Posted on May 20, 2020


Donkey hoof science and lameness resources compiled in new free-access HoofSearch interactive reference

HoofSearch, the index of equine foot research, has published an index of peer-reviewed articles and theses on donkey hoof science and lameness studies. The index is freely accessible to anyone interested in advances in donkey hoof health or improving the soundness-related welfare of working and companion donkeys.
Equine health professionals and caregivers, welfare charity and sanctuaries staff, researchers, and students now have a permanent, universally-accessible roadmap of donkey-specific lameness research. The index can be viewed on any WIFI-enabled computer or browser-equipped mobile device. Each listing in the index is live-linked to a matching original journal article or academic thesis.
“Charities are funding research and hosting conferences to promote the sharing of new information on donkey soundness and health in the developing world,” HoofSearch publisher Fran Jurga said. “But this information is also needed by university animal hospital staff and private practice veterinarians, technicians, nurses, and farriers everywhere.
“Many professionals see donkeys only occasionally, but when they do, the problem is often in the feet or lower limbs, or recovery from other medical problems is complicated by hoof neglect or lameness,” she continued. “We need more ‘donkey podiatrists’, as well as more resources for preventing donkey hoof problems.”
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