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Eric Davis Veterinarian, MS DACVS DACVIM

Eric  graduated  from the  University  of  California  School  of Veterinary  Medicine  in 1977.  He  worked  as  a  farrier  prior to    his  veterinary  training   and  has   experience  in  private practice, veterinary academia (faculty University of Tennessee, staff   veterinarian   at   Iowa   State   University   and  Purdue University), specialty  practice,  and  veterinary  aid  programs. He  is  a  Diplomate  of  the  American  College  of   Veterinary Surgeons  and  the  American  College  of  Veterinary  Internal 
Medicine (LA). While  a  faculty  member  at  the  University  of Tennessee, in 1996, 

Eric started Remote Area Medical Veterinary Services, to provide veterinary care in underserved rural communities in the USA and abroad. These have included Indian Reservations and remote communities in 12 states in the USA. Internationally, he has run or participated in projects in Mexico, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Egypt, and Sri Lanka.  

Currently, Eric is an associate veterinarian with the International Animal Welfare Training Institute, at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, working directly with students and concentrating on world equine health and welfare problems.  

Ben Hart 
Equine Trainer

Ben is one of the UK's leading equine trainers, with a background in agriculture and a family history working with heavy horses. Ben has worked with horses, mules and donkeys all over the world: from mustangs and racehorses in California, stock horses in Australia, and working equines in Cambodia and Ethiopia. His approach utilizes the science of equine behavior rather than a single training method. This combined with his ability to work with human behavior and his delivery of training is unique, ensuring an outstanding training experience that is enjoyable and life changing.

Ramiro E. Toribio, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVIM
College of Veterinary Medicine
The Ohio State University
601 Vernon Tharp Street
Columbus, Ohio 43210
Clinical Expertise:
Equine internal medicine / endocrine and metabolic disorders / neonatology
Equine neonatal sepsis / endocrine dysregulation in sick foals
Equine endocrinology – Calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus regulation / Energy disorders
Comparative skeletal biology – Development of animal models (transgenics)
Research collaborations with various institutions in the US, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Chile, England, Egypt, Germany, Panama, and Spain
Training experience:
Dr. Toribio has trained veterinarians, interns, residents, graduate students (MS, PhD), and post-doctoral fellows from North America, Europe, Asia, Middle East, Africa, Australia, and Latin America.
> 100 scientific publications; 2 books; >60 book chapters; >160 abstracts; 32 cloned/annotated genes 7 transgenic models; 3 inventions; 2 applications (iPhone / Android).
Member of graduate programs in the US, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Egypt, Spain, and Australia.

Speaking on drug toxicity in donkeys and the pharmacology of NSAIDs and antibiotics in donkeys and how they differ from horses.  

Francisco Javier Navas González DVM PhD currently works at the Department of Genetics, University of Cordoba (Spain) in the area of quantitative genetics and biostatistics. His main interests are behavioural and cognition genetics, quantitative genetics of functional traits and biostatistics. Current projects:
'The Worldwide Donkey Breeds Project'. A Project aimed at connecting all the entities and researchers working with donkeys worldwide.
Editor in Chief of Archivos de Zootecnica
Speaking on the origin and diversity of donkey breeds, and analysis of donkey genetics at the Donkey Welfare Symposium 2019.
Francisco Javier Navas González, DVM MSc

Ross Keller

Ross is a farrier and trainer based in Parker Colorado. Ross’ practice is focused on the care of donkeys and mules. Ross has developed protocols and practices specifically tailored to the unique needs of the donkey and mule hoof.  Having no prior equine experience, in 2000 Ross received the gift of his first donkey. That event started him down the path towards becoming an expert in the behavioral characteristics of these unique equines and ultimately to the development of an extensive practice in providing long ears-specific hoof care.  In 2012 Ross passed the Equine Lameness Prevention Organization exam to become a Certified Barefoot Trimmer. In 2016 earned his Farrier certification from the E.L.P.O. Ross is currently an instructor with the E.L.P.O specializing in the unique characteristic of the donkey hoof.  In 2015 Ross gave presentations on donkey behavior and training, and donkey hoof care at the Donkey Welfare Symposium held at University of California, Davis.

