Happy National Vet Tech Week – Thank You Concordia!

On behalf of our big Mount Pleasant family, we wish Concordia and all vet techs and nurses around the world – HAPPY NATIONAL VET TECH WEEKThank you for all your hard work, strong stomachs and big loving hearts!


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“I joined Mount Pleasant on the day we opened Mount Pleasant Animal Hospital at Whitley – 12 May 1985.”

“Being with animals has always been a part of my life. Back home, we had dogs and cats. I helped to clean the small house of our chickens and feed them before school. Fattening the pigs in our backyard, 5 goats and cattle reared by another farmer.

I enjoyed watching them grow. When they were sold as food animals, I sometimes became reactive and emotional.”

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High school days (1st row, first from R).

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Concordia & fellow students at the university’s veterinary hospital (2nd row, first from L).

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“My parents inspire me. They are not degree holders but the values they instill in us – especially on the importance of education – I will remember forever.”

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“It is very rewarding when ultrasound examinations provide important diagnostic information for our vets to prescribe the best treatment quickly.”

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“I am happy when pets get well & families are relieved. It is frustrating when we have done our best but the outcome is not good.”

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With part of the team at Mount Pleasant Central Vet Clinic

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“I am a simple person, not very sociable but sincere with others. I put my heart & mind in whatever I do.”


Watch this space as we feature some of our vet techs, nurses and admin staff this month!

Dr Simon Quek: Happy Father’s Day!

They say dads are a daughter’s first love. And a son’s first hero. This weekend, we send our highest regards to all fathers and celebrate the ever youthful Dr Simon Quek who shows us the best way to teach our children is to lead by example. Breathing the values of commitment and perseverance. Running after your dreams. And never letting go of your wife’s hand. Happy Father’s Day!


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from showing to healing 

Dr Quek was showing dogs at dog shows during his teenage years. After junior college, he made up his mind to be a veterinarian.

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“The most challenging part of my job is telling families that their time with their pets is up. The most gratifying part is seeing previously itchy dogs stop scratching & having a better quality of life.”

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Dr Quek has a strong interest in veterinary dermatology

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A common cause of itchy skin in pets is allergies. At Pet Expo 2016, Dr Quek spoke about environmental & food allergies as well as intradermal skin testing which is available at Mount Pleasant Animal Medical Centre (Clementi).

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Team bonding!

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A career as a veterinarian takes up  a lot of time and energy. It is hard work and heart work, which you can’t just leave at your  desk at the end of a day. To remain in this vocation – and not sink into compassion fatigue – family support is very important.

“I have a fantastic wife who understands that the working hours of my job can be unpredictable. She doesn’t make a fuss if I get held up.”

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Dr Simon Quek with his wife Pei Shih. Holding hands for more than 20 years!

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Vacation at Stonehenge

Always make time to date each other. Without the kids!

Always make time to date each other. Without the kids!

And never stop celebrating all the memorable occasions in life.

And never stop celebrating the memorable occasions in life.

work hard for your dreams

When you teach your son, you teach your son’s son. Dr Quek believes in working hard for your dreams and also appreciates the beauty of failure.

“They need to learn how to fail because it is in failing that you learn to pick yourself up.” 

What better way to foster a never-give-up spirit than practising a sport or musical instrument?

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Older son Sebastian takes up music & has represented his school in overseas band performances.

Younger son Benedict takes up Taekwondo & has attained black belt.

Younger son Benedict takes up Taekwondo & has since attained black belt.

Besides treating animals, Dr Quek loves to capture birds – on camera. 

6 years ago, I saw a friend’s bird photographs and said ‘Wow! How can I be missing out on all these amazing birds.’ I bought a second hand 500mm lens, took my first bird photos and got hooked.”

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Bird photography at Borneo Rainforest Lodge.

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Some of Dr Quek’s spectacular photos have been featured in calendars to raise funds for charity

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you can do it

Whatever you put your mind to, at whatever age, you can do it. Although Dr Quek jokes that taking part in Ironman is due to mid life crisis, it shows the level of determination and fighting spirit in him. 

“I’m currently taking part in half Ironman races. I participate to complete, not compete.”

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Half Ironman 70.3 Philippines

Half Ironman finisher at Cebu, Philippines.

Hard earned medal at Half Ironman, Cebu, Philippines.

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Completing Ironman 70.3 Vietnam!

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Benedict, dad’s biggest supporter!

pace yourself

“Just as in Ironman races, you need to pace yourself in life and career. Strike a balance between work, family and hobbies, otherwise you might just burn out.”

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Make time to get away as a family & explore the world.

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Boys will be boys! Bonding through shared hobbies.

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F1 qualifiers with the boys. Dr Quek says if he is not a veterinarian, he would probably be a race car driver!

