnesses and injuries caused by poor nutrition and ill-fitting equipment. SPANA works directly with local food suppliers, harness makers, farriers and others, meaning we can drive improvements in animal welfare that last.
WORKING WITH ANIMAL OWNERS
SPANA’s community training teams runs workshops with owners to improve knowledge of good animal welfare practices. These courses help owners understand the impact of overloading, overworking, poor nutrition and other avoidable problems. They help put an end to harmful traditional practices such as nostril slitting and firing, which cause so much unnecessary pain and suffering.
Owners also learn how better welfare standards can improve productivity, resulting in economic gain. They use workshops to identify opportunities to work together for mutual benefit, such as creating a cooperatives to bulk-buy high quality feed.