The source of potential professionals to bring change in any development sector is the university. In Ethiopia, livestock are one of the driving assets to the development of the national economy. However, livestock keeping is traditional small holder extensive farming. Animals are vulnerable to tropical diseases. About a third of the public universities in Ethiopia produce animal health professionals, each producing on average producing fifty veterinarians annually. It gave the Donkey Sanctuary a wider opportunity to mainstream best practices while supporting them in the practical training of undergraduates in animal welfare, equine medicine and husbandry. Besides, the charity supports research attachments of both national and international standards. Equine medicine was delivered as part of large animal medicine in AAU-CVMA, supported by The Donkey Sanctuary. Now after curriculum harmonization Equine medicine and animal welfare are delivered as a course in all veterinary colleges.
As they carry different loads and pull carts donkeys suffer from variety of injuries. Most of the wounds are caused by lack of appropriate harness, poor design or wrong use of such materials. In Ethiopia One in every three donkey has got back sores. These are caused as donkey owners put hot flour and other items on bare back of donkeys. Even when they use padding the design is not suited for the type of load and sometimes made of synthetic material and fitted on the wrong part of the body.