Update: African swine fever spreads into Southeast Asia

African swine fever (ASF), a viral and devastating disease to pigs but harmless to humans, has crossed borders into additional countries in Southeast Asia.

Last February, public health authorities reported multiple ASF cases spreading from China into Vietnam, forcing pork producers to make the call on millions of animals.

Later in April, the virus made […]

A permanent place: MSU alum newest vet at Thailand’s Elephant Nature Park

Erica and Mae Tee (Photo courtesy of Erica Ward).

Big changes are coming for Erica Ward.

The Fowlerville, Mich. native, who recently graduated from Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, is the newest staff veterinarian at Thailand’s Elephant Nature Park (ENP), where she’s volunteered for several years.

She first traveled to the park, […]

A life-changing journey: MSU vet student works with elephants in Thailand

Erica with six-year-old Fa Mai, who was born at the Elephant Nature Park.Photo courtesy of Erica Ward.

Although her second trip to Thailand is over, it’s only the beginning for Erica Ward.

The Michigan State University vet student recently returned from her second stint at Thailand’s Elephant Nature Park, a haven for elephants and […]

Warm, not-so-fuzzy, and gigantic: Neogen donation to MSU student to help elephants in Thailand

Erica and Mae Tee (Photo courtesy of Erica Ward).

Neogen’s Pro-Flex is going to the elephants.

And the dogs. And the cats. And the horses. And…a black bear?

Neogen has donated 20 boxes, or 360 rolls, of Pro-Flex to a group of preveterinary and veterinary students who are traveling to Thailand this spring and […]