We would like to thank the UC Davis Office of Global Affairs, the Glide Foundation, Eagle Eye Sanctuary, and Peaceful Valley Donkey Sanctuary for their generous support of both the and 2019 program!
Dr. Cynthia Xue, DVM is a third-year Large Animal Internal Medicine Resident at the University of Georgia. Following graduation from Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, she completed a one-year rotating internship at Cornell Ruffian Equine Specialists. Currently, she is finishing a research project on the pharmacokinetics of pergolide in donkeys. Post-residency, Dr. Xue aims to use her specialty training to further the field of donkey medicine and improve the lives of working donkeys around the world.
Kayla Johnson
Donkey Welfare and Education Manager, The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada (DSC)
With over 7 years of experience in the field of animal care, Kayla has proven success in large animal training as well as outreach & education. Her affinity with equines has been a lifelong passion; learning to ride and groom horses as a child, post secondary studies at the University of Guelph and DSC’s lead trainer. As Donkey Welfare and Education Manager, Kayla’s goal is to help those involved in the equine industry to better understand the unique behaviours and needs of donkeys, mules and hinnies.

Erin Goodrich is a 2008 graduate of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell. She is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine. She has practiced veterinary medicine in two mixed animal clinics in upstate NY. During that time she provided emergency surgery and routine veterinary care to a variety of species including cattle, horses, donkeys, some small ruminants, and dogs and cats with the majority of her time being allotted to dairy production medicine. She then joined Cornell’s Animal Health Diagnostic Center in December of 2013 as a member of the Veterinary Support Services team. In this capacity, she works to provide diagnostic support to veterinarians in their daily encounters with disease outbreaks, control, and surveillance. She also provides educational outreach to practicing veterinarians in a variety of forms. She enjoys collaborative research focused on infectious disease and diagnostics and she teaches courses in the veterinary curriculum to third and fourth year students about diagnostics as well as veterinary care and management of the donkey-- her favorite species. 
Fulvio Laus DVM PhD
Veterinary Teaching Hospital
School of Biosciences and Veterinary Medicine
University of Camerino, Italy

Speaking on Vitamin E and Selenium in donkey nutrition and internal parasite control in donkeys

A graduate in Veterinary Medicine with Honours from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Camerino, he has also worked at: 
The Klinik fur Pferde, Tierarztliche Hochschule, Hanover (Germany) participating in Internal Medicine and Veterinary Imaging activities in horses
Beaufort Cottage Equine Hospital, Newmarket (UK) for improvement of his knowledge in the field of Equine Sport Medicine.
His current duties at the University of Camerino, include:
Coordinator of the curriculum “One Health” in the doctoral course named “Life and Health Sciences” 
Accredited Veterinarian for the Italian Federation of Equestrian Sports (FISE) to partecipate as to the National competition.
Scientific advisor of Camerino University for “Continuing Education in Medicine”. He is the 
President of the “Committee for animal welfare”, Camerino University
Chief of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Large animal Department. 

Shaaban Fayez Farhat Mahmoud was born in Cairo, Egypt. He qualified as vet in 2001 and received his Master’s in Equine Surgery in 2018. He worked in mixed practice before joining The Egyptian Society for the Protection and Welfare of Working Animal (ESPWWA) as Team Leader. In 2012, he was promoted to Program Development Manager with responsibility for managing ESPWWA’s equine veterinary team, training vet students, vets and other relevant stakeholders. He is an expert in equine veterinary medicine and welfare of working donkeys and mules. He is coauthor of Africa and Her Animals, and has been a speaker at many international conferences. Recently, he has been involved in the AU-IBAR African Platform for Animal Welfare (APAW), and the Animal Welfare Strategy for Africa (AWSA). Recently He Participated on the Regional Seminar for OIE National Focal points for Animal Welfare, Lesotho 2018, and he was speaker on The Donkey Welfare Symposium, Davis, California 2018.