Happy Father’s Day Cary!

He may first appear to be a man of few words. Get to know him better and you will see the limitless knowledge he carries within. And a big genuine heart that wins over colleagues, clients and patients. In the words of his team mates at Mount Pleasant (Farrer), this man is patient, reliable, humble yet comical. He is not just a colleague but a counsellor, father figure, living encyclopaedia and Captain America! Happy Father’s Day Cary!

” I believe, with my role, I can make a difference and touch the lives of not only our patients but also their owners.” ~ Cary with Big Man

“Aaahhh…with that special touch, you can ‘cary’ me all day long!” ~ Blue

“The best part of my job is the ability to help our patients feel or get better. Another thing I love about my job is the people I work with.”

“Our life priorities completely change after starting a family.”

Jennifer and two bundles of joy!

“To be a good father, you need patience. Lots and lots of patience. When life gets tough, you just have to roll with the punches!”

Now here are tributes from some of Cary’s team mates at Mount Pleasant (Farrer)!

“Cary is reliable and understanding. He is our Captain America!” ~ Nelson

“Cary is just like a father to us.” ~ Kerry May

“Cary is such a patient and good teacher. He is also very humble.” ~ Dr Daphne Low

“Cary is a great fatherly figure in the clinic! Knowledgeable and trustworthy, but grounded and comical. Someone we can always count on!” ~ Dr Teo Jia Wen

“Cary is an excellent team leader and father figure to our team.” ~ Dr Heng Yee Ling

“Cary is not just my colleague and senior but also my adviser, my counsellor. I don’t only ask him about work matters but also seek his advice on personal matters like how to handle a growing kid. He is one of a kind. When it comes to knowledge, he is a living encyclopaedia – he knows every single thing! That’s our Cary.” ~ Emz

Happy Father’s Day Joel!

Our parents influence not only our life journeys but possibly the journeys of our children. If there is one lesson we can impart to our kids and them to their kids, let it be “Families stick together. We look out for one another.” Congratulations Joel on your first baby to come – Happy Father’s Day!

Why do you choose to work with animals?

I have various animals since young. From fishes, rodents,  dogs to cats, birds, turtles. I have reared chickens, goats, cows and pigs back in the Philippines too. The feeling that animals project towards me is very satisfying. They teach me to be patient and caring. I also learn to be an innovative and analytical thinker to make their lives more comfortable.

“In our line of work, it is not all cuddles & kisses with our furry friends. Things can go downhill in an instant, thus, every shortcoming is an opportunity for improvement for the team.”

“Our clients’ satisfaction & compliments fuel me to strive harder to provide better care & service to their pets.”

“The continuous knowledge & enhanced skills set I gain motivate me to perform better & give my best in times of crisis.” Read more about Blood Donation for dogs & cats.

“I feel elated whenever we discharge healthy & happy patients. Knowing you have contributed to their recovery & well being is always the best takeaway from my job.”

A weekend of diagnostic imaging with Dr Cathy Beck from University of Melbourne. As Joel says: “The good teacher makes a poor student good and a good student superior.”

Brian Herbert once said “The capacity to learn is a gift; the ability to learn is a skill; the willingness to learn is a choice”. I believe education is a continuous process. It does not stop at the four corners of our school but rather, every day is a learning experience.

Joel & Shella

“I am so ecstatic & looking forward to fatherhood. We have been praying for this blessing for years since we got married. We are thankful that we have been blessed.”

With Cake, the super duper adorable adopted Pug.

“I have been a fur daddy for so long. Now we will have a little human as an addition to our family!”

What are the important lessons from your father that will help you be a good dad?

I have a very religious family and we are inculcated since young to be family-oriented. My father taught me a bible verse that stayed with me while I was growing up: Proverbs 22:6 says “Teach your children right from wrong and when they are grown, they will still do right.”

Being the eldest child, my father always says I am responsible for my siblings while they are away. I take this task very seriously. I learnt a lot from keeping my siblings in line and teaching them the right ways in life.

