Dr Ann Derburg arrived in Laos in february 2015. She will replace Dr Emmanuelle Chave, who is leaving in march after two years with ElefantAsia in Laos. They will work together for one month so that the transition takes place smoothly.
The first emergency mission occurs a couple of days later. A camp near Luang-Prabang called for an elephant with diarrhea and colic. The clinical exam proved otherwise : this animal was suffering from intestinal obstruction after having been feed too much high fiber food in a short time span. We really feared for her life. After three days of appropriate veterinary care she improved markedly. We followed up by telephone, and she is doing well. Feeding at the camp will be revised accordingly.