ACS (Barker Road) Student Attachment Programme

We believe in educating our community in animal care and veterinary medicine, especially students who are considering the pathways to be a veterinarian.

In November, a group of Secondary 3 boys from ACS (Barker Road) came to “work” at our clinics. Some are so inspired and eager to learn, they came for extra days!


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“I love dogs. Job shadowing in a vet clinic is unique and interesting, not something I can do whenever I want.” ~ Joel Mathews with Mason at Mount Pleasant Central Vet Clinic (Whitley)

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“The most challenging part of being a vet, in my opinion, is having patience and perseverance.”

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“Having patience in handling pets, especially difficult animals. And having perseverance as the doctors need to take on night shifts and perform surgeries which may take a few hours.”

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“The best part of being a vet is the opportunity to work with animals. They bring joy to your working life!”

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“I’m an avid animal lover. Becoming a vet is a very natural choice for me, having been surrounded by animals since I was born. Through this job shadowing opportunity, I had a feel of what a vet’s life is like and learnt to be a better companion to my pets.” ~ Leon Saint Claire with Sophie at Mount Pleasant Vet Centre (Mandai)

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“Sometimes, vets face problems which they have to resolve quickly. They have to think fast and not hesitate. Another challenge is the difficult decision of euthanasia – a life is on the line, for better or for worse. Hence, I feel that vets cannot crack under pressure. They must make the right decisions for the well being of the animal, and also the owner.”

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“Job shadowing strengthened my conviction to be a vet. Seeing an animal’s flame rekindled gives you a sense of satisfaction. You feel joyous for helping the family and improving the life of an animal – be it a bird, cat, hamster or dog. Furthermore, a growing stray population may give rise to more animal abuse. By becoming a vet, I may be able to make a positive difference to this predicament. That’s the beauty of being a vet – it is more than just a job.”

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“I chose to job shadow at a vet clinic as I have a strong interest in animals and have dogs since I was born. We had a Maltese. After he passed, we welcomed Bambi and Belle into our family. They are Labradoodles which we personally chose from England after meeting their parents to check for any hereditary issues.” ~ Brandon Au Yong with Guan Wei at Mount Pleasant Animal Clinic (East)

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“I love animals and want to help them get better. I have plans to pursue a veterinary degree in Australia. During job shadowing, I learnt how to take better care of my dogs and how to observe their behaviour for signs that they are unwell. I also learnt how various blood test machines work.”

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“The hardest part was to witness blood from certain surgeries or teeth extractions as I associate blood with pain. The vets do their best to relieve pain and perform procedures as quickly as possible. The best part of this whole experience – I was able to interact with animals and help care for them as well as interact with vets and technicians to learn about the industry and their work.”

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“When I was young, we stayed with my extended family and 10 dogs. I love our dogs and my interest lasted through the years till now when only 2 dogs remained.” ~ Michael Boey at Mount Pleasant Vet Centre (Changi)

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“Our dogs are old and have had their fair share of visits to the vet. I’m always interested to learn what goes on in a consultation and when animals are hospitalised. Being a vet is one of my dream jobs.”

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“For an animal lover, the contact with animals is possibly one of the best parts of being a vet. I cannot bear seeing any animal sick. I would want to find out what is affecting them and how we can nurse them back to health.”

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David with Sophie at Mount Pleasant Animal Medical Centre (Bedok)

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Daniel at Mount Pleasant Animal Clinic (North)


Under Mount Pleasant Community Outreach – Education, our programmes include talks at schools and organisations, project collaboration, work experience, student attachments and clinic visits. Email comms@mountpleasant.com.sg to be part of our outreach! 

St Margaret’s Secondary School: Student Attachment Programme

A very fulfilling morning at St Margaret’s Secondary School’s Professional Career Guidance Day! Dr Joanna Goh from Mount Pleasant (Farrer) shared about her veterinary journey to almost 100 students while Mach the therapy cat distracted all the girls with his charms. Thank you teachers for organising this meaningful event. We could be looking at some bright future vets here!

