2021 Donkey Welfare Symposium

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2021 Donkey Welfare Symposium


Date: Saturday & Sunday, November 13 - 14, 2021
Time: Saturday, November 13, 2021 | 8:00 am - 5:30 pm (PST)
           Sunday, November 14, 2021 | 8:00 am - 2:00 pm (PST)
CE Credit: Up to 8 CEU APPROVED
Location: Aventri Virtual Platform

LIVE WEBINAR: The webinar will be live (PST) and interactive via Aventri Virtual Platform. The live sessions will be available as a recording to all registered attendees. If you do not attend the live virtual webinar, you will not be able to receive CE credit. 

UC Davis SVM Employees and Students: Special pricing available. Select SVM Employee or SVM student when registering.


REGISTRATION DEADLINE: November 10, 2021 at 4:00 pm
Registration before October 30, 2021
Registration October 30, 2021 and later
Veterinarian  $100.00 $150.00
Veterinary Technician $90.00 $140.00
Donkey Enthusiast (No CE credit) $75.00 $125.00


The Donkey Welfare Symposium is brought to you in Collaboration with Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue. Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue strives to provide solutions to the many problems that plague these wonderful creatures by providing ethical stewardship over the funds that are necessary to fulfill this goal. 

Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue

Due to the global situation with COVID-19, the Symposium will be virtual live and interactive (Pacific Standard Time); it will count for CE credit. Recording will be available for viewing after the event. 

The theme of the 9th Annual Donkey Welfare Symposium is "Donkey Nutrition and Dysnutrition" seeking insights into the health and wellbeing of donkeys and mules as they relate to nutrition best practices.  The conference will feature speakers with a wide range of expertise to highlight the implications and prevention of dysnutrition of donkeys and mules.  The conference is aimed at a mixed audience including donkey and mule enthusiasts, professionals working with donkeys and mules such as veterinarians and members of sanctuaries and rescue organizations, and also the general public who want to know more about donkeys and mules.

During the lunchtime on Sunday, November 14, 2021, there will be an Open Forum on Donkey Welfare Concerns. 

This is an activity added as an option for lunchtime on Sunday November 14th.

Those who would like to submit a topic, please follow the instructions below.

Submission of topics:

  1. The topic title 
  2. The name and affiliation of the presenter
  3. A paragraph (maximum of 200 words) with the description of the topic.

A person may submit more than one topic. As there might be several topics submitted, we will choose a certain number to ensure we stay on time for the afternoon sessions. 

Deadline to submit topics are November 8, 2021. If your topic gets chosen, will be notified by November 10th. The presentations should be short and cover what was in the paragraph submitted. The presentation of the topic will be timed and then open to discussion. All submissions can be submitted to svmcontinuinged@ucdavis.edu. 

Schedule (updated November 24, 2021)

Saturday, November 13, 2021
8:00 am - 5:30 pm (PST)

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8:00 am - 8:15 am

Acknowledgement & Welcome
Lais Costa & Michael Ziccardi

Opening Remarks
Mark Meyers


8:15 am - 9:00 am

Vitamin E/Se Deficiency and Toxicity Issues in Donkeys
Erin Goodrich

9:00 am - 9:35 am

Understanding Diets of Free-Roaming Donkey
Sara Jerele

9:35 am - 9:50 am Virtual Break: Short Film 1: About the Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue


(For the following 2 Nutrition lectures and Panel Discussion)


9:50 am - 10:35 am

Rewilding Alternative Grazing
Fiona Cooke


10:35 am - 11:20 am

Building a good donkey diet - Food Pyramid for Donkeys
Clair Thunes 
11:20 am - 11:35 am 

Panel Discussion with All Nutrition Speakers
Erin Goodrich, Sara Jerele, Fiona Cooke, & Clair Thunes 

11:35 am - 12:35 pm

Virtual Lunch Break: Documentary Film: Without a Voice, The Eradication of Australia's Wild Donkeys by PVDR

Digestion: How Digestion Impacts and is Impacted by Nutrition 

(For the following 3 Digestion lectures and Panel Discussion)


12:35 pm - 1:10 pm

Digestion starts at the Mouth: Oral and Dental Care
Joao Rodrigues

1:10 pm - 1:45 pm Stomach: How Diet Affects and Heals Ulcers
Francesca Compostella

