Donkey Sanctuary founder recognised by veterinary organisation

The founder of the Donkey Sanctuary was recognized by the veterinary organization BEVA.

Dr. Elisabeth Svendsen, who founded the animal shelter in 1969, was named as one of 60 faces who have inspired, developed and advanced the veterinary profession over the past 60 years.

Since the sanctuary’s inception, it has grown from a charity that saves British donkeys from neglect and abuse to an international charity.

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The work the Donkey Sanctuary does is helping to change the lives of millions of donkeys and mules, and those who depend on them for a living.

To celebrate its 60th anniversary, BEVA launched its 60 faces campaign that highlighted 60 people who had great success in the veterinary industry over the past six decades.

Although hundreds of BEVA members were nominated, the trustees made their final decision on the top 60 people who made the profession, including Dr. Svendsen.

Dr. Elisabeth Svendsen surrounded by hours

In 1981, Dr. Svendsen received an MBE for her contributions to donkeys and mules and an honorary doctorate in veterinary medicine and surgery in 1992.

She sadly passed away in 2011 at the age of 81, but her legacy continues through the work of staff and volunteers at what is now the world’s largest horse charity, which has taken care of 20,000 donkeys.

The Senior Veterinary Surgeon at The Donkey Sanctuary, Alex Thiemann, said, “Dr. S. and her work have been a great personal inspiration to me and countless other vets who love donkeys.

She continued, “The breadth and depth of her vision are now inspiring a global charity at the forefront of equine welfare. I had the privilege of knowing them and enjoying their company.

“She had a great sense of humor and a tremendous work ethic, and she made sure Donkeys always finished first, second, and third.

The Donkey Sanctuary is a global leader in animal welfare, research, and veterinary medicine.

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David Mountford, CEO of BEVA, said: “It was incredibly difficult to choose 60 people from all the worthy candidates we received.

“Dr. Svendsen had a great influence on the life of donkeys all over the world and thus on the profession of equine veterinarian. “

To learn more about The Donkey Sanctuary and their journey, visit their website here.

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