PROGRAM FOR VETERINARY STUDENTS
In partnership with the Clinic for Zoo Animals, Exotic Pets and Wildlife of the university of Zurich, we are enabling indonesian veterinary students to spend a semester with us.
The one-month internship is taking place at the rescue and rehabilitation station of our Sumatra-Orangutan-Conservation-Program SOCP. In the future, two to four students will be trained by the SOCP-staff on-site. Additionally, lectures on wildlife care are held at the university of Banda Aceh, in the north of the island. In the long term, there is hope to create a centre of competence on wildlife medicine in Sumatra, which will bring forth the veterinarians of upcoming generations. If this succeeds, the dependency on foreign specialists is being reduced while strengthening the environmental awareness of the indonesian population.
The program, which is directed by Prof. Jean-Michel Hatt and Dr. Christopher Stremme already managed to achieve a lot in a short time span. The wildlife ambulance of the Syiah Kuala was extended and the wildlife veterinary course was offered to students for the first time this year.
> Would you also like to learn more about orangutans? Attend a speech of Dr. Ian Singleton, director of SOCP this November!