Where we work

Across our eight core countries, SPANA funds a permanent network of veterinary centres and mobile clinics, providing free veterinary care to working animals in need.

Without our vets, most of the working animals we reach would have no access to even basic care. So many animals around the world continue to suffer needless pain, endure ill health and die prematurely. Our teams get help to almost 200,000 working animals every year.

Read more about our core countries below.

In addition to our permanent programmes, SPANA works with partners worldwide to provide outreach grants and deliver emergency help for animals caught up in drought, conflict and natural disaster. Find out more about our outreach and emergency programmes. 


Vet treating horse in EthiopiaEthiopia is a country with over 2.5 million horses. There are struggles with both poverty and severe climatic events.

SPANA has one very busy veterinary clinic in Debre Zeit and two mobile clinics, treating over 11,000 animals each year. We also have three classrooms and an education centre. Teachers give lessons on animal welfare to around 2,050 children a year.

The main problems we treat are wounds, lameness, respiratory disease and a terrible fungal infection called EZL.

Click here to read our full Ethiopia country profile. 


Vets treating donkeys in MauritaniaMauritania is one of the poorest countries in West Africa and its landscape is mostly desert. This is hard on working animals, which have to carry heavy loads for hours in the intense heat and choking dust.

SPANA has two veterinary centres and one mobile clinic, and combined they treat around 80,000 animals annually. We also provide education in the form of a teacher that travels with the mobile clinic.

SPANA’s centre in Mauritania opened in 2001 and the huge demand for our services ever since shows just how much it was desperately needed.

Click here to read the Mauritania country profile.


Man riding horse in Tunisian desertSPANA has been working in Tunisia since 1925 and our three veterinary centres and three mobile clinics treat around 23,000 working animals each year.

Alongside our three veterinary centres SPANA operates three mobile clinics, treating 23,000 animals each year. We also have an interactive education bus to teach the next generation of animal owners about proper animal welfare.

Almost all of the working animals we treat, including many camels, are in rural areas well away from tourist towns. The infrastructure is poor and animals are often the only means of transport.

SPANA’s ‘hands-on’ education exhibition has been installed in a specially adapted bus which tours the country. The interactive exhibition focuses on animals and their place in the local environment and reaches tens of thousands of children each year.

Click here to read the full Tunisia country profile.


Vet treating camel in JordanSPANA runs one veterinary centre and two mobile clinics in Jordan, reaching 25,000 animals each year. We also have one education centre focussed on teaching future animal owners about proper welfare.

SPANA's two mobile clinics travel to villages every day, covering thousands of kilometers every year to reach the many working animals living in rural areas, ploughing fields and transporting goods. Animals in need of more specialised care or hospitalisation are brought to our centre.

SPANA’s education centre hosts a series of Animal Clubs which help children understand the important role animals play in their lives.

Read our full Jordan country profile.


Donkey foal in MoroccoSPANA has been working in Morocco since 1925. We do more for working animals here than anywhere else, treating more than 115,000 animals each year and teaching almost 28,000 children yearly through our education centres.

SPANA also operates a number of mobile clinics which reach working animals in remote communities from the edges of the Sahara to the heights of the Atlas Mountains.

In addition, we have several other special projects. For example, in Marrakech, we run a free health check up scheme for the city’s 300 Caleche horses. We have also built nine water troughs on main routes so the horses have easy access to water as they pull tourist carriages around the city. This simple idea has made a huge difference to the welfare of these beautiful and iconic horses.

SPANA runs an extensive education programme in Morocco. Where there is a classroom there is often a garden with a pond. In the classroom vets teach the children about animal welfare and the environment. 

Click here to read our full Morocco country profile.


Donkeys eating in MaliSPANA has been working in Mali since 1996, making a huge difference to the lives of thousands of working animals.

We work out of a dedicated centre in Bamako, Mali’s capital city and also run a mobile clinic to reach almost 30,000 animals a year, with almost 2,000 children benefitting from animal welfare lessons.

The SPANA mobile clinic travels to isolated communities that depend on SPANA for their animals' welfare. Recently our country director, Dr Amadou, trained 113 teachers to give animal welfare lessons, using books and other informative materials produced by SPANA. Children were so desperate to take part in the lessons that many of them shared books. 

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to read the Mali country profile.


Owners with donkeys in ZimbabweAs the economic situation in Zimbabwe deteriorated, poorer rural communities became increasingly reliant on donkeys for trade and transport. Few vets are now working in the country: if an animal becomes injured or falls sick their owner may be may struggle to find trained veterinary workers to treat them.

SPANA launched Zimbabwe as a new core country in 2013, and beforehand worked with two partner organisations to deliver programmes to improve the welfare of Zimbabwe’s working donkeys. To date, we have treated more than 28,000 cases in the country.

Some of the common problems seen in Zimbabwe include harness wounds and eye problems. Our mobile clinic provides routine de-worming, dipping (to protect against tsetse fly borne diseases, ticks and mange), rabies vaccination, teeth rasping, and feet trimming.

We also work with the AWARE Trust to educate donkey owners and gives talks at the local schools.

Click here to read our Zimbabwe country profile.


SPANA launched Botswana as a core country in November 2015. Our two-person veterinary team is based in Greater Maun, in the north of the country.

Greater Maun is a vast area, where thousands of donkeys are used for arduous work like ploughing and pulling heavy carts. Sadly, there is a widespread lack of concern for their welfare.

The few local vets in the region are also unaffordable and often lack the necessary equine expertise the animals need.

Our team have recently established a temporary office and are running a mobile veterinary clinic three times a week, clocking up hundreds of kilometres to bring relief to donkeys in remote rural villages. So far we have treated almost 300 animals in the region.

Read our full Botswana country profile.


Located in South East Asia, Myanmar is SPANA’s newest permanent country. We are working in rural areas to provide veterinary care for working animals, especially oxen, which are heavily depended upon by communities to pull ploughs and transport produce.

A man takes his working elephant to the river for a drink in Myanmar.We are also expanding our work to improve the welfare of a new species of animal for the charity – the 6,000 Asian elephants that are used in Myanmar’s logging industry.

SPANA runs one mobile clinic in Myanmar, which visits 30 villages and is expected to provide more than 6,000 treatments to working animals a year. We are also providing training to more than 200 veterinary students through our Clinical Skills Centre and mobile clinic.

Click here to read the Myanmar country profile.