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Infectious Diseases of Working Horses and Donkeys – a Havemeyer Foundation Workshop

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
November 18 - 22, 2013

This workshop will focus on strategies for improving control of infectious diseases of working horses and donkeys throughout the world, but with a focus on Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. In addition to the clear welfare implications of infectious disease in these animals, there are enormous socio-economic implications of infectious disease in an equine population that provides for the financial security of much of the world’s population.

The 3 day meeting will be held in Addis Ababa at a hotel-conference Center. One of these days will be spent in nearby Debre Zeit, visiting clinics serving working horse and donkeypopulations and run by charities such as SPANA and the Donkey Sanctuary, in collaboration with the Veterinary Faculty of the University of Addis Ababa, and the National Veterinary Institute.

Attendance will be by invitation, with the goal of bringing together regional and western scientists, the major NGO’s working the area, and key stakeholders in the global animal health community. Additional invitees will include organizations with a focus on regional socio-economic development, with a view to explaining the human impact of improving the health of these working animals.

Key components of the program will include:


Registration is by invitation only


ILRI Ethiopia campus Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


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Tentative Schedule


November 18, 2013

Arrival Day: fly into Addis, travel to hotel, reception that night.


November 19, 2013

Meeting Day 1: Presentations and workshops at  ILRI Addis campus


November 20, 2013

Meeting Day 2: Delegates travel by bus to visit SPANA, Donkey Sanctuary clinics in Debre Zeit, then town markets to see animals at work. Lunch locally. Afternoon tours of Veterinary Faculty and National Veterinary Institute (NVI: adjacent very large vaccine production facility & Panvac Center), followed by 1-2 hours of workshops at NVI.


November 21, 2013

Meeting Day 3: Presentations and workshops at ILRI Addis campus


November 22, 2013

Departure Day: delegates to airport.


Organizing Committee:

Dr. Paul Lunn, Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

Dr. Andrew Stringer, Director of Veterinary Programmes, Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad

Dr. Peter Timoney, Dept. of Veterinary Science, Gluck Equine Research Center, Lexington, KY,

Dr. David Jones, Director, North Carolina Zoo, NC.

Dr. Chris Brown, Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Dr. Stephen Blakeway, Director of International Operations The Donkey Sanctuary, Essex, United Kingdom

Contact Information

Phone: 919.513.6421
Fax: 919.513.6689
1060 William Moore Drive
Raleigh, NC 27607
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