Elephant Care International is partnering with the Sri Lankan Wildlife Conservation Society to conduct a new EleVets program to deliver field-based training for veterinarians, immediate care for elephants, and collaborate with owners and mahouts to improve elephant welfare.
Elephant Care International is excited to be a partner in EleVets, a program of the Sri Lankan Wildlife Society (www.slwcs.org), a groundbreaking initiative that will enhance the health and welfare of Sri Lanka’s captive elephants through veterinary care, training, mentorship, and capacity-building. ECI’s Director of Veterinary Programs and Research, Dr. Susan Mikota, is helping to develop this innovative new program together with long-time colleague Dr. Ashoka Dangolla (Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka) and the SLWCS team.
Dr. Mikota will be joining the EleVets team this summer (2017) to conduct an Elephant Healthcare and Welfare Workshop. This 3-day course for local veterinarians will include lectures on health issues of importance to elephants and practical sessions that will give veterinarians opportunities to perform physical examinations and foot care and conduct assessments of living and working conditions.
Following the Workshop, the EleVets team will conduct a 5-day health clinic to provide immediate care for elephants in need. Working together with mahouts and owners, we will develop wellness plans that will improve the lives of individual elephants.