Photos by Luke Duggleby
Mobile Veterinary Clinic
Mobile Vetcare Clinic
ElefantAsia Mobile Veterinary Clinics are modified pickup trucks equipped with light surgical tools, medicines, water tanks, a sedative gun and microchips. Our veterinary team is called on for emergency missions all year long and can reach most logging camps in Sayaboury province within a day. Operating since 2006, the Mobile Veterinary Clinics have already realised over a thousand missions and checked 400 elephants. The Veterinary Clinics are also providing the Lao Department of Livestock with technical assistance to undertake a national census of captive elephants and a registration database.
Thanks to microchips and scanners compatible with neighbouring Thailand, the Mobile Clinic team can retrieve each elephant's unique registration code and screen the database for biodata, previous treatment information or ownership information.
Our team of Lao and International vets is based at the Elephant Hospital and join emergency missions when needed.
During field trips to logging sites, the vets offer on-site training, an illustrated elephant care manual and a first aid kit to mahouts.
Uncontrollable male elephants in musth can be sedated by our vets should they become a threat to local people.