Our veterinary team in Thailand will bring you to meet Mosha, the first elephant with a prosthetic leg! Learn her story from the veterinary team who cares for her at the Friends of the Asian Elephant hospital.
Join our One Health prosthetics course to learn how to use engineering principles and design processes to solve health problems for humans and animals alike! Refine your creativity, critical thinking, and complex problem-solving skills as you develop prosthetic technologies that are so essential to restoring normal anatomical function and quality of life.
You will start by studying the foundations of bioengineering, biomechanics, and joint loading. Then apply these principles to understand human and animal prosthetics. Learn directly from the vets, engineers, and doctors who design and build prosthetics every day in their practice – whether it’s a prosthetic leg for an elephant, a 3-D printed beak for a toucan, a wheelchair for a paraplegic dog, or the many prosthetics used by human amputees.
To conclude the course, you’ll design and build a prosthesis of your own for one of our dog cases at the Elephant Nature Park in Thailand where unfortunately many rescued dogs have one or more broken legs having been hit by trucks in jungle villages.
In this course, we are striving together to improve the lives of animal patients at our partner organizations and to provide an outstanding learning opportunity for students and professionals interested in the intersections of technology and human and animal medicine.
In fact, we’re so excited about this course’s potential that we are sponsoring one student to go to Thailand to join our in-person program and get exclusive access to the prosthetics factory where the elephant prosthesis are made.
Spring Session: March 1 to April 10
Summer Session: May 31 to July 9
This course involves 60 total hours between lectures, live sessions, and independent work:
Join our private FB group where you can post questions and connect directly with your instructor as well as our distinguished guest speakers.
Lauren Houle, PT, DPT, MPO, CPO – Dr. Houle is a physical therapist and Certified Prosthetist Orthotist working in Boston. She will be your lead instructor, walking you through the principles and applications of biomedical engineering with both human medical and veterinary applications.
We have outstanding guest lecturers from around the world with expertise in prosthetics for tons of different species!
Derrick Campana – Dr Campana is a prosthetics expert and pioneer in the animal prosthetic products industry. He has practiced with camels, goats, sheep, goats, dogs, llamas, elephants. You can see him featured on Animal Planet and TEDx.
Max Polyak, DVM – Dr Polyak is a veterinarian specializing in sea turtles working at the Loggerhead MarineLife Center in Florida, one of the busiest sea turtle hospitals in the world. He will discuss prosthetic applications in sea turtles.
Beremiz Sánchez, DVM – Dr Sanchez (@ortopedia_veterinaria) is a veterinary orthopedic surgeon in Mexico City who specializes in helping exotic species in the illegal wildlife trade. He will present on his 3-D printable beaks for injured toucans.
Erica Ward, DVM – Dr Ward is an elephant veterinarian with significant experience in Thailand, South Africa, and Australia. She will discuss the challenges of working with elephants as well as the ethical and cultural dimensions of medical practice.
Roberto Fecchio (DVM) – Dr Fecchio is a wildlife veterinarian practicing in Brazil and has experience with prosthetics in a variety of species as well as a specialty in dentistry.
Albertus Coetzee – “Ab” is the creator of @projectwildsa through which he helps with and documents wildlife rehabilitation. He will be discussing the prosthetic leg he built for Achilles at the Little Rhino Orphanage in South Africa.
Since COVID-19 has disrupted many students’ travel and educational plans, we are heavily discounting tuition to help students meet their goals.
There are no additional readings, technology subscriptions, or course materials you have to purchase to participate in this fellowship. University credit is not offered with this internship.
"I'm so thankful that I did this fellowship. It was more than I thought I was getting into, but it was definitely worth all of it!"
Cassidy F., Zoo Research Fellowship Online 2020
The Ohio State University