The proposed Equine Hospital will cover 81 square meters and will consist of a sterile treatment and surgical room, a holding stable, recovery stable and a clean room for the vet to shower and change. See the artist’s impression – there’s small version below and a larger image on the main Equine Hospital Appeal page.
Planning Permission has now been granted and a fundraising campaign for the construction and fitting out of this facility has been launched.
The site of the Equine Hospital will be next to the donkey mares accommodation at a location that is in dire need of development (see the photos below). The external construction of this proposed veterinary treatment centre would be the same steel frame and cladding as the donkey stables, with brick work inside. The floors and walls of the treatment room and stables would be rubberized for comfort and hygiene. Recovering donkeys will be in a quiet, safe environment while not being too far from their donkey friends.
What does this area of the premises look like now ?
At the moment (September 2014) the location designated for the new equine hospital in which vets will be able to treat, including operating on, donkeys safely and hygienically, needs considerable work to clear and prepare the site.
As shown in the photograph , this area is not currently in use by the donkeys. It has been used as a general outdoor storage area in which various materials have accumulated over time. This land will be of much greater benefit to the donkeys at the sanctuary when it is available for on-site veterinary care.
External appearance of the proposed treatment centre
The basic construction of Island Farm Donkey Sanctuary’s Equine Hospital Facility will be similar to that of the existing donkey stables.
This picture shows an end view of one of the present stable blocks whose external appearance is similar to that of the proposed new Equine Hospital. The additional of another unit in the same style will enhance the overall visual impact of the site as well as providing an important new facility for the benefit of the donkeys in our care.