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Three generations plus a Fluffy

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At the end of the day, it’s not about the number of hours you sink into work, the accolades received or how fast you rise in rank. Everything is more meaningful when you have a loving family to come home to. Happy Father’s Day, Dr Quek!

Mabel Cheah: Toughing It Out

The hospital is one of the toughest places to work in.

We do our best for our patients. We make the kindest decisions for those we cannot save. We grieve with a family who just lost their old friend. We laugh with a couple who got a new kitten.

We feel all kinds of emotions but cannot get too emotional.

I guess that’s what it means to “tough it out”. No matter what the weather. Or how you feel. We wake up every morning to do the things that need to be done. 


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when did you join the mount pleasant family?

When I was younger, I always brought my pets to the vets at Mount Pleasant. After graduating from Otago Polytechnic (New Zealand), I was offered a job in a vet clinic. A year later, in 2011, I joined Mount Pleasant and have never left! 

What makes me stay? Definitely the team I’m working with. The best part is making some really good friends, learning from my team mates and being able to do so much more for our patients. 

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Concordia, Rosemarie, Verg, Annie, Amanda, Mabel with Dags & Bow, the beloved residents of Mount Pleasant Central Veterinary Clinic!

Working in a vet clinic can be very emotional. How do you cope?

Usually I’ll cry when it comes to coping with loss or helplessness or when I’m feeling extremely frustrated. I need to get it out of my system before I can think straight. I try to look at things from all directions and make sense of it. To de-stress, I surf the internet with my cats lying around or on me!

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Kitties! Mia, Momo, Puck & Milly.

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Momo & Mia all grown up, with foster kitty Astro.

Astro loves Momo!

Astro loves Momo!

have you always wanted to work with animals?

From the time I was 16, I knew what I want to do when I grow up. It was either F&B, sports (I was a runner in my school days) or animals. I eventually chose animals because I couldn’t see myself in sports or F&B when I get older.

If I could be anything in the world, I would be a surgeon. I enjoy the adrenaline rush!

do you remember your very first pet?

Coffee joined our family when I was just 3. We grew up together. After my elder sisters left Singapore to study in New Zealand, Coffee and I grew even closer. I loved Coffee a lot. It was really hard when I had to let her go. She was a huge part of my childhood. I don’t think I can ever find another dog like her.

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Do you consider yourself brave?

I think being brave is to choose and be so sure about what you want to do in life.

The good thing about me (sometimes the down side too) is that I can be extremely patient. Life is tough. That’s just how it is. I do not waste time sulking or complaining. When things are rough, I will tough it out till it is over.

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As they say, “tough times never last, tough people do”. We hope Mabel will “tough it out” with our Mount Pleasant family for many many more years to come!


Meet the rest of the family at Mount Pleasant Central Veterinary Clinic (Whitley)!
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Dr Cheryl Ho

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Dr Lesley Teo with her cat Mika

Dr Estella Liew with her dog Mason

Dr Estella Liew with her dog Mason

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Daffin, Eunice, Janice with Hoki & Mason

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Marc, Song & Vanessa with Panda

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The big family at Mount Pleasant Central Veterinary Clinic (Whitley)!

Children & Pets Can Live Together – Safely & Happily!

Looking after children and pets is a lot of hard work. But not an impossible task. Dr Chan Mun Ling shares her personal experiences, benefits of having pets, managing allergies and the life lessons children learn when we keep our promises, even when the going gets tough.

Because pets are family. And families stay together.


Keeping a pet is big decision that impacts the entire family. It is a commitment to care for and love your pets for the rest of their lives. The most common pets that kids grow up with are dogs, cats, rabbits and rodents.

Dr Chan’s daughter Yi Tian grew up with Biscuit who was found roaming the streets 8 years ago. Yitian walks Biscuit daily at the park. It is a great way to know the neighbourhood kids when they come over to play with Biscuit!

Dr Chan’s daughter Yi Tian grew up with Biscuit who was found roaming the streets 8 years ago. Yi Tian walks Biscuit daily at the park. A great way to know the neighbourhood kids when they come over to play with Biscuit!

GROWING UP WITH A PET HAS NUMEROUS BENEFITS
  • By including your children in the daily care of your pet like feeding, walking and bathing, they learn responsibility, empathy and compassion.
  • The emotional bonding helps to increase a child’s confidence and improve social skills with people.
  • Having outings to exercise a dog improves our fitness and builds a stronger family bond.
  • Going to the vet together as a family can be an educational and meaningful experience.
  • It is always sad to see a family grieve over the loss of a beloved pet but it does teach children about mortality and to accept loss in life.
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Asher walking Kizmet. Children gain confidence and learn self-discipline when given the responsibility to care for an animal.

