Elephant Veterinary Centre
A development project supported by STEF
Our main project for 2020 has been the completion of a much needed Elephant Veterinary Centre at Khok Kloi, north of Phuket. Until now, the nearest hospital for elephants in this area was a four-hour journey by truck. The services at the centre will be made available free of charge to elephant owners in Phang Nga and Phuket provinces, and we are also providing a mobile veterinary clinic for elephants that cannot be transported to the veterinary centre.
The STEF Veterinary Centre opened on November 12th with a blessing from a Holy Monk, and the mobile clinic has now begun visiting elephants in the region. Dr Aon, our veterinary officer, has been meeting local elephant owners on her visits, and has already been able to provide treatments (see news).
We feel immensely proud of this achievement, particularly as we’ve had to overcome plenty of obstacles along the way: gaining our Government licence as a veterinary hospital, coping with heavy and damaging monsoon rains and, of course, Thailand’s own C-19 lockdowns which seriously impeded the progress of the building work.
However, there is no time to rest our our laurels. We still need funds to purchase important veterinary equipment and drugs, and to pay ongoing costs for a vet and an assistant.
It is also our aim to provide a rest home for old and abused elephants on the land surrounding the Veterinary Centre, and to construct a Visitor and Education Centre at the site to help visitors understand the importance of the elephant in Thai culture, to provide an insight into elephant welfare and conservation, and to offer the opportunity to have physical contact with elephants in a natural environment. To help us provide these critical services please consider supporting our project. You can donate here.
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