Brianna's Group: Thailand

Work and learn alongside Veterinarians at an Elephant Sanctuary and a Dog Rescue in Thailand


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This two-week adventure of a lifetime gives you the opportunity to go to Thailand to volunteer at an Elephant Sanctuary in Northern Thailand, providing hands-on care, love, and support for the 65+ elephants who live there. You’ll also have to opportunity to volunteer at a students work with our staff vet to care for dogs at the ARK Animal Rescue Kingdom Dog Shelter in Chiang Mai, Thailand where you will get hands-on practice providing medical care. You will also get the chance to experience magnificent Thailand first-hand.


Highlights:
• Feed and help provide medical care to elephants throughout the program
• Learn about all aspects of care and management of captive wildlife
• Enjoy tubing down the river that runs through the reserve
• Have the chance to meet world-renowned conservationist and ENP founder Lek Chailert
• At Ark Dog Shelter, you will learn to provide treatments and help out during surgeries to the dogs at this local organization in need.
• Assist in neuter surgeries & Learn and practice small animal clinical skills.
• Discover what it's like to be a vet in the tropics
• See a bit of the best of Chiang Mai on the weekends, including temple visits and other cultural and adventure exploration.

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Who It's For


This group is open to Purdue University students referred by Purdue student and Loop alumna Brianna Wardwell. It is not sponsored by, affiliated with, or endorsed by Purdue.

Each group of up to 12 students will have its own US veterinarian accompanying them and will have the opportunity to learn from other Loop Abroad veterinarians with a variety of expertise who will be on the same program.

Itinerary


This program is divided into two weeks. In one week, students work with our staff vet to care for dogs at the ARK (Animal Rescue Kingdom) Dog Shelter in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Students learn how to assess the dogs' health and do exams, and get hands-on practice providing medical care. The other week is spent at the Elephant Nature Park, providing hands-on care, love, and support for the 65+ elephants who live there.

By bringing our own vet to the Ark Dog Shelter, we provide necessary treatments and surgeries to the dogs at this local organization in need. Students are in the examination room in small groups, assisting with procedures and surgeries and learning hands-on from the vet.


Here are some of the activities you can expect to participate in:

  • Students will have classroom time each day with the vet to go over the information they need to know to carry out each days treatments, skills practice, and activities.
  • Students work with the elephants, helping to feed them, bathe them, cut their food, clean their homes, and provide overall care for them.
  • Over the weekend, the group will have a chance to see a bit of the best of Chiang Mai, including temple visits and other cultural and adventure exploration. Evenings are low-key and may involve market trips or outings in the city.
  • They will also help with sanctuary upkeep and have the chance to participate in cultural activities.
  • There will be a chance while at the Elephant Nature Park to learn from the elephant vet on staff, help provide medical care to animals in need, learn to test for various medical conditions in large mammals, and possibly observe surgical procedures in the on-site dog clinic.

  • The dog shelter at ENP provides many opportunities for students to help. They may also have opportunities to shadow the elephant trainer, participate in a diet study, or any number of other things going on at the park.
  • Students also have the chance to meet world-renowned conservationist and ENP founder Lek Chailert and learn a bit of Thai.
  • Participate in a classroom-based course taught by a Loop Abroad veterinarian to learn more about elephants, companion animals, and their care. In addition, your vet will help you learn about elephant anatomy and physiology, body condition scores, and behavior.
  • Enjoy tubing down the river that runs through the reserve, and get to work with some of the elephants on the property one-on-one.
  • In the evenings and over the weekend, we will have a chance to explore city life in Chiang Mai, including visits to local street markets for eating and shopping, and dinners at local restaurants.
  • Loop Abroad’s groups will have the opportunity to assist the staff in all aspects of caring for the Elephants and other animals. There will be ample opportunities to observe the animals amidst work time.

    Courses and Hours


    Veterinary Hours (for vet school applications): 72
    Research Hours (for vet school applications): 8

    The AVMA says"If you have the opportunity to work... for veterinarians who work with different species, that's a bonus that can make you more appealing to a veterinary school admissions committee." We're proud to offer you that opportunity!

    You will get to know your vet during the program, and they will get to know you! If you participate to the best of your ability, you will be well-positioned to ask for a recommendation letter at the end of the program.

    This program provides a total of 80 service hours. Loop Abroad is a certifying organization for the Presidential Volunteer Service Award, for which those hours are eligible.

    Loop Abroad can provide you with a pass/fail transcript for the course "Tropical Shelter Medicine, Management, and Welfare: From Companion Animals to Elephants" at your request. This course is the academic component of your program. If you are seeking credit from your college or university, please contact us for any assistance needed.

    Tuition and Dates


    2018 Dates:* May 19 - June 4, 2018.

    Tuition:$3,275 USD not including international airfare. Airfare on the group flight from New York is estimated at $1,700 roundtrip including all taxes and fees.

    This tuition represents a 15% discount on our regular program tuition for your group. No additional discounts or aid are available.

    Your space is not held until your $1,000 deposit (credited toward tuition) is paid. Your deposit is due by November 30, 2017 to secure your private group booking. Balance of your tuition is due by February 1, 2018. Interest-free payment plans are available.

    All housing, meals, and activities are included in your tuition. Tuition does not include medical insurance - if you don't have medical insurance that covers you while abroad, you can purchase travel medical insurance. We can help you find a plan that meets our insurance requirements.

    Travel off the group itinerary must be approved by Loop Abroad and carries fees. Please contact admissions@loopabroad.com before booking travel off the group itinerary.

    Applying:


    As a Purdue student, you may simply enroll in this program through a simplified application process. This guarantees your admission (barring any health factors that make it unsafe for you to participate). On the application page:

  • Choose "Brianna's Group: Thailand " as your program.)
  • Choose not to add a Bonus Week.
  • You may leave the essay blank
  • You may leave the transcript blank
  • You may leave the references blank. Because the email field is required, simply enter your own email address.
  • As a member of a private group, you do still need to pay the $50 application fee. If you attend the program, your $50 application fee will be credited toward your tuition, making the remaining tuition $3,225. If you choose not to attend, your application fee is non-refundable.
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    *Dates indicate departure from and return to New York. Some flights depart early in the morning and may require students to arrive in New York the night before. Loop abroad reserves the right to cancel any program at any time; in case of such cancellation by Loop Abroad, all payments will be returned in full.