My typical day…
The team and I arrive at a town’s weekly souk (market) by 8.00am when most of the animal owners are present. We treat a whole range of illnesses and injuries, recommending hospitalisation if the cases are serious.
Afterwards, we drive in the mobile clinic to a mountainous area where lots of people depend on their working animals. We use the megaphone to let people know that SPANA is providing free treatment and the owners soon come with their animals. We go to each location roughly once every three months to provide stability and to reinforce the advice we give to the owners. It can get quite intense, especially if there are lots of cases to treat and it’s a scorching summer’s day. Temperatures can easily reach 35°C and it can be tough work when treating big animals like horses and mules!
We arrive back at the SPANA centre at 2.00pm when I have lunch. I know it’s late, but I’m used to it. I eat things like spaghetti, bread and cheese, or harissa, which is a delicious Tunisian chilli pepper paste.
The animals need feeding again in the afternoon, at the hottest part of the day, I take a nap. If some animals arrive at the centre in the afternoon, then we treat them.