Our vision is a world where every working animal lives a life free from suffering and is treated with compassion. Our mission is to improve the welfare of working animals in the world’s poorest communities. We do this by:

  • We TREAT by providing free veterinary care when animals suffer or when emergencies strike.
  • We TRAIN by building expertise among vets and promoting humane care by animal owners.
  • We TEACH children to develop positive beliefs, respect and compassion towards animals.

TREAT: Relieving suffering today

Working animals are a fact of life in many developing countries, but with access to veterinary care and the right equipment, a life of work needn’t be a life of suffering.

SPANA’s dedicated veterinary teams work across nine core countries, delivering lifesaving treatments, easing pain, preventing injuries, vaccinating against deadly diseases and replacing harmful harnessing and equipment with humane alternatives.

From our network of fixed and mobile clinics, we help hundreds of thousands of animals each year, making working life bearable while also protecting the livelihoods of some of the world’s most vulnerable communities. Learn more about our veterinary work.

TRAIN: improving welfare tomorrow

Free veterinary care can ease pain today, but SPANA is equally committed to preventing suffering tomorrow. Many working animals attending SPANA clinics are suffering from entirely avoidable injuries and conditions caused by inappropriate harnessing, painful bits, poor farriery or harmful traditional treatments and practices. Read more about our community training work.

By training owners within communities and improving the skills of veterinary professionals, SPANA works to drive up welfare standards by changing behaviours and building knowledge. It isn’t a quick fix, but our dedicated teams are working with communities and professionals to deliver sustainable changes that will benefit millions of working animals for generations to come.

TEACH: Building kinder futures

In so many communities where working animals are widely used, extreme poverty is an inescapable reality. Working animals are vital in supporting the livelihoods of poor communities around the world. Treated with respect and care, working animals are more productive for longer, less likely to become sick or suffer injury. In classrooms and after-school clubs, through exhibitions and mobile units, SPANA’s education programme for schoolchildren fosters that compassion from a young age, changing feelings, attitudes and behaviours that last a lifetime. Read more about our education work. 

EMERGENCIES: Saving lives in times of crisis

In the world’s poorest countries, the most marginalised and vulnerable communities are often those most dependent on animals. Drought, conflict, natural disaster and extreme weather disproportionately affect those communities and animals least able to endure the challenges. Many of those most at risk of malnutrition around the world are pastoralists, relying on animals for their livelihoods and, in times of crisis, even their lives. Read more about our emergency work.

By protecting animals, SPANA also provides a lifeline for communities in the most desperate need. Healthy animals give families an independent and sustainable future outside of the aid camps. Yet as famine once again threatens east Africa, SPANA’s lifesaving emergency programme is needed more than ever.


Alongside our outreach projects, SPANA also invests in longer term partnerships with universities, community groups and NGOs who share our vision.

These trusted partners provide us with a cost effective means to improve professional skills, treat more animals and extend our education services to even more countries.

Having developed Clinical Skills Centres (CSCs) at universities in Senegal and Mozambique, our veterinary team is now developing new CSCs with partners in several additional countries. CSCs give veterinary students and professionals the chance to further develop their skills, supporting sustainable improvements in animal welfare.

SPANA’s education team is also building partnerships with schools across Africa, putting animal welfare at the heart of the curriculum and building a more compassionate future for working animals across the continent.


Our vets and education professionals are constantly seeking new and effective ways to improve veterinary care, reduce sickness and injury, and promote compassionate animal ownership. Around the world, SPANA teams work alongside universities and NGOs to deliver cutting edge research to improve the lives of working animals.


Our dedicated vets, trainers and teachers reach hundreds of thousands of animals and communities in need every year, operating out of an extensive network of SPANA centres. But with up to 200 million working animals spread around the globe, we can’t be everywhere.

That’s where the SPANA outreach fund comes in, providing support and grants of up to £5,000 to trusted partner charities and community organisations that share our commitment to improving working animal welfare.

Last year, we expanded our outreach fund once again to reach more animals and communities than ever before.

Learn more about all of our outreach projects.


Everything SPANA achieves is thanks to the generosity and support of tens of thousands of dedicated individuals and organisations who share our vision of a world where every working animal lives a life free from suffering. With no government support, SPANA continues to exist only thanks to your kindness.

Find out more about our work at www.spana.org