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An Elephant Healthcare and Welfare Workshop for 
Practicing Veterinarians in India

27 February to 4 March, 2023

Location: Wildlife SOS Hospital Campus

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Our week-long workshop is designed for intermediate level professional veterinarians working in India who have direct, hands-on veterinary experience with captive elephants.  

This workshop will take place at the Wildlife SOS Elephant Hospital Campus in Mathura in partnership with Wildlife SOS,  Elephant Care International and Work for Wild Life International

It is offered to qualifying veterinarians and includes all workshop instruction, materials, supplies, meals and lodging. To ensure quality, this workshop is limited to 16 participants who will be invited to submit an application and will be selected by Wildlife SOS staff.

A wide range of workshop topics will be explored utilizing lectures, labs, field work, group participation, and other hands-on learning techniques. You’ll have opportunities to share your case studies with workshop participants and instructors.

You'll learn a wide variety of skills and gain pertinent knowledge from our elephant health and welfare experts, including veterinarians Dr. Susan Mikota and Dr. Willem Schafternaar, Dr. Janine Brown, and Wildlife SOS’ skilled veterinarians.

(See profiles below).


Together, our team* offers decades of combined practical experience in captive elephant healthcare and management to help you better understand and care for your elephants in ways that support their wellbeing.

*Meet Our Team

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(Note: Topics may vary slightly depending on participants' needs)

  • Anatomy

  • Reproduction (including disorders) 

  • Geriatric Issues (arthritis/mobility, dental, pain, etc.) 

  • Dental Issues/Treatment 

  • Pain Management 

  • Wound Care 

  • Skin Disorders 

  • Musth Management 

  • Gastrointestinal Disorders  

  • Foot Conditions 

  • Eye Disorders 

  • Tuberculosis 

  • General Welfare (quality of life) 

  • Postmortem Forensic Procedures 

  • Drawing Blood 

  • Analyzing Blood 

  • Urinalysis 

  • Ultrasound Techniques

  • Impact of Climate Change on Elephants

  • And more

Workshop Training Topics


Susan Mikota, DVM ~ USA


Dr. Susan Mikota is co-founder and Director of Veterinary Programs and Research, Elephant Care International. She is a member of the Asian Elephant Specialist Group and a Diplomate of the American College of Animal Welfare (ACAW). She co-edited the textbook Biology, Medicine, and Surgery of Elephants (with Murray Fowler DVM).


Susan created and maintains the world’s largest elephant bibliographic database on elephant healthcare and with Donald C. Plumb, Pharm D. has published the first elephant formulary. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for her work with Sumatran elephants.  

Recent projects include the ElephantCARE ASIA Workshop (Myanmar, 2018), the EleVETS Training Workshop (Sri Lanka, 2017), the COVID-19 Elephant Health and Welfare Emergency Lifeline Fund (2020-2022), and Pathology Training for Elephant Veterinarians, Managers and Forest Police in Myanmar (2019), in addition to many elephant health camps and TB surveillance and mitigation initiatives in Nepal.


Willem Schaftenaar, DVM ~ The Netherlands


Dr. Willem Schaftenaar is associate researcher of Elephant Care International. In the first nine years of his veterinary career he worked in 3 African countries in several development aid projects. The following 30 years he was zoo veterinarian at Rotterdam Zoo, where he always tried to find a balance between clinical work and scientific research. He has been author and coauthor of more than 70 publications and presentations.


Since 2005 Willem has been the vet advisor for the European elephant Taxon Advisory Group. He is the European representative of the EEHV Advisory Group. He is also advisor for EEHV-research at the Veterinary Faculty in Utrecht (NL). Since 2015 he has been supporting the Dak Lak Elephant Conservation Center in Vietnam (clinical work, breeding program, on the spot veterinary training). Willem participated in the ElephantCARE ASIA Workshop in Myanmar (2018) and the workshop Pathology Training for Elephant Veterinarians, Managers and Forest Police in Myanmar (2019) as an instructor, and created Elephant Medicine—an online platform for veterinarians and caretakers working with elephants.

Janine Brown, PhD ~ USA and Thailand


Dr. Janine L. Brown is a Research Physiologist with over 35 years of experience conducting wildlife research throughout the world. She heads the Endocrine Research Laboratory at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia, and works towards increasing knowledge that will lead to better management, welfare, and conservation of endangered species, particularly elephants.


She has developed techniques to measure hormones and other biomarkers in serum, plasma, urine, feces, hair and saliva of dozens of species, and in doing so has amassed an extensive database demonstrating the diversity of reproductive, health and stress response mechanisms that exist in the natural world. Janine was instrumental in supporting the health of hundreds of captive elephants during the pandemic through the COVID-19 Elephant Health and Welfare Emergency Lifeline Fund (2020-2022).


Hollis Burbank-Hammarlund ~ USA


Founder and director of Work for Wild Life International, Hollis Burbank-Hammarlund collaborates with NGOs and individuals to initiate, plan, support, and manage elephant health and welfare projects in Asia.


Hollis holds a B.S. degree in Environmental Studies and an M.R.P in Regional Planning. Recent projects include Everything Elephants (Myanmar, 2019), the ElephantCARE ASIA Workshop (Myanmar, 2018), the EleVETS Training Workshop (Sri Lanka, 2017), and the COVID-19 Elephant Health and Welfare Emergency Lifeline Fund (2020-2022).

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