The American Fondouk is one of a tiny number of clinics in the developing world offering free veterinary care to the donkeys, mules, and horses of the poor. We also have specialists’ lectures and education for staff, local veterinarians and para vets, as well as donkey owners and the local people.
There are an estimated 100 million of these beasts of burden in Africa and Asia, and only around 20 clinics to cover the needs of this huge population of animals. Our hospital is unique among these in having a team of full time equine veterinarians, as well as a full range of diagnostic laboratory and therapeutic equipment.
We believe that taking on the care of a working equid is accepting the responsibility for the owners’ livelihood and means of making a living. It is a huge responsibility and for this reason we feel that we need to provide the best diagnostic and therapeutic options even in this remote environment. That is why we have invested in an excellent examination area, surgical suite, a well-equipped laboratory, and up-to-date diagnostic imaging equipment.
We have a team of exceptionally qualified Moroccan veterinary and paraveterinary staff including technicians, and a full-time Farrier. We offer 24-hour, seven days a week care, every week of the year. We also offer emergency transport to pick up or deliver animals, which may require an ambulance to get them to the Fondouk.
Every day, the Fondouk provides necessary care for thousands of working animals each year. Many of these animals will require intensive care and treatment that the animal owners would not be able to afford on their own.
Our medical equipment and technology includes:
Digital X-ray machine, ultrasound, video endoscopy, video gastroscopy, I-STAT for blood gases, biochemistry, hematology, autoclave, horse weigh unit, ophthalmoscope, Farrier equipment and ambulance services.
We open our doors at 8 am. Mornings are for consultations and afternoons are for treatments and surgeries.
24-hour Emergency Service
We cover lameness diagnosis, colic and emergencies, dermatology, ophthalmology, routine surgeries and castration of mules, wound management, and pediatrics and dystocia management.