Returning Home from Thailand and Getting Back to Class

Global Vets volunteers Ty and Caitlin have returned to Ontario and are busy getting back into the swing of Veterinary Collage. But before we say our final farewells to these globe trotting veterinarian students Ty and Caitlin check in one last time to tell us about some of their favourite moments from this past summer.

Ty’s goodbye

Hey Earth Rangers!

Caitlin and I have been back in Canada for a few weeks now and are gearing up to start our 3rd year of Vet school at the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph, Ontario at the beginning of September!

Travelling back from Thailand was quite the trip! First we boarded a 2 hour flight from Bangkok (Thailand’s Capital City!) to Hong Kong, which wasn’t too bad. However, we then flew from Hong Kong to Toronto, which took……. Drum roll please…… 15 HOURS! It sounds a lot worse than it actually was. In the back of each of the airplane seats were little televisions, which made it a bit easier (I watched three movies and a few hours of TV!). On our flight back to Toronto, we actually flew over the ARCTIC! I was hoping to catch a glimpse, but we were above the clouds so I didn’t see much. Toronto is 11 hours behind Thailand time, which made our first few days back at home a little difficult (I was tired ALL THE TIME!).

I had a really amazing 2 months in Thailand. Being able to travel as well as work with Elephants and a dog and cat rescue was a once in a lifetime opportunity for me and I am SO happy I made the trip. It’s been a pleasure to blog for you all and I hope you enjoyed following Caitlin and my adventure!

Bye for now!

Ty and Caitlin plane

Plane ride home! Photo Credit: Caitlin Grant and Tyler Jorden

Caitlin’s goodbye

Dear Earth Rangers,

Well, after seven weeks of adventures in Thailand, I am now back home safe and sound in Guelph, Ontario.  I enjoyed travelling very much, but it was a nice feeling to be on our last flight, knowing I was on my way back home.  Now that I have been back for two weeks, it feels like I never left.  I have gone right back into my normal routine of going to work, taking care of my pets, and getting ready for school to start again in September.  I am very excited to go back to school and learn more this year.  Working with the animals in Thailand made me realize that there is still so much that I don’t know.  I want to learn as much as I can about veterinary medicine so that I can become a great veterinarian and hopefully return to Thailand, or maybe even a new country, and help more animals in need.  Thailand was the first place outside of Ontario that I have ever been (it was even my first time on a plane!), and it was wonderful to be able to experience a completely different culture.  The language, the food, the scenery and the people were all so different from what you see in Canada and I loved every minute of it.  Now that I have experienced Thailand, I want to travel to other countries around the world and see what they have to offer.  I think travelling is a great thing to do because it introduces you to new experiences, helps you appreciate everything you have, and gives you a sense of freedom and independence.  Even if you are travelling with friends, it still takes a lot of courage to travel to a foreign country.

Since I have come home, my friends and family have been asking what my favourite part was.  This is such a hard question to answer because the entire trip was amazing.  If I had to choose one thing though, it would be working with the elephants.  I have always been interested in zoo animals, especially elephants, and I have wanted to work with them for a long time.  I am so happy that I finally got to have this experience, and it is definitely one that I will never forget.  I learned so much about elephant behaviour, medical care, and how they are viewed in Thai society and now I love them even more than I did before.

This is sadly my last blog post, but it has been a pleasure to be able to share my stories with you while I was travelling and I would like to thank you all for reading!  I hope I have entertained you and maybe even inspired some of you to pursue a career as a veterinarian or to work with animals in another way.

Sincerely,

Caitlin

After a long trip Ty and Caitlin are now back to class! But you can let the adventure continue by checking out the blog updates from the Global Vets’ teams that traveled to India, South America and East Africa.

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  1. 12lewis says:

    What a trip

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  2. MrPotatoHead1 says:

    That I guess was annoying. 15 HOURS that CRAZY!

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  3. CCM says:

    wow!cool,did you have fun?<3

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  4. FoxLover25 says:

    cool

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  5. oliviathefrist says:

    that cool and aswsome

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  6. pikka22 says:

    cool

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  7. narren says:

    wow so cool

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  8. kam1234 says:

    wow lucky

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