My time in Israel with the veterinarians at Hachaklait Vet Services exceeded all my expectations. I learned so much about the dairies, the animals and the dairy industry as a whole. I was given the opportunity to palpate many cows, collect urine for ketosis monitoring as well as monitor fresh cows and treat metritis. We also assessed and treated sick cows and calves on a daily basis. The veterinarians were patient and encouraging teachers and challenged me to obtain new skills. The farm’s owners and managers were also very willing to answer my many questions and even feed me on lucky occasions.
Beyond the veterinary side of things, I learned a lot about the industry, the culture, the religion and the immense history of Israel and its people. I never imagine how much I would learn in two weeks. The drives from farm to farm were fantastic and insightful, as the vets always let me pick their brain about Israel past and present. Everyone was very welcoming and helped me to explore the best of Israel when not working. The vets had lots of information and tips on where to eat, what to see and how to get there! I am so grateful for this experience and hope I will have the opportunity to return to Israel again sometime!