5 Tips For A Happy And Healthy Kitten

Bringing a new kitten home is one of the best feelings in the world but there is going to be a lot of hard work too. Here are some tips to keep our furry friends happy and healthy for many good years. 


Your kittens can receive their vaccines at 8, 12 & 16 weeks old, followed by a booster one year later. Speak with your vet about a vaccination regime for your kittens thereafter.

Vaccines contain antigens (weakened or inactivated forms of disease-causing organisms). When the vaccine is injected into your kitten’s body, it stimulates a mild immune response and production of antibodies. Should your kitten be exposed to the disease in future, his immune system is prepared to recognise and fight off the organisms or reduce the severity of the disease.

Vaccinate your kittens to protect them against infectious diseases such as feline panleukopenia, feline rhinotracheitis and feline calicivirus. Discuss with your vet about testing for feline leukemia virus (FeLV) and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV).

Feline panleukopenia, or parvovirus, is a highly contagious disease. The virus is spread through body fluids and contact with faecal material. Kittens can acquire the virus when nursing from an infected mother. It attacks the immune system as well as the lining of the intestines causing vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy and inappetance. Due to the high mortality rate, this disease is best prevented than treated.

Mommy had cat flu during pregnancy & baby Jesse was infected too. Common viruses that cause cat flu are feline calicivirus & feline herpesvirus. Clinical signs include sneezing, nasal discharge, mouth ulcers or in Jesse’s case, conjunctivitis & corneal ulcers.With veterinary care from Dr Daphne Low & TLC from rescuer Nadiah, Jesse is recovering well.

#2. WORMS? bleah!

Your kittens may be infected with intestinal parasites from the environment or their infected mothers.

Roundworms, tapeworms and hookworms are commonly found in kittens. Other intestinal parasites that might infect your kittens include giardia and coccidia. Faecal examinations are done to determine the type of parasites present and the appropriate dewormer or medication given. Speak with your vet about a proper deworming schedule.

Maintain good personal hygiene to prevent the spread of parasites to other pets and family members. Keep litter boxes clear of faecal material. Wash and disinfect your hands after handling any animals.


Fleas are tiny, blood-sucking parasites that often cause skin problems. Kittens can get infested with fleas through contact with other affected animals or from the environment. Products to prevent fleas include shampoos, sprays, spot-on solutions and oral medications. Other animals in the household should be treated at the same time.

Check for flea dirt on your kitten’s skin. They resemble ground black pepper & consist of flea faeces & digested blood.

If your kittens are allergic to fleas – due to contact with flea saliva – she will be intensely itchy. Cats with Flea Allergy Dermatitis develop hair loss and infections due to excessive scratching and chewing. Heavy infestations can cause anaemia.


If you are thinking of letting your family witness the miracle of birth before spaying your dog or cat, please reconsider. Thousands of shelter animals are waiting for homes. Caregiver Thara is a responsible feeder who advocates sterilisation. Mount Pleasant (Bedok) #MountPleasantGivesBack

Neutered cats (males) are generally calmer and less likely to spray urine or wander out of the house in search of female cats in heat. That means they are less likely to get into accidents or fights with other cats which could lead to infectious diseases such as feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV). Neutered cats are also less at risk of developing prostate diseases. 

Spayed cats (females) no longer go through heat cycles which greatly decreases the chances of developing mammary cancer and tumours. Because the uterus and ovaries are surgically removed, your spayed cat will not develop pyometra (a serious infection of the uterus) or ovarian cancer.

Some owners think that spaying or neutering makes their pets fat. That’s not the case. It is the lack of exercise and overfeeding that cause our dogs or cats to put on weight. Monitor food intake and provide regular exercise and activities to keep your pets fit and trim!


Keep our cats safe – indoors – by meshing up our windows & gates.

Cats have amazing balance but they do tumble off open windows or balconies when they are distracted, startled by sudden loud noises or simply caught in a clumsy moment. Cats who have fallen from height can suffer severe injuries. Visible injuries include fractured legs and jaw. Other injuries like ruptured bladders or collapsed lungs are less obvious but require emergency treatment.

