Khun Theerasud Chaichalremwong our President
BRIGITTE and friends
SUD is our President
WIT, our Manager, nothing works without him...he can do anything and everything!
OW works at the house in Chaweng. He medicates the cats and dogs and helps cleaning in and outside of our house. He is able to give syringes, infusions and after talking to the doctor, to prescribe medication. He also is responsible for the photographs of the dogs and cats and because of this, he often stays at the shelter.
KIO works as the first doctor's assistant at the shelter. He is able to give injections, infusions and with the doctor's approval he is able to prescribe medication. He also has a driver's licence.
GUG works as the second doctor's assistant at the shelter. He is able to give injections, infusions and with the doctor's approval he is able to prescribe medication. He also has a drivers licence.
BOE works in the shelter in Baan Taling Ngam. He is in charge of cleaning the singleboxes (1 to 25) he has to give the dogs medicine and food twice a day and also takes care of the dogs in the outside compounds.
DAM is our cleaning lady for in the morning.
DAM has been working with us for a long time. She is very trustworthy.
DANG is from Burma and works in Bahn Taling Ngam. He helps Monti and is doing most repair work at the shelter. He also does the cleaning in Singleboxes.
JANA is from Burma. She works as a maid/cleaning lady here at our house. In the mornings, when DAM works here, Jana takes care of the cleaning and feeding of the cats in the house next door where we have a small cat quarantine station.
Until April 1999, there was no vet on Koh Samui. Animals died helplessly at the side of the road after accidents. Even small bite wounds could end in death because nobody cared for the wounds, and the dogs died slowly and painfully because of the maggots. The number of puppies born was immense and the Government conducted mass poisonings twice a year.
In April 1999, DRCS was officially founded and employed Dr Somsak.
When Dr Somsak became self-employed after a year, we hired two new vets
(Dr Sarawood and Dr Boy) who worked with us for about a year but their
performance waned over that time and we had to give them notice.
From January to March 2005, we had no vet so we worked with Dr Utit
Kamwut and Dr Sasiwimol Puthkhiew of the Samui Animal Hospital in Chaweng.
All emergencies and castrations were treated there. The cost of vet
services is very high on Koh Samui, hence the reason for hiring our
own vet again. In some other regions of Thailand, castrations are
about half of what they cost on Koh Samui, but we are at the mercy of
the vets here and, if we want to help the animals, we have to pay the
very high vet fees. A castration costs about 30 Euro at the Animal
Hospital and Dr Somsak charges the same. I thought that prices would
go down after more vets started up their businesses, but that was wishful thinking.
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As almost all of our helpers were trained by Dr Jo, they are able to set up infusions, give injections and medication, so we can carry out many procedures without a vet. This saved a lot of money during the time we had no vet. Many thanks to Dr Jo for his very good training of our helpers.
It was not easy to find a new doctor for DRCS. Dr Pradjak seemed very suitable but only stayed for a week until he realised he was not up to the task. He told us he had 10 years’ experience. I don’t know what he meant by ‘experience’ but it was not in the neutering of dogs and cats, or in the recognition of illnesses. First, he rearranged the whole surgery and then installed the television! He could not explain exactly why he needed a television in the surgery but I suspect he put the sofa in there in the evenings as that’s the only room in the building with air conditioning. When I asked why the surgical lights were no longer above the operating table, he didn’t seem to care. After that, he and I decided to separate! I do not know what kind of ideas Thais sometimes have. It still surprises me! It had taken several weeks to recruit Dr Pradjak and, after realising he was not the right person, we had to re-advertise as all the previous applicants had found other jobs.
On 1 April 2005, Jukavuth Somboon (Dr Tom) started working with us. He seemed very good and was able to work quickly to carry out six castrations a day. He was highly motivated and tried to accomplish his tasks here. If he wasn't quite sure about a diagnosis, he read about it in books in the evenings.
Dr Tom was 24 years old when he came to us, from the Province of Roiet in Isan, and newly graduated from the Konkaen University in Bangkok. Dr Somsak was also newly graduated six years ago when he started with us and he became a good vet in a very short time. The helpers are trained very well and supported Dr Tom in many ways.
Unfortunately, Dr Tom wasn´t able to cope with the work at the DRCS and gave notice after 6 months. Due to his shyness, he had trouble delegating work and, therefore, carried out a lot of tasks himself which are the duties of the other staff. It was simply too much for him.
Thanks to our manager, Wit, we found a successor quickly. Dr Sith (Teesith Pengvithaya) is 30 years old when he started and already had 6 years' experience. He started work at DRCS on 8 November 2005. The first impression was very good as he was able to delegate work. Furthermore, he is the neatest doctor DRCS has ever had! The operation room has never been so clean!
Dr Sid has a big heart for animals. He was the first of our vets to put T-shirts on the sick dogs. He's also got the the little puppies teddy bears. Sooooo cute! During the rainy season, a T-shirt is a great thing
Dr. SITH is still working with us (July 2013) and we are very happy with his work.
The Team 2013