To moms, the bell of happiness must sound like children laughing. And perhaps snoring (peace)! Today we celebrate Dr Clara Chua from Mount Pleasant (Changi) who beams with joy and pride of motherhood. Happy Mother’s Day Dr Clara. Cheers to caffeine!
Why did u choose to be a vet?
I was given 6 chicks when I was 12. They were my first pets. Raising them, I felt empathy for animals. It was then that I decided I wanted a career working with animals. And became vegetarian too!
What is the greatest joy and challenge at work?
I’m most happy when sick pets who are brought in become better. Helping our patients improve and making their owners happy makes me happy. Conversely, when our patients don’t improve despite our best efforts to treat them and we start questioning whether they are suffering in spite of what we are doing – emotionally, it’s a hard situation to be in.
What is the toughest part of being a working mom?
Coping with lack of sleep – just gotta up the caffeine! I’m fortunate to be able to work part-time so I get to spend more time with my daughter in her early years. I’m also fortunate to be able to leave her with my family on my work days. The rest of the time, my husband helps me out whenever he can.
what is your sweetest memories of motherhood?
Emma’s laughter is the sweetest thing! She’s not a ticklish baby so we really enjoy those rare moments when she finds something that is funny and laughs.
any advice for young married women?
Have children whilst you’re young. The fountain of youth will help cope with reduced hours of sleep and a strong healthy body helps with carrying (the equivalent of) a sack of rice for extended periods of time!