International Studies: Elephants and Exotic Animals Health and Behaviors in Thailand
This program is organized by Dr. Nong Inpanbutr (a native Thai) in collaboration with the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Chiang Mai University (FVM CMU), in Thailand. This program is offered as a two-credit hour elective course to OSU CVM students.
The goal is to provide an international study opportunity for our veterinary students and to expose the students to international veterinary medical education and practice as well as cultural experience. Students will get the cultural orientation, anatomy of elephants, preparation for the trip during the spring quarter. After the end of spring quarter, there will be a ten-day field trip in Thailand, starting with an orientation lecture at FVM CMU on elephant health and behavior. The rest of the program consisted of field trips leading by wild life faculty at FVM CMU. Students had mixture of experience including hands on, observations, and discussions. The field trips included some few- days stay or a day trips as follows: the Thai Elephant Conservation Center in Lampang, 100 kilometers south of Chiangmai, Mae Sa Elephant Camp in Chiangmai, Chiang Mai Zoo, Dairy Cow Mobile Clinic, Exotic Animal Clinic, Safari Wild lives, and concluded with the discussion, evaluation, and certificate ceremony. Students are required to write a paper describing their learning experiences.