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Practice in a Teaching Hospital: Mahidol University of Thailand

Walasinee Moonarmart, DVM, PhD

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In this installment of Practice Profile, Walasinee Moonarmart, DVM, PhD, lecturer in small animal internal medicine for the Faculty of Veterinary Science at Mahidol University, describes her practice, Prasu-Arthorn Animal Hospital.

Prasu-Arthorn Animal Hospital, a teaching facility, is part of Mahidol University, Thailand, and is located at its Salaya Campus, in a suburb about 30 kilometers west of Bangkok. The hospital, which opened its doors in January 2004 and is directed by Dr. Phingphol Charoonrut, provides service to small animals, horses, exotic pets, and aquatic animals. Both primary care and referral services are offered. Our staff comprises 38 full-time veterinarians, 40 veterinary assistants, 4 veterinary technicians in the in-house laboratory, and 27 administrative workers.

Hospital Services

The hospital is open every day and has units dedicated to consultation, surgery, and diagnostic imaging as well as overnight service as needed for hospitalized patients, critical care, and an in-house laboratory. We have 8 consultation rooms for dogs and cats, and one each for exotic animals, cardiorespiratory care, ophthalmology, neurology, dermatology, theriogenology, and orthopedics. Our surgery unit is very busy, with a long waiting list of patients despite its 5 theaters for soft tissue, orthopedic, ophthalmologic, dental, and neurologic surgery. The diagnostic imaging service offers digital radiography, fluoroscopy, ultrasound (one for non-echocardiography, the other for echocardiography), endoscopy, electrocardiography, and other studies. Unfortunately, we do not have CT, MRI, or radiotherapy equipment and must refer to Kasetsart University Teaching Hospital in the north of Bangkok for these services. Our in-house laboratory unit runs hematology, serum chemistry, and blood gas analysis routinely. Other laboratory tests are sent out to laboratories offered at other university sites or, depending on the test, to a private laboratory.

Teaching Combined with Veterinary Care

The hospital offers veterinary teaching services as well as patient care. Groups of students, from both Mahidol University and other universities in Thailand and Southeast Asia, rotate through various departments all year. Students spend time in our hospital to fulfill their clinical skills requirements in accordance with year of study. They can request additional practice activities during their free time as well.

Future Extension Service

To accommodate the burgeoning caseload of both primary care cases and referrals, the hospital plans to expand. Buildings devoted to primary care are under construction in the north of the campus and will open for service in 2015. The current facilities will provide referral services exclusively. With this expansion, we hope to improve our services and provide the best training for veterinarians in Thailand and neighboring countries.

The author wishes to thank Dr. Phingphol Charoonrut, who kindly provided information for this feature.

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