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Morning assembly with a token of appreciation from the principal of St Margaret’s Secondary School

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Dr Joanna Goh spoke with almost 100 students, sharing the dreams, realities and pathways to be a veterinarian. We could be looking at some bright future vets here!

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We are pleased to have Belinda Chong and her handsome therapy cat Mach from Cat-Assisted Therapy Singapore – CATS who is easily a distraction!

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We believe in reaching out to our community in various ways. One of which is educating individuals in animal care and veterinary medicine, especially students who are considering the pathways to be a veterinarian.

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Showing the students how an ultrasound scan is performed.

Joswara Ming Hui
4E4, St Margaret’s Secondary School

I am grateful that Dr Joanna Goh came to our school to share on a career in veterinary science. She provided us with information related to the educational pathway for this vocation and her personal experiences in the journey.

The visit to Mount Pleasant (Farrer) was an invaluable experience for me and my school mates. We got to see different components of an animal clinic. I was fascinated by the many rooms, each having its purpose, and the different types of medical equipment.

This has been an unforgettable personal experience. More impactful than reading information off the internet or brochures. I am truly thankful for this opportunity.

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Sometimes the best therapist has fur & 4 legs!

Lua Jin Wen
4E4, St Margaret’s Secondary School

Dr Joanna Goh was very engaging during her sharing on being a veterinarian. She was enthusiastic to help us with our questions. Her insightful sharing which included many interesting and meaningful experiences has greatly inspired me to work towards my goal of joining the profession.

I was also privileged to be invited to visit Mount Pleasant (Farrer) where my school mates and I were met by the friendly and helpful staff. The clinic was bigger than it looked from outside and the whole area was well maintained. It was heartwarming to see the clinic making extra effort to find homes for abandoned animals. We got to see how an ultrasound can be used to examine a dog’s kidney. It was an eye-opening experience.

Seeing the way the staff cared for their animal patients was uplifting. If I have a sick pet, I would definitely bring it to Mount Pleasant for medical attention as I know the staff will do a good job caring for my pet.

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Our education programmes include talks, project collaboration, work experience, student attachments and clinic visits. To be part of our outreach, email comms@mountpleasant.com.sg. We will be delighted to discuss further.

Kent Soon: Do The Best You Can

The truth is, if you want to be a good vet, a love for animals is important but not enough. Behind needy animals are people – caregivers, adopters, fosterers, rescuers – who have a say and role to play in the animal’s life. You have to care about them too.

Today is our National Day.

Never a better time to share the story of this earnest student. Who believes in reaching out to our fellow men (and animals). And doing the best he can!


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I have always wanted to be a vet

I vaguely remember being scratched by a big dog when I was really young. Instead of being scared of dogs, I wanted to learn more about them. Being a vet would give me the opportunities to work alongside and understand animals, and also put my interest in science and medicine to practice. 

After graduating from junior college, the natural path would be to enter a local university.

At that time, Temasek Polytechnic started the Veterinary Technology diploma. To many people, going to a polytechnic is a step backwards. But I decided to pursue what my heart tells me to do.

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“Teamwork & the ability to work harmoniously with others is very important. Effective communication & empathy are also vital attributes.” Kent (white tee) worked as a wildlife facilitator at Jurong Bird Park after graduating from Temasek Polytechnic. But he was still carrying his bigger dream of becoming a vet.

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My family has given up a lot for me to pursue my dreams

I am exceptionally thankful to my family who encourage me to pursue my dream although it is a financial burden for them to put me through vet school.

I am also grateful to everyone I have met and worked with along the way – teaching me, guiding me, giving me opportunities to learn. And most importantly, encouraging me to stay the course.

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the road has been rough and patchy

Balancing work and studies is not easy for me. I am trying my best to complete my studies while appreciating the journey. Going through vet school has taught me about patience, perseverance and treasuring the friendships and bonds we build along the way.

For those who wish to venture into the veterinary field, go volunteer and work in a veterinary setting before deciding. It will be a long journey with loads of commitment and financial planning.

