Joao qualified at the University of Tras-os-Montes and Alto Douro (2007), was classified as an Expert in Veterinary Dentistry and Maxillofacial Surgery by the Complutense University of Madrid (2011), and obtained a Ph.D. focusing on research in the field of donkey dentistry (2013). He was appointed as Professor of Medicine and Surgery of Equids in Portugal in 2013 and joined The Donkey Sanctuary in 2016.
Joao has extensive donkey medical and welfare experience in Europe and with working donkeys globally, is a regular lecturer, tutor, and practical assessor in equid dentistry worldwide, and has published numerous articles and contributions to books. He is the chair of the Portuguese Association of Animal Traction (APTRAN) and the FECTU - European Draught Horse Federation.
This new guidebook presents three types of harness for draught horses used in Europe and in North America nowadays. An excellent booklet that mainly addresses beginners, with good photos and amazing hand-painted illustrations. (available also in Italian).
This study about the current situation of the working horse industry in Switzerland presents the working equid in general, meaning the possible uses, the assets and drawbacks, the technical data etc. Furthermore it situates the industry in the Swiss context (state of agriculture, forestry, territorial development etc.) and shows how it works by analysing the outcomes of a survey among stakeholders.
New regulations professional carriage driving for tourism.
In many places animal rights associations campaign against horse drawn carriages in tourism and call for a general ban. Instead of banning, some federal countries in Germany now passed regulations aiming to insure security and animal welfare. Comprehensive prescriptions are set regarding the driver and the groom, the horses, the harness and the shoeing, the working conditions and the horse-drawn vehicles. Some key points of the new regulation.