Loop Abroad - College Veterinary Service Program

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In this two-week program, you’ll work and learn alongside veterinarians at an elephant sanctuary and a dog rescue. Students live among the elephants and care directly for them while providing check-ups and procedures to dogs in need.

This program is divided into two weeks. In one week, students work with our staff vet to care for dogs at the Dog Rescue Clinic in Chiang Mai. Students learn how to assess the dogs' health by performing exams and get hands-on practice providing medical care. The other week is spent at the Elephant Nature Park, providing love and support for the 40 elephants who live there.

This program is open for college students (rising freshman through graduating seniors) who are interested in becoming veterinarians or working professionally with animals. Prices are all-inclusive (less airfare) and financial aid is available.

Highlights
  • Gain hands-on experience practicing clinical skills in a companion animal shelter
  • Observe and provide care for rescued elephants at a local sanctuary
  • Explore city life in Chiang Mai, including visits to local temples and markets

Questions & Answers

After checking the site, it appears that the program is for young adults ages 18-23. Hope that helps! Here's the link for more info: http://www.loopabroad.com/content/college-veterinary-service
Hi Melodie, the price for this is $3859 USD and $5411.18 CAD

Reviews

99%
based on 36 reviews
  • Academics 8.9
  • Support 9.9
  • Fun 9.5
  • Housing 9.4
  • Safety 9.8
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Emma
10/10

Best Decision of my Year

The 2 weeks I got to spend in Chiang Mai Thailand were the best 2 weeks of my year and even life. The amount of hands on learning that we were offered at the dog clinic as well as ENP were very beneficial. My entire group was able to do things that we would have never been able to do back home.
The Loop staff that were made to teach us and guide us were incredibly friendly and helped us every step of the way, from having someone meet my group in New York and staying with us all the way to Thailand until the program was done.
I couldn't reccomend this program enough, Loop Abroad has done an amazing job at creating a fun, safe and educational program for prevet students or for students who just like that type of adventure and work.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Cassandra
10/10

My experience was amazing...

I enrolled in the program after a friend of mine had completed it the year before. I am so, SO glad that I did. My time spent in Thailand has been fun, educational, and incredibly special. I feel so lucky to have been a part of a program that's main focus is being a positive force. Everything we did benefited not only ourselves, but also the surrounding communities. LOOP took it's time when deciding which programs were worthy. I will absolutely be talking about this experience for the rest of my life!

How can this program be improved?
More food options
Yes, I recommend this program
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Madalyn
10/10

I loved this trip!

As soon as I heard about Loop Abroad in Thailand, I knew I had to go. And I was definitely not disappointed when I got there. During my first week, we spent time in downtown Chiang Mai working at a small animal clinic providing services for the stray animals of Thailand. I learned so much that I can apply at home at my clinic job! We also got to explore the city, try lots of foods, see many temples, and go ziplining! It was so much fun. During our second week, we went to Elephant Nature Park, and it was such a wonderful experience. We got to hang out with the elephants in one way or another every day, and I have never been so in awe of an animal before. My favorite part was doing the elephant vet rounds and actually helping with some procedures on the elephants. This trip was a trip of a lifetime for sure!

Yes, I recommend this program
Ashli
10/10

Experience of a lifetime!

I HIGHLY suggest the pre vet program in Thailand for any college student on the path to vet school. The amount of material you learn in 3 weeks will put you ahead of all the other students you’re competing against. This unique opportunity will make you stand out on vet apps without a doubt. I had so much fun, I left 3 weeks ago and I’m still having Thailand withdrawals. The people you will meet will be your friends FOREVER! Your leaders and teachers are some of the most incredible humans you will ever meet. The memories you will make are so special and I promise this trip is worth every single penny.

How can this program be improved?
Maybe the living conditions at ENP could be better. But, if you’re into roughing it you’ll be fine. And living with elephants is pretty cool, no matter how hot and gross the dorms can be. And the resort in Chiang Mai is BEAUTIFUL so it makes up for the elephant week.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Ellie
10/10

Loop abroad thailand

Before coming to Thailand I had lots of animal experience but very little hands on veterinary experience. I was looking for something that I could do to really help educate me and help me stand out on my vet school application. This program was exactly that and more. This program changed my life! Not only was it extremely inclusive and educational but it created friends and memories that I will never forget. We worked hands on learning clinic vet skills with the dogs of Thailand and then got hands on opportunities to work with injured elephants. It was in explainable how amazing this trip was. When you get the chance to meet the elephants, as soon as you look into their eyes, your life feels different, everything seems worth it, and you feel like your doing exactly what you’re meant to be doing. I am so grateful I got to be a part of this amazing program as it changed me for the better and opened doors to so many more opportunities!!

