They say if you do what you love, you will never have to work a day in your life.
Sometimes, following your heart is not as easy as it sounds. Neither is it a guarantee that life will henceforth be a bed of roses. There will be good days and bad. Ups and downs. But at least, you are surrounded by like-minded people who share the same passion, the same hopes, the same doubts.
Whatever dream you are pursuing, don’t give up too soon. Great things take time.
At Mount Pleasant, we welcome local and international vet and vet tech students to learn from our teams across 9 centres. We too can pick up a thing or two from young ones like Samantha, who never takes ‘no’ for an answer!
“My parents always said ‘no’ to pets. My very first pet was a guinea pig which I brought home without first informing them. Recently, I adopted a bunny. Over time, my family grew to like my pets. Now mom will even buy veggies and treats for my bunny. Next, I’ll aim to adopt a cat!” ~ Samantha, 3rd Year Vet Tech Student, Temasek Polytechnic
“I love being with animals more than anything else. If possible, I never want them to be sick. But if they do fall ill, I want to be the one to help them.
Pets are not just animals. They are family. We will never love the pets as much as their guardians love them. When their lives are in our hands, we must do our very best to help them. For me, a vet is a defender of all animals.” ~ Pun
“Humans and animals speak different languages but we can still communicate with one another. To be a good vet, I must learn to understand an animal’s body language – the look in the animal’s eyes, tone of voice, position of ears and tail. If we pay attention to these signs, we can understand an animal’s emotions and intentions.” ~ Joy
“I want to make a difference in the lives of people and animals. To empower small-scale and organic farmers, and educate pet owners about proper care and training. Help ease pet suffering and reduce the problem of pet overpopulation and human diseases.
“My favourite TV programme is Animal Planet. I have always had dogs while growing up in Bangkok. To me, it is important to take care of animals because they cannot speak our language or tell us if they are unwell. They need us to understand and help them. This is why I decided to be a vet.
It takes 6 years to be a vet. I have to study very hard but I love it. I learn to be more patient, responsible and a better team mate.
The doctors and staff at Mount Pleasant have been very encouraging and taught me many things. I have seen many procedures in internal medicine and surgery I haven’t seen before, which I will share with my course mates back in Thailand. This opportunity has given me lots of motivation and inspiration to achieve my dream!” ~ Ben
Attachment and internship programmes are important to prepare veterinary and veterinary technology students for real-life situations in vet hospitals.
It is also a wonderful opportunity for us to encourage one another as we persevere in this challenging journey to be, and remain as, doctors and caregivers to the animals.