Photos by Carsten Stormer
he hospital at the Lao Elephant Conservation Center aims to treat elephants suffering from severe injuries and acute infectious diseases that cannot be managed effectively in the field. Activities are implemented by the Non-Governmental Organisation ElefantAsia who have been providing elephant care in Laos since 2006. Construction of the hospital funded by Beauval Zoological Garden (France) was completed in September 2011 and like other buildings at the Center is powered primarily using solar energy.
Sick and injured elephants are immobilised for treatment in equipment known as a crush which allows hospital staff to provide proper care without any risk to our veterinarians or the patient. The hospital includes a laboratory equipped for blood analysis and parasitology and we are currently implementing new protocols in order to test for common infectious diseases and undertake epidemiology studies in Laos. In the drug preparation room, our staff prepares food and medicines especially adapted to elephants in clean conditions. Whilst our drugs and equipment kept close at hand and are also utilised by ElefantAsia's field veterinarians that are ready to go on emergency missions across the country at a moment's notice. Facilities also include a large open space office for completing that all important paperwork and a bedroom for those late night treatment duties!