Yes, I recommend this program
Samantha
10/10

Once In A Life Time Dream Come True

Before Loop Abroad I had 0 hands on experience with vet tech stuff or very much knowledge. My Vet and Group Leader were so patient and very helping in when we would work on the animals. They taught me to be more confident in myself. Our talks about the future, our careers and what we wanted to do with our experience made me realize I never really put much thought into my future in being a Vet Tech. Working with cats and dogs was fun and working with the elephants an eye opening oppurtunity. Loop Abroad helped me realize long term goals as well as gain amazing experience I never dreamed I would get. Apart from learning vet and tech vocab and techniques we were also blessed with the chance to see and learn about Thailand and their culture such as touring the temples, going shopping, trying new food and of course getting to know our tour guides and their life. My experience was definitely one I will never forget. I hope to join another program of Loop Abroads and even one day soon may lead one so others can have a wonderful experience like i did.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Amanda
10/10

College Thailand Veterinary Program

My experience with Loop abroad was amazing and unforgettable. It was my first time out of the country and the team leaders really made me feel safe and cared for. For the first week, we volunteered at ARK working with stray cats and dogs. I am interested in small animals in the field so this week was so exciting for me. We learned everything including basic anatomy, physicals, catheter placement, blood draws, and preparing/monitoring vitals for surgeries. We also got to assist in a spray and a neuter surgery by clamping and cutting with the veterinarian. The surgeries were fast paced and taught us how to effectively think on our feet. The weekend after this week, we got to go zip lining and explore the temples in Thailand. The zip lining was incredible and I would definitely recommend it. The second week, we went to the elephant nature park to work with elephants at the sanctuary. We were able to help prepare food for and feed the elephants, bathe them, observe them during a nutrition study, and assist in cleaning their wounds with the veterinarian. I loved working with them and the entire trip in general. You learn so much! I was worried at first about the safety and legitimacy of the program but I quickly learned that I had nothing to worry about at all.

How can this program be improved?
Keep adding new programs!
Yes, I recommend this program
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Cassandra
10/10

Amazing!

Words can’t describe how fun and educational this trip was! I got to work with both cats and dogs and elephants. I learned so much from the vet both in surgery and lecture. I also learned a lot about the Thai culture by going to the local markets and visiting temples. I didn’t meet one rude Thai person the entire time I was there. The vets and the guides made sure we were the safest we could be especially out in public. This trip was just the right amount of learning and visiting and I am so happy it was my first time out of the country! The living conditions on the elephant sanctuary are not like a hotel so bring a lot of bug spray and maybe a cool towel!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Sierra
10/10

Summer College Vet Service 2018

I knew when signing up that this program was going to be incredible, but I never imagined just how life changing two weeks in Thailand could be. We learned all about small animal medicine and the culture in Chaing mai, Thailand during the first week. The second week we got to learn about elephant medicine and learn from the wildlife vet who works at Elephant Nature Park. This program gives you amazing vet experience, but it also give you so much more cultural experience than I ever would’ve expected. I couldn’t be happier with my trip and I hope every student gets to have an experience like mine!

Yes, I recommend this program
Amanda
10/10

College Veterinary Trip Review

My experience with Loop abroad was amazing and unforgettable. It was my first time out of the country and the team leaders really made me feel safe and cared for. For the first week, we volunteered at ARK working with stray cats and dogs. I am interested in small animals in the field so this week was so exciting for me. We learned everything including basic anatomy, physicals, catheter placement, blood draws, and preparing/monitoring vitals for surgeries. We also got to assist in a spray and a neuter surgery by clamping and cutting with the veterinarian. The surgeries were fast paced and taught us how to effectively think on our feet. The weekend after this week, we got to go zip lining and explore the temples in Thailand. The zip lining was incredible and I would definitely recommend it. The second week, we went to the elephant nature park to work with elephants at the sanctuary. We were able to help prepare food for and feed the elephants, bathe them, observe them during a nutrition study, and assist in cleaning their wounds with the veterinarian. I loved working with them and the entire trip in general. You learn so much! I was worried at first about the safety and legitimacy of the program but I quickly learned that I had nothing to worry about at all.

