Rodarick Simon: Create Your Future

Maybe it is those big round eyes and boyish face, Rodarick exudes a child-like enthusiasm that is quite infectious. It lightens the mood and puts people at ease.

Then watching him at the clinic, ever ready to help and always a step ahead, you see a man who knows what he is doing. Not only at work. But also in his personal life.

WHEN I WAS YOUNGER, I WANTED TO BE A SOLDIER.

Unfortunately, my height (or lack of) dashed my dream of becoming a soldier. At that time, we had many farm animals and pets back home. I had 8 dogs and many birds. My dad advised me to study veterinary medicine. He saw a bright future for me if I become a vet.

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During the course, I fell in love with the animals that surrounded me. I worked as a vet in Philippines for about 4 years before setting foot in Singapore to broaden my knowledge and gain more work experience.

Expect the unexpected when you work in an animal clinic. You never know what case is going to turn up!

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Baby leopard injured his claws in one of the zoos in Philippines.

OUR CLIENTS LOVE THEIR PETS DEARLY. 

The most important thing is to acknowledge our clients’ concerns and suggestions. I make sure I have specific details of the situations. When I answer their questions, I use words that are thoughtful and easy to understand.

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It’s always a joy to see the whole family involved in their pet’s life. Dachi’s family came to bring her home after her spay.

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 MY TEAM IS LIKE MY FAMILY!

The whole team at Mount Pleasant Animal Medical Centre (Bedok) is so friendly, understanding and positive! They are like my family in Singapore.

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At one of their regular team bonding outings!

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Jasmine, Shuyin, Dr Chan Munling, Karen, Rodarick, Dr Jane Teo, Tricia, Jenie at Farrer branch’s grand opening.

I’M A SIMPLE, JOLLY, COOL GUY.

I’m willing to face any challenges in life. I’m sometimes funny, sometimes annoying. But serious at the right times, especially at work.

I enjoy taekwondo and badminton. On my off days, I sometimes cycle, window shop or watch documentaries. I enjoy travelling too!

MY DREAM NOW IS TO SET UP A SMALL FARM.

My dream now is to set up a small farm in my home town in Philippines to create jobs for our community. And of course, to support my family as well.

Rodarick with YY, adopted by fellow colleague Jasmine.

It takes courage and faith to leave one’s family behind so that you can give them brighter days ahead. Ask Rodarick what is the best way to predict the future, I think he would most likely reply, “Go create it!”

To that, we won’t disagree.

And Rodarick, we are glad you did not become a soldier.