Anaesthetising donkeys and mules in Morocco… now that could be interesting, I thought! Perhaps a little different to the veterinary work I have been used to in the UK, but I was excited to get stuck in, and sure enough, I did!
The surgery course ran over three days and held in our busy Marrakech centre. Our vets from all the Moroccan SPANA centres attended. We provided lectures on anaesthesia, surgical equipment and surgical techniques in the mornings, and ran practical surgery sessions in the afternoons.
Dr Boubker, one of our vets from the Marrakech SPANA centre, had certainly gathered some interesting and challenging cases for us, such as sarcoids, tumours, infected joints and limb deformities.
The anaesthetics were challenging, but I was impressed with what we were able to achieve with a fairly limited range of drugs. I certainly learnt a few tricks of the art of anaesthetising mules from the local vets!