Research at the Centre for Tropical Veterinary Medicine 

Draught Animal Power Training and Extension

Training objectives

        To teach veterinarians, animal scientists, extension workers, or trainers-of-trainers how to recognise the problems associated with the use of draught animal power in rural and urban areas.

        To provide the participants on the training courses with the skills needed to identify ways in which they can overcome problems, working together with animal owners and users to improve management, health and welfare of working animals.



Short courses from one day to four weeks depending on the requirements can be organised in country.  They can cover all aspects of the use and management of working animals, including both ruminants and equines.  Courses are tailor made to meet requirements of collaborators and participants.  Some examples of the types of courses organised by CTVM,  in collaboration with others are:



1.      Four-week courses on draught animal technology run in the past in collaboration with the Department of Veterinary Tropical Diseases, Faculty of Veterinary Science University of Pretoria and  the DRSS Matopos Research Station, Zimbabwe.


2.   Two-week courses for scientists wanting to learn the techniques involved in research on all aspects of draught animal


3.   Course modules for post graduate students in sustainable rural development needing to know the theory and practice of draught animal power.


4.   One/two week courses for extension workers wanting to teach farmers the basics of training, using and looking after draught animals.


5.   Three to four day courses for veterinarians or extension workers wanting to learn more about the causes and prevention of harness injuries or meeting nutritional needs of work animals.


6.   One to three day courses to help those in development improve their training techniques and communicate with working animal owners.


7.   One-day workshops and farmer days to help owners understand the basic principles of draught animal feeding and care.



Course enquiries should be sent to :