Besides the pain your cat goes through, treatment can be costly. Some cats require intensive care in the hospital with long periods of recovery and rehab. Others become paralysed or do not survive. Then there is the emotional trauma of guilt when a family cannot afford treatment or disagree on euthanasia.

Keep our cats safe by securing our windows and gates. Plastic meshes are available at hardware stores and easily fixed with cable ties. Other options include more durable metal meshes, customised and invisible grilles.

Worried that a life indoors is boring? Play with your cats regularly. Provide entertaining toys. Depending on your cat’s character, train him to walk on harness & leash to enjoy the outdoors. Consider a feline playmate.

Kittens love to play! Entertain them with wand toys, balls, catnip stuffed toys or simple objects like crumpled paper & a pen in your pocket! #FlashTheCat @ Mount Pleasant (Farrer)

Like human babies, your kittens need lots of rest. Provide a quiet cosy corner for cat naps. Visit your vet regularly to keep our animal friends happy and healthy!

Thank You Marisa & Gillian!

As the end of the year draws near, some of us may be reminiscing moments lost and gone. Timely are these favourite quotes of Marisa and Gillian, reminding us about ‘following your heart’ and ‘seize the day’.  Today, we seize the moment to say THANK YOU to these ladies of Mount Pleasant Vet Centre (Changi). Marisa has been with our big family for 20 years!


“I studied nursing in university but was unable to attend the final exam due to an untimely bout of chicken pox. Refocusing my studies on laboratory work instead, I eventually graduated as a medical technologist and was introduced to Mount Pleasant (Whitley) by a friend. I have enjoyed working with clients, colleagues and animals for the past 20 years.” ~ Marisa of Mount Pleasant Vet Centre (Changi)


“My paternal grandfather motivated me to be strong and independent. Being a man of the older generation with traditional ideologies, he strongly believed that a woman’s place is at home as a daughter, wife or mother taking care of the family instead of receiving education or joining the workforce. Moreover, with 7 siblings, money was scarce. As one of the eldest, I was determined to break out of this tradition and give my younger siblings a better life.”


“Cooking and gardening are my passion. Making delicious food for family and friends to enjoy from ingredients grown with love puts a smile on my face. Something few people know about me? I am a huge fan of Korean dramas! Doctor Stranger is my newest favorite; the plot is great and lead actor Lee Jong-Suk is very professional.”


“If I have the resources, I would love to engage in charity work. Helping the poor, caring for the sick or providing education to those who need it are different ways to give back to society. In the mean time I strive to do at least one act of kindness everyday, no matter how small the gesture may be.” Marisa with colleagues from Mount Pleasant Vet Centre (Gelenggang) at our Christmas celebration.


“It is most rewarding when everyone from vets to technicians and nurses work seamlessly together as a team.” Marisa with Teri, Dr Pauline Fong, Dorothy and Dr Clara Chua.

I have a poster in my room that reads Seize the Day: Do not grieve over the past, for it is gone. Do not worry about the future, for it is yet to come. As long as it is called TODAY, live this day as if it was your last, and you will find each day worth living for!”. This is what I live by.


ACS student attachment programme at Mount Pleasant (Changi). Dorothy, Dr Eric Yeoh, Michael, Marisa, Wella, Dr Tan Choon Yi.


Part of our Mount Pleasant (Changi) family, past and present.


“When I was a kid, I knew from the start I wanted to work with animals. I joined Mount Pleasant in November 2015.” ~ Gillian of Mount Pleasant Vet Centre (Changi)


“Back then, there wasn’t any particular reason other than the fact that I love animals and always dreamt of being around them. Working in this industry seems more than perfect for me. Now that I’m older, knowing that we are able to help these animals who aren’t entirely able to help themselves, makes my job more meaningful.”


