The Thailand College Veterinary Service program was everything I'd hoped it would be- and more. It was my first experience studying abroad- and my first time leaving the continent in general. Although my parents and I had our concerns initially, they soon evaporated. The Loop staff was wonderful at answering our questions and giving us the information we needed to know. They were very thorough, and made me feel cared for before and during the trip.
As for the trip itself, I don't know what other pre-veterinary study abroad programs give you so much hands-on experience! I feel very grateful that as a first-year college undergraduate, I was able to perform a spay and neuter (alongside vets), help an anesthesia team with other spays and neuters, learn how to insert a catheter, feed elephants (and study their diets and waste), and more. We were also given a lot of exposure to Thai culture- visiting night markets and temples, meditating with a monk, visiting children at a local school, and taking part in local ceremonies- which showed me just how beautiful this country is. Overall, I've made memories on this trip that I hope will last a lifetime, and I strongly recommend it to anyone interested in becoming a vet and learning about a beautiful country.