1:45 pm - 2:20 pm

Diet and the Effects on Hindgut Fermentation: Cecum & Colon
Emanuela Valle & Federica Raspa
2:20 pm - 2:35 pm

Panel Discussion with All Digestion Speakers
Joao Rodrigues, Francesca Compostella, Emanuela Vaile, & Federica Raspa

2:35 pm - 2:50 pm Virtual Break: Short Film 2: A Day in the Life of New Arrivals

Concurrent Interactive Sessions
(participants will be able to attend their top choice or next available choice)

(For all the interactive sessions accept for What about Mules? They have long ears too – Amy McLean)


2:50 pm - 3:40 pm

Ear rubs and carrots: Cindy Davis answers donkey questions including the care of geriatric donkeys
Cindy Davis

Nutritional Care for Donkey and Mule Foals 
Gary Magdesian

What about Mules? They have long ears too 
Amy McLean

My donkey is shaggy and less active, how should I fee him?
Emily Berryhill

Safe Weight Loss: Preventing Hyperlipemia
Clair Thunes

3:40 pm - 3:45 pm  Virtual Break: Short Film 3: The Donkey Sanctuary

3:45 pm - 4:35 pm


News Hour: Donkeys and Mules in the World
Derek Knottenbelt, Eric Davis, and Joao Rodrigues 

Keynote Session


4:40 pm - 5:30 pm "Hard to Digest Donkey Welfare Issues"
Eric Davis

Sunday, November 14, 2021
8:00 am - 2:00 pm (PST)

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Implications and Management of Nutrition and "Dysnutrition"  

8:00 am - 8:35 am

Nutritional Support of the Hyperlipaemic Donkey
Alex Thiemann

8:35 am - 9:10 am Endocrine Disorders of Donkeys and Link of Laminitis
Ramiro Toribio
9:10 am - 9:45 am Managing the Laminitic Donkey
Alex Thiemann
9:45 am - 10:00 am Virtual Break: Short Film 4: Donkey from PVDR

Implications and Management of Nutrition and "Dysnutrition"

(For the following 2 Implications and Management of Nutrition and “Dysnutrition” lectures and Panel Discussion)


10:00 am - 10:35 am

How can we address the donkey's weight and help owners get it right?
Tamzin Furtado

10:35 am - 11:10 pm


Supplements, Trace Minerals and Hoof Quality
Eric Davis
11:10 - 12:00 pm Round Table of Foot Care for Donkeys and Mules
Ramiro Toribio, Alex Thiemann, Tamzin Furtado, Eric Davis, & Amy McLean

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Virtual Lunch Break: Documentary Film: Without a Voice, The Eradication of Australia's Wild Donkeys by PVDR

Concurrent Interactive Session
(participants will be able to attend their top choice or next available choice)

(For both interactive sessions)


1:00 pm - 1:40 pm


Why should I bother about dental care if my donkey is too fat?
Alex Thiemann & Joao Rodrigues

Enrichment Activities for Donkeys
Ben Hart

Participants will rejoin the main Zoom Webinar

1:40 pm - 2:00 pm Closing Remarks
Mark Meyers

Program Information

  • CE Certificates
  • Attendance is recorded through the Aventri Virtual Platform when you login to the virtual lobby and join a session.
    Webinar links will be provided by email approximately 2 weeks before the event to registered attendees.
    Participants are responsible for determining if specific programs are accepted for CE credit by their State Licensing Board.
    CE Certificates will be sent out to those who attended the live webinar approximately 2 weeks after the event. 
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  • You can watch the event on your computer.
    We recommend attendees to use Google Chrome as it is the preferred the Browser to use when logging into the Virtual Platform.
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    If you are using a different Browser other than Google Chrome, make sure your Browser's version is up to date and allow access to sound for Aventri's Virtual Platform. 
  • Aventri Virtual Platform Log In Information
  • You will receive an additional email, about 2 weeks prior to the event date, with information on how to log in on the day of the event.
    You will enter the virtual platform by signing in with the email address you registered with and your last name.
  • Cancellation Policy
  • A refund will be made, less a $30.00 processing fee, if the cancellation request is received 2 weeks before the program start date, otherwise, a refund will be made, less a $75.00 processing fee.
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