World’s cutest polar bear dog spotted at Mount Pleasant (Changi)! Baby Naga was the runt of a stray litter, rejected by mom barely a week after birth. She was crying in a pile of junk when Gillian found her, just hours before it poured. “First 2 weeks was tough. Naga had to be bottle-fed with puppy milk formula every 2 hours. After each feeding, I had to massage her genital area until she urinates and defecates. Now her eyes are opened, she can eliminate on her own. She drinks milk every 4 hours and prefers a human baby milk bottle!”


“My mum has always been a hundred percent supportive of me pursuing my dream to work with animals. She knew it was what I’ve always wanted to do.”


“She was the one who encouraged me to apply for the Veterinary Technology course in Temasek Polytechnic. That was beginning of my entire journey right up till today.”


“One thing I would really love to do is to swim with sea otters! One thing few people know about me? ‘Keeping Up with The Kardashians’ is my guilty pleasure!”


gill8 Gillian with her best friends Benji and Vapour. Benji is a Mount Pleasant Hero!

I love this quote from John Grogan, Marley and Me: “A person can learn a lot from a dog, even a loopy one like ours. Marley taught me about living each day with unbridled exuberance and joy, about seizing the moment and following your heart. He taught me to appreciate the simple things-a walk in the woods, a fresh snowfall, a nap in a shaft of winter sunlight. And as he grew old and achy, he taught me about optimism in the face of adversity. Mostly, he taught me about friendship and selflessness and, above all else, unwavering loyalty.”

Thank You Thelma & Kerry May!

“It is very rewarding when a sick animal puts his or her entire trust in us. We do not share the same language but with our actions, we hope they understand we are doing them no harm.” Today we say THANK YOU to Thelma and Kerry May of Mount Pleasant Animal Medical Centre (Farrer)!


“I joined Mount Pleasant in 2002, with our very first hospital at Whitley Road. I’m a registered medical technologist and also a respiratory therapist when I was in the Philippines. I am curious and intrigued by animals – there are so many species and sizes!” ~ Thelma of Mount Pleasant Animal Medical Centre (Farrer)


“As with any job, it is always rewarding to feel appreciated and respected.”


“I believe in thinking positive. Someday, everything will make perfect sense. For now, laugh at the confusions, smile through the tears, and always keep reminding yourself that everything happens for a reason.” With Big Man who was rescued by Noah’s Ark CARES after he was hit by a truck. He is now the resident bouncer, greeter, food taster, dancer and Mount Pleasant Hero!


“I enjoy cross-stitching and making trinkets and giveaways. If I can be anything in the world, I would be an astronaut – I want to see the universe!”


“In the beginning, cute furry animals were the appeal. As time goes by, it becomes apparent that as stewards of this earth, it is our responsibility to take care of helpless animals.” ~ Kerry May


“I joined Mount Pleasant in October 2015. Working with animals is a challenge I enjoy taking on. It is very rewarding when a sick animal puts his or her entire trust in us. We do not share the same language but with our actions, we hope they understand we are doing them no harm.”


“If I can be anything in the world, I would be an animal whisperer! To understand the needs of animals. If I did not have this opportunity to work with animals, I would most probably be a chef.”


“We adopted Teddie about 2 years ago. He’s not the most well behaved fur sibling I could ask for but I cannot imagine life without him now. He taught me patience, which is especially helpful when I deal with nervous patients.”


At a farm in Taiwan


“My colleagues are my inspiration. Their passion and love for their jobs and animals is my motivation. (We all know what is Big Man’s motivation!) I believe in giving my best in all that I do.”


A common – make it very common – scene during meal times!


Part of the big happy family at Mount Pleasant Animal Medical Centre (Farrer)!


Opening ceremony of Mount Pleasant Animal Medical Centre (Farrer) in March 2015!


Team bonding!


Forest Adventure!


Dr Heng Yee Ling and her team have a special interest in veterinary ophthalmology. The clinic is equipped to treat a variety of eye conditions like glaucoma and corneal ulcers. Dr Heng also performs cataract surgeries.

Thank You Wei Juan & Madeleine!

