SRI LANKA (DR KANISHKA)
(3rd/4th/5th YEAR VET STUDENTS)
Dr Kanishka works at his own Veterinary Clinic in Dewalapola, Sri Lanka, near to Colombo. He has done extensive work with animal charities giving his free time to aid the street animals and the local people.
WORK WITH DR KANISHKA
This is a surgery based project! You will have completed one or two weeks with the Blue Paw Trust. You will work with Dr. Kanishka in his clinic meeting the owners and diagnosing the animal’s problem with them.
You will discuss and give the treatments under Dr. Kanishka’s supervision. You can castrate and neuter animals that come into the clinic and will also do other operations, sometimes assisting but sometimes alone although all under Dr. Kanishka’s supervision. Dr. Kanishka will organize many operations as possible during your time there
When you first arrive you will discuss with Indira/Dr. Kanishka areas you still need practice e.g. spays and they will arrange for these operations for you to practice. Dr Kanishka specializes in surgeries and he does numerous bone pinning surgeries, accident victims and other emergencies such as salivary mucoseal, foot injuries, anal gland abscess etc. You will, therefore, be exposed to a large number of surgeries on this project. Feel free to discuss your interests and requirements with Dr. Kanishka as he wants to help you develop your abilities as a vet.
Please note that this is a BASIC clinic compared to the UK, giving you a totally different experience of what it is like to work in a third world country in a clinic that doesn’t have all the mod cons. For a basic clinic, it is incredibly well equipped with an ultrasound machine also. Don’t expect luxury, expect to be challenged and see that life is very different in these circumstances but the animals are still treated very well considering the difficult conditions and with love!
The surgery is open 7 days a week.
•0930 – 1300 (which can continue until 1500 depending on amount of work)
•1800 – 2200 (again depending on amount of work)
There are no days off usually if you are there for a week, however, you can discuss with Dr. Kanishka if you wish to take some time off or you can stay longer after your project to do the touristy things.
CAT PROTECTION TRUST (CPT)
The CPT organize and managed this project. Indira has dedicated her life to the CPT and is assisted by Jocelyn (an English lady). You will also spend some time assisting with the work at CPT.
ACCOMMODATION & FOOD
You will stay at a Hotel in twin-bedded rooms and en suite. Breakfast and wifi are included in the price. There is a small restaurant there for evening meals if you wish.
ARRIVAL INFO AND TRANSFERS
When you arrive at Colombo airport you will usually have been collected by the Blue Paw Trust team and spent a week or two with them. You will be transferred to your Hotel and this is arranged for you between BPT and Dr. Kanishka. At the end of your stay, you will be taken to the airport about40 minutes away.
Any extra journeys or if you want to be transferred elsewhere instead of the airport at the end of your stay you must pay directly yourselves.
WHAT IS INCLUDED
Accommodation, transport to and from the airport and to the project each working day, training and support from Dr. Kanishka and staff during the project and any project materials.
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED
Flights, food, travel/medical insurance (suggestions on our website: www.vetsandwildlife.co.za), vaccinations (rabies IS compulsory), visas, any private tuk-tuk trips, excursions on days off, luxury items such as alcohol or chocolate, etc.
2 students, 1 week £550 per person
1 student, 1 week £700 (the extra cost is due to the extra accommodation cost)
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