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A course in Asian Elephant Health, Reproduction and Breeding Management

Asian Elephants

The world's population of Asian elephants (Elephas maximus) is decreasing at an alarming rate and is listed as endangered by the IUCN. The total population of wild Asian elephants in the south and southeast Asian countries IS estimated to be between 35,000 - 50.000, The number of domesticated elephants in the 11 Asian elephant range countries was estimated at around 16,000 and numbers are also declining in parallel with the wild populations. In many countries, elephants are also maintained in elephant camps, zoological gardens, conservation parks, rehabilitation centres, elephant orphanages, Buddhist temples and in some countries as working elephants. To sustain this healthy captive population of elephants, it is essential to have an excellent knowledge of the health and reproductive issues of the Asian elephants.

The Course

This is an international training course on the management of the health, reproduction, breeding and welfare of Asian elephants. The course has two components, a stand-alone distance (online-based) course that is designed to provide you with background knowledge in elephant reproduction and health so that you will be able to fully engage with the one-week practical training course in Thailand.

The distance learning course is designed to provide participants with background knowledge in elephant anatomy, physiology, nutrition, management, reproduction, breeding, health and diseases. It will include interactive on-line discussions with tutors, quizzes, an individual assignment and a final assessment. It is designed to provide the knowledge necessary for participants to fully engage in and benefit from the on-site practical training course.

The on-site course will include one day of lecture/discussions at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University Chiang Mai, Thailand, followed by 4 days of practical training and demonstrations at the National Elephant Institute in Lampang, and Elephant Rehabilitation centre, Pang Lah, Thailand.

Course Dates

Online course (from home country) – 22nd April to 26th May 2019
Practical course (In Chiang Mai, Thailand) – 10th to 14th June 2019

Registration Registration, Welcome and introductions 22 - 26 April
Unit 1 Elephant Anatomy, Physiology, Nutrition and Management 27 April - 3 May
  • 1.1
  • 1.2
  • 1.3
  • Relevant Clinical Anatomy and Physiology
  • Nutrition and Feeding, Body Condition Scoring, Neonatal Care
  • Management / Preventive Care (Range Countries and Western Zoos)
Unit 2 Reproductive Anatomy, Physiology and Management 4 - 10 May
  • 2.1
  • 2.2
  • 2.3
  • The Female Elephant
  • The Male Elephant
  • Breeding and Parturition Management
Unit 3 Reproductive Monitoring, Semen Collection and AI 11 - 17 May
  • 3.1
  • 3.2
  • 3.3
  • 3.4
  • 3.5
  • 3.6
  • Endocrine Monitoring of Females
  • Endocrine Monitoring of Males
  • Semen Collection and Evaluation
  • Ultrasonography
  • Artificial Insemination
  • Conservation Genetics
Unit 4 Health, Diseases, Surveillance and Restraint 18 - 24 May
  • 4.1
  • 4.2
  • 4.3
  • 4.4
  • 4.5
  • Health and Physical Examination
  • Diagnostic Aids
  • Therapeutics
  • Disease (Non-Infectious Diseases and Infectious Diseases)
  • Restraint and Anaesthesia
Assessment Submission of Assignment Report & Test 25 - 26 May
Practical component Thailand: University of Chiang Mai, National elephant Institute (Lampang), Elephant Rehabilitation Center, Pang Lah (Programme available on request) 10 - 14 June


The registration fees for students and “Asian elephant range countries” participants" have been discounted and given below.

The number of places on both the distance learning and practical courses for participants from “Asian elephant range countries” and for students are limited. If you require further information regarding fees or any other details, please email your details to info@asiaelephanthealth.org


Download the registration form here

Deadline for the registration:
Monday 15th April 2019
subject to spaces still being available.

Course Fees Online Component Practical Component Combined Fees
Range Countries* £50 £250 £300
Students** £150 £500 £650
All other Non-range countries £400 £1000 £1400
* Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam, plus Singapore
**Need proof of Student ID
International Travel to Thailand Not Included
Airport Transfer from Chiang Mai Airport to Chiang Mai Not Included
Approx. cost 150 THB (Thai Bhat)
Internal Transport associated with the course Included
Transport after the course to Chiang Mai Included
Stay in Chaing Mai (9th and 10th) Not Included
Approx cost. 1600-1800 THB (Thai Bhat)/night for a single room. Cheaper options in guest-houses from 170 THB will be available for students and those on a more limited budget.
Stay at National Elephant Institute, Lampang (11th and 13th June) Included
Lunches during the course Included
Breakfast and evening meals at National Elephant Institute, Lampang Included

If you would like further information for the 2019 course please email: info@asiaelephanthealth.org.

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Partially Funded by Brian Nixon fund for the protection of Elephants in Thailand.