William enjoys happy outings with his parents & furry best friends Torey & Lucey! “There is a strong bond between William & Lucy. She loves him just as he is. She doesn’t judge him, doesn’t care how he looks, if he is smart, friendly or shy. Her unconditional love will teach him a lot in life. Torey is a confident & happy boy who teaches William it is perfectly OK to be himself!” ~ William’s mom, Mami.

William enjoys happy outings with his parents and furry best friends Torey & Lucy! “There is a strong bond between William and Lucy. She loves him just as he is. She doesn’t judge him, doesn’t care how he looks, if he is smart, friendly or shy. Her unconditional love will teach him a lot in life. Torey is a confident boy who shows William it is perfectly OK to be himself!” ~ William’s mom, Mami.

Dr Ng Yi Lin’s Labrador, Rocky, spending time with her nephew Kae Yan before he passed away last year at a grand age of 16. Pets teach children about the miracle of birth & also the reality of pain & death.

Dr Ng Yi Lin’s nephew Kae Yan with her Labrador Rocky who passed away last year at a grand age of 16. Pets teach children about the miracle of birth and also the realities of ageing & death, giving them opportunities to express their feelings & accept comfort in tough times.

SOME STUDIES SHOW THAT KIDS GROWING UP WITH PETS HAVE A LOWER INCIDENCE OF ALLERGIES

There are allergy-triggering proteins called allergens in an animal’s fur, dander (skin flakes) and saliva. Signs of allergies include itchy watery eyes, rashes, runny nose, sneezing, coughing, or wheezing. Even if your children are not sensitive to allergens, good personal and environmental hygiene must be maintained at all times.

Hannah & Logan with little Rebecca. Cages of small animals like hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits, birds should be thoroughly cleaned out at least once a week to reduce pet allergens in the house.

Hannah and Logan with little Rebecca. Small animal cages should be thoroughly cleaned at least once a week. Remove droppings, soiled bedding & uneaten food daily.

  • Groom and shower your pets regularly. Dogs and cats can be bathed once a week to reduce airborne allergens.
  • Keep the fur coat of your dogs and cats short to reduce dander and allergens in the environment.
  • Vacuum and mop the floor frequently.
  • Invest in a good air purifier with high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter.
  • Wash pet beds, rugs, pillows, blankets frequently, preferably in hot water.
  • If your children are sensitive to pet allergens, keep pets off furniture and out of bedrooms. If your dog/cat already has a favourite spot on the couch, cover that area with a cloth which you can wash easily.
  • Remove soft toys, carpets and excess furniture which trap dust and dander. Declutter!
  • Make sure your children wash their hands with soap and water after playing with their pets.
  • Some clients who are allergic to their cat have opt to surgically remove the cat’s anal glands as this reduces the allergens markedly. Allergic reaction to that particular cat usually reduces dramatically although this differs from person to person.

Summer with Ari. Some days, all we need is nature & animals.

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Summer with Ari, Woody and Jezza. Pets can be among the most loyal companions & greatest teachers in our life.

ALWAYS SUPERVISE YOUR CHILDREN WHEN THEY ARE AROUND ANIMALS

Some kids might be overly rough or clumsy around animals. It is unfair to expect our pets to endure poking, pulling or screaming from children. Even the most good-natured pet can react by biting or scratching in self-defence if they are handled poorly.

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Vik and Cynthiya not only volunteer with House Rabbit Society Singapore, they adopted 3 bunnies. Giving up their pets was never an option even when they had twin babies Ashwin and Sandra. The couple put in twice the amount of effort to make time for all the little ones and supervise the twins when they interact with their bunny brothers.

  • Always supervise your children closely when they are around animals. Never leave them alone.
  • Some animals do not like to be picked up, hugged or kissed. Others may not mind at all. Get to know your pets well so you can teach your children to interact gently and appropriately with them.
  • Rabbits and rodents are physically delicate and sensitive creatures. Handle them for short periods of time.
  • Make sure your pets have somewhere quiet to retreat to when they want to be left alone.
Finn with Rexy & Dukey. Children should be taught from a young age that animals are living, breathing, feeling creatures.

Finn with Rexy and Dukey. When taught the right ways from a young age, children can develop a special relationship with their pets.

All life deserves respect, kindness & love.

And become the best of friends.


With thanks to contributors for valuable information and photos:
Dr Chan Mun Ling, Mount Pleasant Animal Medical Centre (Bedok)Dr Ng Yi Lin, Mount Pleasant Animal Clinic (East)Mabel Cheah, Mount Pleasant Central Vet Clinic (Whitley)House Rabbit Society SingaporeStephanie MoncktonMami Naka.