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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 7.5 CEU pending approval
Location: Aventri Virtual Platform

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 full CE credit. Recording will be available for viewing after the event. If you have never attended a Zoom webinar before, test your computer or mobile device here.

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.

Schedule (updated September 8, 2021)

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

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8:00 am - 8:15 am

Welcome and Opening Remarks
Mark Meyers

Lais Costa


8:15 am - 9:35 am

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

Understanding Diets of Free-Roaming Donkey
Sara Jerele

9:35 am - 9:50 am Virtual Break: Short Film 1: Donkey from PVDR


9:50 am - 11:20 am


Rewilding Alternative Grazing
Fiona Cooke

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: Show the Documentary Film: Without a Voice, The Eradication of Australia's Wild Donkeys by PVDR

Digestion: How Digestion Impacts and is Impacted by Nutrition 

12:35 pm - 2:20 pm


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

Stomach: How Diet Affects and Heals Ulcers
Francesca Compostela

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 Compostela, Emanuela Vaile, & Federica Raspa

2:35 pm - 2:50 pm Virtual Break: Short Film 2: Donkey from PVDR

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

2:50 pm - 3:40 pm


Designer Diet including the "Elderly" Donkey
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: Donkey from PVDR

3:45 pm - 4:35 pm


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

4:40 pm - 5:30 pm Keynote Speaker: "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 - 9:45 am

Nutritional Management of the Hyperlipaemia
Andy Duhram

Endocrine Disorders of Donkeys and Link of Laminitis
Ramiro Toribio

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"

10:00 am - 11:10 pm


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

Supplements, Trace Minerals and Hoof Quality
Eric Davis

11:10 - 12:00 pm Round Table of Foot Care for Donkeys and Mules
Andy Duhram, Ramiro Toribio, Alex Thiemann, Tazmin Furtado, Eric Davis, & Amy Mclean

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Virtual Lunch Break (concurrent sessions): 
1. Show the Documentary Film: Without a Voice, The Eradication of Australia's Wild Donkeys by PVDR
2. Open Forum on Donkey Welfare Concerns

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

1:00 pm - 1:40 pm


The Fat/Overweight Donkey
Alex Thiemann

Enrichment Activities for Donkeys
Ben Hart

Why should I bother having my donkey's teeth "done" if my donkey is too fat?
Joao Rodrigues

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.
  • Aventri Virtual Platform Preferred Browser Information
  • 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.
    Make sure you have the latest Google Chrome version
    Make sure you allow access to sound on Google Chrome for Aventri's Virtual Platform.
    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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