Our main project for 2021 is to fund all the equipment needed at the STEF Veterinary Centre at our site in Khok Kloi, north of Phuket. Up to now, the nearest hospital for elephants in this area was a four-hour journey by truck – not good for a sick elephant. The services at the STEF Veterinary Centre are available free of charge to elephant owners in Phang Nga and neighbouring provinces, and we are also providing a mobile veterinary clinic for elephants that cannot be transported to the Veterinary Centre.
Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, including a number of major grant-making trusts and foundations (see here), we fully funded the build of the veterinary office/clinic and the barn last year, and we appointed our first vet, who began delivering treatment on 12 November 2020.
Now we need a final push to buy medical equipment and to fund our specialist veterinary team. Over the coming year, the essential major equipment we must fund includes:
£10,500 for a Medical Storeroom
£10,500 for Mahout Accommodation
£6,000 for a stand-by generator
£9,000 for an Elephant Weighbridge
£25,000 for Diagnostic Equipment
£40,000 for a Portable X-ray machine
Please make a gift of whatever size you can and help us complete the project and give our Veterinary Centre the vital equipment it needs. Every penny will make a difference. If you wish to support the purchase of medications so that we can continue to supply our veterinary services free of charge, you may like to consider becoming one of our Medicine Angels.