But if it is your dream, then never stop pursuing it. Nothing beats the joy of doing what you love!

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“did i miss out anything?”

This question is like a spiralling doubt in my mind.

In an ideal world, you treat a sick animal after gathering all the information via examination, history and diagnostic testing. In reality, our hands are often tied because of clients’ financial constraints and expectations about veterinary care and cost.

Despite the challenges, we do our best to find out the underlying problem, come up with a treatment plan to suit our client’s financial capabilities, and alleviate suffering of our patients who cannot speak.

euthanasia is one of the toughest parts of being a vet

I remember an old Labrador named Mei Mei while I was a Vet Tech at Mount Pleasant (Whitley). She was hospitalised for chronic renal failure. Even though she was very weak, she always wagged her tail at us. Her family made the heartbreaking decision to euthanise her. On her last day, we spent time with Mei Mei in the private room, with her favourite food, before she was put to sleep. It was impossible to hold back tears. Her family let her go because they love her.

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Kent started working with Mount Pleasant as a Vet Tech after graduating from Temasek Polytechnic. 3 years ago, he took a leap of faith & enrolled in The University of Glasgow to be a vet. He is currently back on student attachment, getting close & closer to fulfilling his dream!

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Kent with one of his best buddies, Tisoy! Rescued resident cat at Mount Pleasant Vet Centre (Changi).

BESIDES ANIMALS, I am an avid Lego fan!

I also enjoy photography and sports like basketball, fencing, badminton and cycling. I cannot imagine myself in any other professions but if I really cannot be a vet, I might be a chef!

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I hope to complete my studies and spend a few years in a hospital to gain experience and exposure. If I have the opportunity, I would further my education by completing a specialisation. Contributing back to society, like teaching part time in school,  is also something I have in mind.

DSC_0695“I will always remember these words from a client – It isn’t about how many vets are out there but how many sincere vets we have. Don’t ever forget why you first wanted to be a vet. Be a vet who truly cares.”

DSC_0654“I believe in giving your best in whatever you do, wherever you go. Never stop being your best just because someone doesn’t give you credit.”

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Skills can be taught. Kindness and integrity are qualities we are born with. They remain constant ~ wherever we go, whoever we meet, whatever we do.

“Kent’s dedication and ambition to perform to the best of his ability, is extremely high. He exudes a calmness around animals and people. We can’t help but feel confident that he will do the right thing. I feel privileged to have met him.” ~ Dr Gloria Lee, AMK Veterinary Surgery

Students At Mount Pleasant

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!

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Temasek Polytechnic Vet Tech students with the team from Mount Pleasant Animal Medical Centre (Bedok) ~ Iresh, Rodarick, Dr Jane Teo, student Samantha, student Yap Xin, Shuyin, Dr Valerie Ng.

“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

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Pun Krittaya & Joy Pinyopornpanish from Mahidol University, Thailand.

“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

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“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 

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“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.

Studying to be a vet is tough. But nothing that is worth having comes easy. I just have to keep listening to my heart. And follow my dream.” ~ Joy

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Young men & Big Man at work! Thanaphol Likitdecharote (Ben) from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, with Bryan, Cary, Nelson & Big Man the resident mutt from Mount Pleasant Animal Medical Centre (Farrer).

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The medical referral service at Mount Pleasant Vet Centre (Gelenggang) is headed by Dr Anthony Goh. Our vets & vet techs are trained to manage complex & intensive medical cases.

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Assisting Dr Chua Hui Li with an ultrasound of a beagle at Mount Pleasant Animal Medical Centre (Clementi).

“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

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Pun, Ben, Joy.

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Aria from Mount Pleasant Animal Medical Centre (Clementi) with students Jennifer & Charmaine.

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Kent Soon, on attachment at AMK Veterinary Surgery, was working as a vet tech at Mount Pleasant before deciding to follow his dream. He is currently studying to be a vet at The University of Glasgow. This earnest young man believes in giving his best in everything he does. Watch out for his story!

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.