International charity Brooke showcased its vet mentoring scheme, which has helped train over 4,000 vets and animal health practitioners worldwide, at a recent equine vet conference.

At the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) Congress, Brooke promoted its Animal Health Mentoring Framework (AHMF): a list of essential skills required to provide good quality animal health services for animal health practitioners, including vets.

Brooke’s framework is used by vets across the charity’s countries of operation in Africa, Asia and Latin America, as well as universities and governments.

The Brooke team promoted their efforts to improve the lives of working equines and those who depend on them

Brooke’s Head of the International Centre of Excellence for Animal Health, Dr Laura Skippen, also gave a presentation on behalf of ICWE at the event, which discussed using human behaviour change to bring about sustainable improvements in working equid health and welfare. 

“Brooke’s evidence based approach is leading to owners and communities making changes to improve their animal’s lives, in the long term,” she said. “This is as relevant for animals in the UK as it is overseas and we’re very grateful to BEVA for the opportunity to highlight this approach.”

Dr Skippen speaking on behalf of ICWE at the BEVA Congress

Brooke attended as part of the International Coalition for Working Equids (ICWE), which consists of four leading NGOs in equid welfare: Brooke, SPANA (the Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad), The Donkey Sanctuary, and World Horse Welfare.

For the first time, all four ICWE members were present at the BEVA Congress, and will be working with the BEVA Trust to promote awareness of the welfare needs of working equids and responsible travel when visiting or volunteering overseas.

To find out more about Brooke’s work on animal health and welfare, visit

Lead image: A vet treating a horse in Ethiopia. Credit Bill Bradshaw

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