Globe University Vet Tech Students Travel to Thailand to Work with Elephants

Thailand Photo_2Two veterinary technology students from Globe University – Woodbury campus took their love for animals to a new level by traveling to Thailand to work with elephants.

Haley Schommer and Shannon Vesledahl stumbled across a college veterinary service summer program called Loop Abroad. They did some research and decided to apply. Little did they know that they would get accepted to go!

“It’s an extremely valuable experience and I recommend it to anyone interested,” Haley said. “My education from Globe helped a lot overseas. I was able to apply the technical skills I learned in the labs such as obtaining blood pressures with a doppler and drawing blood.”

Veterinary technology externship coordinator Jenna Goveronski worked with Globe to have this trip count as the students’ externship. Students in the veterinary technology program are required to fulfill an externship before they graduate.

Thailand Photo_1About Loop Abroad:

Loop Abroad’s trips are an opportunity for students to serve hands-on with greatly respected organizations, helping animals and children in a real way. Their programs are a chance for students to learn more about careers and subjects that interest them.

“Everyone always says that going abroad changes you, but I never believed them until I experienced it myself,” Haley said. “The loop Abroad staff were amazing. They went above and beyond every day for you, and I made life-long friends that live all over the country with the same interest in the animal field as me. It’s an experience I’ll take with me for the rest of my life.”

Haley said she decided to attend Globe because of the small class sizes and the high job placement.

“I love how everyone on staff really works hard to teach you what you need to know in the career field you choose and how to be successful,” Haley said.

When Haley graduates, she said she plans to work at the Inver Grove Heights Animal Hospital as a full-time veterinary technician. Beyond that, she would like to work part-time on the emergency side of veterinary medicine and eventually pursue a specialty to become a veterinary Thailand Photo_3technician specialist.

“I would also like to continue to go abroad as often as I can and do more conservation projects around the globe and continue to do my part in making a difference and working hard at something I’m passionate about,” Haley said. “Overall, this trip was an experience I’ll take with me for the rest of my life.”