Nelson Lee: Be Who You Really Are

This young man seemed an unlikely candidate for Vet Nurse. He studied Biomedical Engineering. Has no experience working with animals. And used to be afraid of dogs!

HOW DID YOU start WORKING WITH MOUNT PLEASANT?

I have always loved animals. After graduation, I knew I wanted to work with animals. So I searched through the employment ads, was interviewed by Dr Heng and landed the job with Mount Pleasant Animal Medical Centre about a year ago.

WE HEAR THAT YOU used to be FEARFUL OF DOGS. IS THAT TRUE? 

Yes! I am more of a cat person. Whenever I am free, I feed and spend time with the community cats in my neighbourhood. There is this very friendly stray cat living at the void deck of my girlfriend’s flat. It didn’t take us long to decide to adopt him!

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Dong Dong now stays with Nelson’s girlfriend.

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Nelson likes birds as well. This little one was fortunate to be rescued, hand fed & then released back to the wild.

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Feeding the rainbow lorikeets at Jurong Bird Park.

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Having Big Man around would help anyone, including Nelson, overcome any fear of dogs! Big Man is the most handsome & heroic resident at Mount Pleasant Animal Medical Centre (Farrer).

WHAT KEEPS YOU GOING AT WORK?

I am fortunate to have very experienced Vet Technicians to guide me from day one. They taught me many things , way beyond feeding and cleaning.

What keeps me going? My passion for animals. And knowing that I’m able to lighten the workload of my colleagues! Learning never stops. There is always something different and interesting to experience every day.

Working at a vet clinic can be emotionally challenging. how do you handle a difficult day?

Usually when I’m doing something, I will think about my next task. This keeps my mind occupied so I won’t dwell on the difficulties of that day. 

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so there is this little kitten who caught your eye…..

Few weeks ago, a rescue group brought in a stray kitten who was bitten by a dog. He could not walk on his hind legs. Due to constraint of resources, his rescuer did consider euthanasia. We decided to keep him. I named him Flash. We massage his legs daily and he is steadily regaining mobility. Hopefully one day he will be running fast like Flash!IMG_3908

Due to the injury, Flash has problems pooling on his own. Emz shows Nelson how to express Flash's bowel daily.

Because of his injury, Flash has problems pooing on his own. Emz shows Nelson how to express Flash’s bowel daily.

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“This old lady used to bring her old cat for reviews regularly. Recently her cat passed away & she gave me a lovely hand-made cat carrier. When Flash is better & can be left alone for longer periods of time, I hope to bring him home. In that hand-made carrier.”

Nelson is proof that the most important qualification for any job is not a certificate, connections or even years of experience. As Dr Heng Yee Ling believes, the right person is someone honest. Sincere. And doesn’t pretend to be who he is not.

No matter how tough the day gets, you don’t have to struggle alone. Honour your strengths and weaknesses. Learn to work as a team.

Here are the great folks from Mount Pleasant Animal Medical Centre (Farrer) at their team bonding day!

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[FRONT] – Dr Daphne Low [MID] – Nelson, Michelle, Dr Joanna Goh, Thelma, Dr Heng Yee Ling, Big Man acting shy in new tee, Emz [BACK] – Dr Ang Yilin, Bryan, Cary

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Dr Heng and team used to be at Redhill. Now they are located at Mount Pleasant Animal Medical Centre (Farrer), HDB Block 3, Queen’s Road, #02-141, S260003. Next to Farrer Road MRT station (Circle Line) and opposite St Margaret’s Secondary School. See hi to Big Man when you visit!