We provide on-site veterinary services daily between 9:00 a.m. and sunset. Our staff provides donkey hoof trimming, animal worming, and basic first aid services. For no cost, we perform minor surgeries and castrations. We use the same medications on all of our animals, whether they are on the farm or at a mobile veterinary clinic. All surgical procedures are done by licensed veterinarians, although simple first aid matters may be covered by farm staff who have been training with doctors as assistants for two to five years.
Mobile Veterinary Clinics
Every week, our mobile vet units set out from our farm to four stations in local villages within a 20-square kilometer treatment area. Each mobile vet clinic is comprised of at least one vet, several veterinarian students, volunteers, and a photographer. They may treat the animals of twenty to thirty or more families in just one morning. This means that we are often treating a number of animals for each family. Our clients are farmers, housewives raising poultry at home, and passersby such as carters in need of animal care.
Education is the most important aspect of our work. It is of little lasting value to treat the superficial wounds on an animal or the effects of malnutrition if we do not try to teach the farmers how to avoid them int the future. We rent classroom space from Al Sorat Farm, and the farm sponsors the Farriers' Week in the early spring when vets, farriers, animal owners and grooms are welcome to come to seminars to learn theoretical issues involved in trimming the feet of donkeys, horses, and mules as well as to have practical lessons illustrating these issues. We also teach the use of a forge for the making and altering of horseshoes.
Until our nonprofit registration has been completed, the farm has been sponsoring the medications for clinics and inpatients. We have an on-site classroom where veterinary groups conduct clinics and classes on animal care. Local vets are taught how to examine and handle large and small animals, which is something that is a bit difficult to learn in large city university classrooms.