At Mount Pleasant Vet Centre (Gelenggang), we see many patients who require intensive and palliative care which makes it an emotionally challenging place to work in. Today we say THANK YOU to Wei Juan and Madeleine, two strong ladies who see the good in every journey!


“I’ve been an animal lover since young. Always have that special interest & love for anything that involves animals – articles or variety shows. I chose to study Diploma in Biotechnology – Vet Science in Temasek Polytechnic to gain more knowledge about animals.” ~ Wei Juan


“I did my student internship at Mount Pleasant in 2008 & have been working with Mount Pleasant since then. It is very rewarding when sickly pets get nursed back to health & seeing them discharged with wagging tails, or seeing happy ‘parents’ bringing home their meows. It really makes my day.”


“If I have the ability to fund my studies, I would still pursue my dream of being a vet.” With Dr Sophie Cho & Jia Hui.


Happiness is contagious! Bee Hong, Wei Juan, Jia Xuan.


“One thing few people know about me? I may be gentle to the furballs but I am an aggressive gamer! Strategic games are my favourite. It helps to keep my brain alive.” With Benjamin our senior vet tech.


“A quote that motivates me: Where there’s a will, there’s a way. This has somehow pushed me to never give up & keep on trying.”

“There are many happy new beginnings but also moments when you know the end of the journey is near and you have to let go of your loved ones. For our clients who lose their beloved pets, I comfort them by reassuring them that their babies or kiddos are no longer suffering nor in pain. That they have not really left us. They are up in heaven watching over us right now. Everyone, including me, need time to heal our broken hearts.”


“I joined Mount Pleasant in January 2015. Growing up, I was surrounded by animals but working with animals wasn’t always a priority in my life.” ~ Madeleine with Tiger the Irish Wolfhound


“It wasn’t until the death of our family dog Sundae that I felt a strong need to care for animals.”


Volunteering at the old premises of SPCA


“The most rewarding part of my job is being able to learn new things & successfully applying them at work.” With Renga, a rescued German Shepherd whom we found out was lost for 7 years.


“There are many careers out there that I would love to experience. If I could be anything, I wish to be an animal behaviourist or a singer.”


“I have a Labradoodle named Cosby, four guinea pigs & a betta fish so I never feel alone. It’s like a sleepover in my room every night! When I had a bad day, I would usually go home & Netflix & catch up on sleep to destress. Having something to look forward to also encourages me to keep going on.”


“Mental health is very important & often overlooked. We should not be afraid to speak up or seek help. I recently volunteered for World Suicide Prevention day organised by the Samaritans of Singapore.”


“I get inspired by everyday things such as people I meet or things I read. I love the Latin quote: ‘Ad astra per aspera’ which means ‘through hardships to the stars’. Through all the difficulties I am facing, I believe I am able to get through them & get to something even better at the end, like I always did. I like the quote so much, I have it tattooed on me!”


Part of our big Mount Pleasant (Gelenggang) family!




Thank You Iresh, Serina, Tricia!

“Working with animals is more than just a job. Our role is not about cuddling cute puppies and kittens as most people think (but some days we do!). We are trying our best to help patients who cannot speak.”

We all love animals. But it takes a lot more to make up your mind, study and practise your skills so you can actually be the one to make a sick or injured animal well again. Today we say THANK YOU to Iresh, Serina and Tricia of Mount Pleasant Animal Medical Centre (Bedok) – happy and energetic ladies who are ever ready to help! 


“I joined Mount Pleasant in April 2011.  Working with animals is more than just a job. We are trying our best to help patients who cannot speak.” ~ Iresh


“Our role is not about cuddling cute puppies & kittens as most people think. It is challenging & you become an expert in multi-tasking & handling fractious animals. You learn to crawl under shelving units or consult tables to catch a frightened cat.”


Working with animals can be emotionally challenging too, especially when patients come in with serious health problems or when it is time to consider euthanasia to relieve them of their suffering.


