Donkey Medicine

Organizing institution
Utrecht University - Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Course code
Course fee (excl. housing)
€ 645.00

During this course, similarities and differences between donkeys and horses are addressed, as well as their consequences for clinical practice. Veterinarian practitioners, particularly equine practitioners, are consulted by donkey owners on a regular basis for the diagnosis and treatment of their donkey(s). Although donkeys resemble horses to a certain extent, quite some differences between these species are evident as well. In this course, the relevance of these differences for optimal diagnostic and treatment protocols for donkeys in veterinary practice will be discussed, as well as typical and/or species-specific diseases and abnormalities in donkeys (including the treatment options). 

Participants of the course will be provided with study materials and literature, which can be used to prepare for lectures, working groups or seminars. These interactive meetings are intended to optimally exchange information between the participants and the involved experts, leading to better insight in the concerning topics. Besides (guided) self-study and educational meetings, practical aspects will be part of the course as well, including behavior and animal handling, dentistry and hoofcare (by means of field trips).

A short overview of included topics:

- donkey behavior

- anatomy and physiology

- diagnostics, including clinical signs and blood parameters

- internal medicine, including metabolic disorders

- nutrition

- orthopedic problems, lameness and hoof disorders

- dentistry - pharmacology and pharmacotherapy (with emphasis on analgesics)

- anesthesiology (including field protocols)

- parasitology

- fertility and reproduction.

Download the day-to-day programme (PDF)

Course director

Dr. J.C. Vendrig

Target audience

Students with a Bachelor's degree in Veterinary Medicine interested in donkey medicine. Students with other (biomedical) Bachelor's degrees are welcome to submit their motivation as well.

Course aim

The course aims to provide insight and skills with regard to clinical practice in donkeys, particularly by comparing donkeys and horses. Relevant differences (and similarities) are translated into the practical consequences for among others diagnostic and treatment protocols. Moreover, typical and/or species-specific diseases and abnormalities in donkeys (including the treatment options) are addressed.

Study load

The course consists of lectures, assignments/case studies, working groups/seminars and practical sessions.


Course fee
€ 645.00
Housing fee
€ 350.00

Housing through Utrecht Summer School


For this course you are required to upload the following documents when applying:

  • Motivation Letter
  • C.V.

More information

Dr. J.C. (Dax) Vendrig, DVM, PhD, dipl. ECVPT | Utrecht University, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine | Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences | Veterinary Pharmacology, Pharmacotherapy and Toxicology | Yalelaan 104, Postbus 80152, 3584 CM Utrecht, The Netherlands (Jeanette Donker-Voet Building, room 1.042) | Tel 0031 30 253 1078 | E-mail J.C.Vendrig@uu.nl


Application deadline: 15 May 2019