A WVS team has recently returned from Portugal after an intensive project to support the working equines within the Gypsy communities. These horses, mules and ponies would normally go without any veterinary care, so the work our team carried out has a massive impact on both the animals and owners alike.
Working with the charity ARK, the team were put to work attending to wounds, giving anti-parasite treatment and dental work to relieve pain from mouth ulcers and sharp teeth. The team also spoke to the owners regarding basic animal welfare and nutrition, as there is little or no vegetation for the horses, due to the heat in Portugal.
Over 50 horses, mules and ponies were treated and over £1,000 worth of veterinary aid was donated to ARK to use on future campaigns.
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