Looking Back at Our Trip to India

This Global vets team has returned home from India and are checking in one last time to share some of their favourite moments.

Now that we have returned home to Canada, we have had the opportunity to reflect on our experience in India and think about the amazing things that we have seen.

India, Canada, Flying, Plane

Some of our favourite parts about our time in India were getting to do spay and neuter surgeries in Delhi, diagnosing pregnancies in cows in Palampur and visiting the Taj Mahal in Agra. While in Delhi, not only were we able to greatly improve our surgical skills, we also got to learn a lot about the issues of dog overpopulation and how veterinarians are working to fix it. It was really great to feel that we were helping their community and making a difference. Getting to try pregnancy diagnosis in the cows in Palampur was a new experience for us, but one that is very important for anyone that wants to treat cows once they are a vet. It is important to the farmer to know when a cow is pregnant because cows need to have been pregnant in order to produce milk, which is how the farmer makes money. We still need a lot more practice but this was a great start! The Taj Mahal is one of the most famous monuments in the world, and we now understand why! The building itself is stunning, the architecture is amazing, and it also is a very spiritual place for the people of India.

Jeevashram Foundation, Veterinary Hospital

Group Picture at the Jeevashram Foundation, Veterinary Hospital. Photo Credit: Megan Monaghan, Samantha Miglin, Monica Marshman and Whitney DeGroot

During our time in India, we also had some struggles. Some of the most difficult things were seeing a lot of sick animals and not being able to help them all, understanding the many differences in care of animals between India and Canada, and communicating with people that didn’t speak our language. Walking through the streets there are dogs and cows everywhere and some of them had obvious injuries and diseases. There are so many animals that need care but there simply isn’t enough time or money to help them all, which was difficult for us to see. Despite working in areas that had good facilities to treat animals, Classroomwe found the pace of work was different, without the sense of urgency that we have seen back home when dealing with an emergency. We spent time in some smaller communities where the people didn’t always speak English so things as simple as ordering a coffee became quite a challenge. Overall even though these things were difficult to deal with, we learned a lot from them and now have even more insight to share back in Canada.

We have had a fantastic summer travelling through India and learning about veterinary medicine in another country. We are all very excited to return back to school to apply what we have learned!

Experiencing veterinary medicine abroad has been a really incredible experience for these girls. Take a look at some of the other Global Vets teams to see what they’ve learned on their travels.

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