“The most rewarding part of my job is to see a patient recovering from disease & become full of life again. The smiles on the animals’ & their owners’ faces fill me with joy & contentment. It makes my day complete.”


On a farm at Malaybalay Bukidnon during vet school days.


“Most people think I have a strong mind & personality. Only a few know that I am benevolent in many ways. If I can be anything in the world, I will be a philanthropist.”

“I love all things vintage. In times of solitude, I listen to Matt Monro’s songs and sing when I’m bored, stressed or lonely. When no one is watching, I dance like a hip hop dancer!

My parents guided me through some of life’s hardest journeys. They have always been ready to give me answers to calm my confused mind and encourage me to be optimistic. I will be grateful to them for as long as I live. They are my inspiration.”


“I joined Mount Pleasant in February 2011. Over the years, I learn more about animals, how to handle them well & love them.” ~ Serina


“It is always a great feeling when we discharge our patients to their happy families.”


Serina with Iresh


Serina with Jasmine

“My family, especially my daughter Syrenne Gwencynth, is the inspiration behind all my hard work. I wish to be a supermom to my daughter!

My talents? I’m proud to say I play the keyboards and guitar. I’m motivated by the motto – If others can do it, why can’t I?”


“I wanted to be a vet since I was young. After graduating with Diploma in Veterinary Technology from Temasek Polytechnic, I realised I enjoy being a vet technician as I am able to provide more hands-on care for our patients.” ~ Tricia


“I’m happiest seeing our patients get well & go home, especially if they were admitted for serious illnesses.”


In an ideal world, all sick animals should receive prompt treatment especially when we know the condition is easily treatable.


“For a period of time when I was younger, I wanted to be an air stewardess. Unfortunately I did not meet the height requirement! :(” ~ We’re sorry that dream did not come true but we are glad you are here with us, Tricia!


Dr Chan Mun Ling & her energetic team at Mount Pleasant (Bedok)!




Thank You Joyce, Grandex, Pong!

“The most useful asset of a person is not a head full of knowledge but a heart full of love, with ears open to listen and hands willing to help.” Today we say thank you to Joyce, Grandex and Pong from Mount Pleasant Animal Clinic (North)!


“Being a medical technologist by profession, I was more comfortable & adept at working with humans. When I joined Mount Pleasant in November 2009, my perception about animals took a 360 degree turn. I learn to love & appreciate animals more.” Joyce with Janice of Mount Pleasant Animal Clinic (North).


“Taking care of animals through my work in Mount Pleasant taught me to be more compassionate & appreciate life more. Loving & caring is not confined to humans. We can also share & give our love to animals. I discovered a deeper, more profound compassion within myself. I even adopted two wonderful furbabies, Adrianna & Alonso.”


“I am very proud to be called their mom, they are part of my family now. I consider them my furry therapists because they give me a sense of healing every time I feel homesick & miss my Dad so much. He passed away two years ago.”


“I had wanted to be a doctor, specifically a pediatrician because I love kids. Being with & taking care of kids make me happy. I think it is innate in me, taking care of people. Now I am grateful to be working with a professional & supportive team, happily taking care of these wonderful creatures. I have no regrets!”


“My family is definitely my inspiration, especially my parents. They love me unconditionally & taught me to be selfless. Those characteristics inspire me to always be grateful, value life & keep on evolving as a better person. I lost my dad 2 years ago. Despite his physical absence, he lives on in my heart. I admire my mom more than ever. I know it is really hard for her losing the love of her life & best friend but despite the pain, she remains strong for me & my siblings.”


“Only those who are very close to me know I have an artistic side. I love graphic arts & photography. Every time I witness or experience beautiful things or events, I capture it in order to preserve the memories. Now, I always make sure I capture every beautiful moment with Adrianna & Alonso & share it with my loved ones & friends through social media – my platform to spread good vibes & happiness.”


“I live by this quote: The most useful asset of a person is not a head full of knowledge but a heart full of love, with ears open to listen and hands willing to help. No matter how intelligent a person is, if he or she doesn’t know how to love & care for others, everything becomes senseless. Intelligence is superficial & temporary. But when the love & care we impart to people & animals is paid forward, it becomes eternal.”


