“We protect only what we love. And we love only what we understand.” To love any person or animal, to create great art of any kind, you first have to be vulnerable. Today we say THANK YOU to Ai Lin and Dionne, two strong and seriously artistic ladies from Mount Pleasant Vet Centre (Mandai) who aren’t afraid to open their hearts and use their gifts. For all to see!
“Animals really capture my heart because they are very pure & true. They always show how they feel & never try to hide any emotions from you.” ~ Ai Lin
“When I was young, I was fascinated with stray cats. But other than the occasional cats I encountered, I did not have much experience with animals. I then forgot about animals & started studying design & animation.”
“When I started working at the Night Safari & was spending more time with animals again, I realise I want to spend the rest of my life around animals. On April Fool’s Day 2013, I joined Mount Pleasant Vet Centre (Mandai), when it was still named AMK Veterinary Surgery.”
“The most rewarding part of my job is when our patients leave our clinic healthy & happy. When stray & lost animals are rehabilitated & find themselves good homes.” With Pickles the 13-year-old Sheltie given up by his family & Faye the resident meow. Pickles has moved to a potential adopter’s home.
With Titbit, a rescued community kitten.
It can be difficult to convince owners that sometimes, euthanasia is the better solution. Many people do not understand and reject the idea immediately, convinced it is a cruel and evil thing to do. They do not understand the pain the animal is going through and how we feel when we see the animals suffering. Every minute and everyday.
“Urbanisation & rapid development have caused a lot of problems for wildlife & stray animals. I think it is only right that, now, we help them as much as we can. If I can do anything in the world, I would work in a wildlife rehab centre. To help wildlife get better & eventually return them to where they belong.”
I am inspired by the quote “We protect only what we love. And we love only what we understand”. A lot of the people I know have gone on to do amazing work helping wildlife and strays in any way they can. Seeing their work inspires me every time.
“I do some crafts on my free time & sell them at DIY markets. The money from my crafts goes to my cats & wildlife shelters.” Ai Lin is gifted at crafts & graphic design. When you visit us at Mount Pleasant (Mandai), you will see this lovely piece designed by Ai Lin at the waiting area. Plus all the awesome handcrafted cat houses for our residents & patients!
“As a little girl, I wanted to be a vet when I grow up. Due to my family’s financial constraints, I moved on to a career in customer service but this dream was always at the back of my mind, bugging me. So one day, some 8 years ago with the passing of my first dog, I decided on a complete career switch & haven’t looked back since.” ~ Dionne with Earl Grey, a rescued community cat who now has a great home.
“One reason was to follow my heart & my childhood dream. The other is – I felt I could’ve been a better owner to my dog, so I was driven to learn more about proper animal care before I have another dog. I wanted to educate owners & help them be better caregivers, reduce negligence & increase the pets’ well-being.” Meepie, one of Dionne’s dogs.
Gino, Dionne’s second dog.
“I joined Mount Pleasant (Mandai) in April 2015. The most rewarding part of my job is definitely when our patients make significant recovery. Especially those we thought wouldn’t make it & they suddenly perked up & started eating. That’s what drives me. Spending so much time with animals has taught me a lot about gratitude, resilience & the power a little TLC – to transform a petrified inappetent animal cowering in a corner into one who is trusting, flourishing & super affectionate.”
“The most frustrating part of my job would probably be witnessing abandonment & severe neglect on the owner’s part (e.g. ingrown nails, severely matted fur, massive maggot wounds left untreated).”
“These, in turn, contribute to the emotional & mental strain we have to endure. After many years as a vet tech, the physical strain can take its toll as well.”
“If I can do anything in the world, I would still choose to fulfil my childhood passions to be a Veterinary Technician & a watercolor artist, painting pets & wildlife! Both bring so much fulfilment & meaning to my life.”
We have some seriously gifted colleagues amongst us! Half Pint, Dr Gloria Lee’s cat, comes to life under the expressive brush strokes of Dionne.
“I never ever want to stop learning & improving myself. I’ve always believed that nothing is impossible & I could be whatever I wanted to be. If there was something I set my heart on, I would dive straight into it, especially if I see value in how it would enhance my life, well-being & sense of purpose.” At her first painting class.
I read a ton of books when I was young. Apart from my massive Enid Blyton collection, the rest were non-fiction and most were related to Psychology. This year, I decided to pursue my other childhood interest by taking up Diplomas in Positive Psychology, traditional Psychology and Psychotherapy. I’m working towards the Professional Diploma to become a certfied psychotherapist as my way of giving back to society. I had a pretty rough time growing up, so my main field of focus will be on adolescent girls, and both men and women who are struggling with body image issues and eating disorders.
My best friend sent me this quote because it reminded her of me: She believed she could, so she did. ~ R.S. Grey
Part of our Mount Pleasant (Mandai) family!
Formerly AMK Veterinary Surgery, now renamed Mount Pleasant Veterinary Centre (Mandai), this is one of our prettiest clinics which we share with a family of chickens & peacocks. Dr Gloria Lee & team at Mount Pleasant (Mandai) believe in helping community animals & the caregivers who are protecting them. The clinic also provides medical treatment for exotics & rescued wildlife, especially birds.