How can this program be improved?
They are constantly improving my adding new programs! Even more would be amazing!
Yes, I recommend this program
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Allison
10/10

Amazing Trip

This was my first of 3 loop abroad programs and it was absolutely amazing! We got to work up close with the elephants and take care of a lot of rescued elephants that had injuries from there previous living environments. I learned a lot about how mistreated elephants are and that they are endangered, and it was a truly amazing experience to be apart of something actively working to stop and prevent such problems. I would 100% go again given the opportunity, it is truly amazing what this program is doing to help support wildlife!

How can this program be improved?
None, it was great.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Chloe
9/10

Definitely worth it! Amazing experience

It was so much fun to learn so much about vet medI one, and then be able to actually put what we learned to use with hands on experience. Also, the elephants are amazing. The chance to actually be close to them is incredible. They are so gentle, and it’s great to see all of their different personalities. A once in a lifetime chance. You also get to explore Chiang Mai city, temples, and go zip lining! That was one of my favorite parts. Overall I highly recommend this experience to anyone who is interested in veterinary medicine. You can learn so much and make memories that last a lifetime. If you’re on the fence, just go!

How can this program be improved?
Maybe not go to so many temples. We went to four, and it got a bit redundant, but was still fun!
Yes, I recommend this program
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Kelcie
10/10

Instructor Perspective

I'm a veterinarian and recently taught College Veterinary Service in Thailand for what was hopefully the first of many times. So this review, while probably still helpful for prospective student, will also be useful for prospective instructors.
Holy #%@, everyone, this course is AWESOME. I like to teach, but it's not my day job (not interested in huge classes). Honestly though, if you have any interest in teaching, Loop is perfect.
The small group sizes let you really get to know everyone in your class. The type of students who sign up for the course are smart, motivated, adventurous, and interested in the course material.
The type and amount of material covered by the course is reasonable, and the labs are fun. The facilities are excellent, the standard of medicine is better than some places in the USA, and the support staff is incredible (especially the Thai veterinary staff!) As with anything involving animals and the real world, you do have to be a bit flexible when teaching, but honestly, I had everything I really needed.
As an instructor, you have some freedom to choose whether or not to accompany students on the non-academic activities (tours, meals, ziplining adventure, etc). I went along for everything, because the activities were well-chosen and interesting, plus the Thai guides that work with Loop Abroad really do an awesome job of explaining culture and context along the way.
Basically, if you're a veterinarian thinking about teaching and you're interested in a program that sets you up for success, has great students and amazing staff, and allows you to be an informed traveler vs an idiot tourist, Loop Abroad is a perfect fit.
If your'e a student, I can honestly say that I've never worked with a program that gives students more value. Not only is the actual program experience just amazing, but also there is a lot of guidance in terms of how the experience can help you in the future (vet school application, other programs etc).
Really my only regrets about the whole experience are a) it's over now, and b) this program wasn't around when I was pre-vet.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Alyssa
9/10

College Vet Service Thailand

My experience abroad in Thailand was absolutely unforgettable. The memories and friendships I made will last me a lifetime. I learned so much about the veterinary field and I strongly encourage any student to pursue studying abroad at least once. I had no problems with any of the housing, food, or guides while on this trip. Everyone was friendly, supportive, and helpful. Any questions you have about medicine will be answered and you will simultaneously be practicing skills necessary for the career.

How can this program be improved?
The only suggestion I have would be to make sure the vets communicate more efficiently between the groups.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Maddie
10/10

Best Study Abroad Ever!

I traveled with Loop Abroad on the College Veterinary Service to Thailand earlier this summer, and I had a fantastic experience! The guides are very fun and interactive, and also extremely knowledgeable, so I learned so much about Thai customs and culture. The vet staff, both American and Thai, was so incredibly helpful and so willing to really take the time to teach us everything, and I gained so many relevant skills in both the small animal and large animal departments. The housing in Chiang Mai was exceptional, and the housing at Elephant Nature Park really gave the feeling of living in Thailand, although it took some getting used to. The small animal clinic and Animal Rescue Kingdom are great for learning or refining practical skills, and Elephant Nature Park was spectacular and educated us on the importance of conservation and ethical treatment of animals. After coming home from Thailand, I am now extremely confident that becoming a veterinarian is the right career path for me. Overall an amazing, life changing experience that I would recommend to anyone even relatively interested in veterinary medicine!!

Yes, I recommend this program

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