“I grew up having pets & surrounded by farm animals.” ~ Grandex


“I joined Mount Pleasant in May 2014. It is a very good feeling, seeing pet owners happy when their furbabies recover from sickness.”


“Some days, we do see stray animals with medical conditions but they have no caregivers to shoulder the medical responsibilities. It is also frustrating seeing animals in a tough fight against cancer.”


“My parents inspire me a lot. They encourage me to finish my education & inculcate good values in me.”


“It makes my family happy when they see me enjoy what I do. Through the years, I learn to appreciate what I have & live a simple life.”


“I love animals & during my childhood, we kept pets & livestock. Letting our livestock out of their pens & keeping them back at night is something I always looked forward to. They always cheered me up.” ~ Pong


“If I am not a vet tech, I would love to be a farmer with my own integrated farm.”


“I joined Mount Pleasant in March 2014. Meeting different animals everyday – especially when sick pets get better – makes me smile, no matter how stressful or tiring the day is.”



“My father is a carpenter. My mom sells rice cakes in our village. They worked very hard just to send us off to school to fulfil our dreams. They always say they have nothing to give us but education. Because education is something that cannot be stolen from us. My parents are my role models in life.”




The happy Mount Pleasant (North) family, many of whom happen to be wonderful singers! Enjoy this video!


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Thank You Andy & Guan Wei!

“I always remind juniors we are not just ordinary colleagues. We are family.” Today we say THANK YOU to Andy and Guan Wei from Mount Pleasant Animal Clinic (East)! Whether you live your life one day at a time or actively change things for the future, these two young men have one thing in common – they follow their heart, set out to help animals and are doing a great job at that!



“Growing up, I helped my dad on his pig farm in Philippines. After completing my veterinary studies, I went to Dubai to work for a year before joining Mount Pleasant in 2008.” ~ Andy


“Working in a vet clinic can be difficult sometimes. I’m a jolly person & won’t let bad things affect my personality.”


“I don’t mind being the clown at work to neutralise any stressful situations.”


“It is rewarding to see animals recover from critical diseases & seeing the family’s happy faces. But we do encounter frustrating cases where animals suffer from irresponsible owners or when clients insist on consulting Dr Google. If I’m not a vet tech, I would like to teach in a veterinary school.”


“I always remind juniors we are not just ordinary colleagues. We are family. Whatever they feel or think affects members of the family. I encourage them to enjoy what they are doing & they will not feel that they are working.” Andy sharing about compassion fatigue with his colleagues.


“What makes me happy? Meeting my wife Nelli at Mount Pleasant!”


“Everyday struggles in life inspire me to do better for the future. My inspiration is always my family – Nelli, AJ & our second child on the way!”


“A quote that inspires me? Love the life that you lead & lead the life that you love.”


“When I was young, I read a storybook about animals & knew that I wanted to help animals. I joined Mount Pleasant in July 2011.” ~ Guan Wei


“I like dogs but my parents do not want any pets at home. So I decided to be a vet tech & work with animals.”


“It is rewarding when very sick animals get better & can be discharged. Also when clients appreciate what we are doing to help their pets.”


Appreciation also comes from our patients! Ruffy is here for her regular electro-acupuncture sessions with Dr Audrey Loi & all she wants is affection & belly rubs from Guan Wei.


“I live my life one day at a time. I enjoy going for a swim, reading manga or watching anime in my free time. If I can be anything in the world, I want to be an archaeologist. To travel around the world, go for archaeology digs & learn about what happened in the past.”




Some of the furries at the East: Marc, Xena, Marley, Macie, Bucho, Ellie, Toby, Maya!


Well, at the end of the day, guess we know who’s actually the boss! 😉

Thank You Ai Lin & Dionne!

“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.


You cannot create such beauty without love! Appreciate more artwork at Paintings By Dionne Ho.


“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.