The Donkey Sanctuary is celebrating the fifth anniversary of its state-of-the-art donkey hospital.

Since 2017, the hospital at the organisation’s Brookfield Farm near Honiton, has treated over 1,500 donkeys, both inside and outside the charity, and has provided training to veterinary surgeons and students.

To celebrate the anniversary, Sanctuary From Your Sofa will return for a special live broadcast from the hospital on Saturday (29 October), which will be available to watch via the charity’s website.

Viewers will be taken on a virtual tour of the hospital and will hear from veterinarians about the work they do there and will also have the opportunity to meet some of the hospital’s in-patients.

The hour-long broadcast will also feature The Donkey Sanctuary’s Ambassador Peter Wright. The star of Channel 5’s The Yorkshire Vet will be live in the studio to answer questions, and viewers will be able to watch a pre-recorded film of Peter helping veterinary surgeon Vicky Grove during a routine operation on a resident donkey.

Peter Wright and Donkey Sanctuary staff and donkeys, pre-op

“It is an absolute pleasure to be here in Devon to mark the five-year anniversary of The Donkey Sanctuary’s donkey hospital,” said Peter Wright. “Since it opened in 2017, more than 1,500 donkeys and their companions
have passed through the doors of this remarkable facility.

“What always impresses me is the care, knowledge and the warmth of the staff here at The Donkey Sanctuary. I feel so privileged that through my role as ambassador I get to work some fantastic people, including carrying out operations alongside vets like Vicky, who I know put everything into their work.

“What I find really thrilling is that this hospital, with its capacity to offer world-class treatment and training, is just one part of the charity’s work to ensure the donkeys in their care, and across the world, have a much better future,”

Sanctuary From Your Sofa at Brookfield donkey hospital with be broadcast between 3pm and 4pm on Saturday 29 October. To find out more, click here.

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