I had many opportunities to go on different mission trips through Christian Veterinary Mission when I was at the veterinary college at Auburn University. When I read about a trip to India, I immediately knew that is where I belonged. I had never been out of the country before, so I knew I was in for a surprise and quite a culture shock.
It was a trip that I almost can’t describe. The people, the country, the cities, the animals, the culture… it was all amazing.
I was there for eight days. I went through Christian Veterinary Mission and the India Gospel League. The league completely took care of us when we were there and I felt very safe, yet I got to experience so many aspects of southern Indian life.
We visited the city of Salem and also traveled to five different very rural villages to provide veterinary care. We treated dogs, goats, cows, water buffalos, some bunnies, chickens, and one cat. It was a very interesting trip from the veterinary perspective because you really don’t have many supplies to work with and forget diagnostics!
Other highlights of the trip included interacting with the children in the orphanage located at the Indian Gospel League’s base camp where we stayed in the evenings. I also enjoyed meeting the local people, communicating with them without knowing their language, and experiencing their incredible hospitality. It was a trip I will never forget and I am looking forward to returning to the beautiful country of India.
Class of 2011