Fourteen students from the Mount Ida Vet Tech program, under the watchful eye of Assistant Professor of Veterinary Technology Kimberly Karolides, made their way to Thailand during the January semester break.
During the course of the 11 day trip they spent time at Elephant Nature Park in Chiang Mai. ENP was founded by Lek Chailert and is a sanctuary for abused elephants. They also care for dogs, cats, horses and water buffalo that live at the park.
The Mount Ida students spent time working with and caring for all of the animals. The veterinary clinic had them assisting with spays and neuters, taking radiographs, and giving vaccines. They learned about each elephant at the park, gathered food for them in the jungle, fed them watermelon, assisted in wound cleaning and some even were allowed to draw blood. Meeting and speaking directly with Lek Chailert was a highlight for all.