Below you can find more information regarding the trip:
"There are two possible dates we are seeking to fill up: June 17 - July 3 (orange) and Aug 12 - 28 (purple). [The] one thing that makes the Loop Abroad trip unique [compared] to the others is that it is scheduled just for students at UCD. If we cannot fill the groups (about 8-12 students each) with UCD students, we may branch out to other UCs, which would also be a great opportunity to meet other pre-veterinary students and network!
A bit more about the program and daily schedule:
- You will travel as a group to Chiang Mai and spend two weeks there, one at the Elephant Nature Park (ENP) and one at the Animal Rescue Kingdom (ARK).
- At ENP, you will be staying right in the park and sometimes elephants walk right by your window! Every day you have activities scheduled that involve working closely with the elephants, including veterinary rounds with the on-site vet, prepping food for the elephants, improving the park (planting trees or grass, for example), bathing the elephants, and feeding them. At night you can either relax and enjoy the amazing scenery or there might be activities scheduled such as culture night, trivia and anatomy night! This is an amazing opportunity to work so closely with the elephants.
- At ARK, you will be staying in Chiang Mai in a hotel or hostel and drive out to the shelter every day. In the morning hours, we set up lectures and discussions with your paired veterinarian. This is a great opportunity for small classroom learning where you can learn a lot and ask tons of questions! In the afternoon hours, we typically have labs set up, like heart dissections, injections and physical exams. We also have a few surgery days where the students help the veterinarians in doing spays and neuters on dogs and cats. This is an amazing opportunity to get real hands-on experience and be involved in every process for prepping and doing the surgeries! In the evenings and on the weekends, you will have the opportunity to explore the beautiful city of Chiang Mai. Some evening activities we got to do included visiting the night bazaars (where you have the chance to buy souvenirs and the famous Thai pants), visiting temples, and ziplining through the jungle. You'll also have the chance to try some of the best restaurants in the city."
-Theresa and Elisa
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