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!
We believe in GIVING BACK TO COMMUNITY. Under our initiative #MountPleasantGivesBack, we help the people who are helping our community animals. From December 2016, our 9 clinics provided free medical treatment and sterilisation to over 60 animals from various animal welfare groups and independent rescuers.
Dr Cheryl Ho, Dr Germaine Lee and team from Mount Pleasant Central (Whitley) sterilised Pipi and Elliot as part of #MountPleasantGivesBack. It was great to see volunteers, transporters, feeders and vets coming together to help our community animals. Pipi has been released back to site. Elliot is safe at the shelter after his pups were tragically crushed by heavy vehicles.
SOSD has more than 70 pups waiting for homes. But remember, pets are not just for the holidays. If you can’t commit for a lifetime, perhaps volunteer at the shelters. Or simply, spread the word.
Dr Eric Yeoh, Mount Pleasant (Changi), made a trip to Jurong Island to vaccinate and microchip 26 adorable wriggly puppies!
A microchip (about the size of a rice grain) encodes a unique identification number. It is implanted just under the skin between your pet’s shoulder blades. Should your pets lose their way, vets can scan them to retrieve the microchip number and contact you via a database. You can register your pet’s microchip details with AVA and PetCall.
For many years, Noah’s Ark CARES has been sterilising and rescuing injured or sick street dogs on mainland and recently Jurong Island. With urgent cases and limited funds, some dogs have to wait their turn. Gigi’s caregivers tried their best but her skin condition did not improve.
Dr Simon Quek and team at Mount Pleasant (Clementi) helped Gigi with blood tests and skin scrapings. Gigi went back with medications and shampoo to treat the allergies and secondary bacterial and fungal infection.
Dr Heng Yee Ling and team at Mount Pleasant (Farrer) sterilised 10 beautiful bunnies for HRSS. One bunny, Speedy, was scheduled for a spay but turns out to be a boy!
Male rabbits can be castrated around 4 months when their testicles descend into the scrotal sacs. Cryptorchid rabbits like Speedy have testicles retained in the abdominal cavity, with an increased risk of testicular torsion or cancer. Dr Daphne located the very small undescended testicles and successfully sterilised Speedy.
If we can be anything in the world, be a giver. For 50 years, Mdm Chua has been giving her life and love to community animals. She and her daughter Suan Eng are caring for homeless dogs and cats on the streets and in shelters. Every single day.
Dr Audrey Loi and team at Mount Pleasant (East) are glad to give Mdm Chua some support by sterilising their rescued cats Honey, Candy, Kitty and Hazy at no cost to them.
Dr Chan Munling and team at Mount Pleasant (Bedok) sterilised more than 10 of Thara’s rescued cats under #MountPleasantGivesBack.
Angel, in Thara’s arms, was found sitting next to a prawning pond but unable to eat. Something about her tugged at Thara’s heart. Despite having her hands full, she brought Angel home and nursed her back to health. Casey Bear the ginger boy was “abandoned like trash inside a carrier”.
So what keeps Thara going despite the frustration she feels at times? “When I see pictures of my rescued cats in their forever homes! Knowing I made a difference however small it may be. This and the fact that 60 lives wait for me to wake up every morning. For their sake, I have to keep going for as long as I can.”
Justine was getting by as best as she could but angular limb deformity can lead to painful lameness as the body is carried in an abnormal posture. Justine is still very young. Dr Dennis Choi, Mount Pleasant (Gelenggang), decided to help her under #MountPleasantGivesBack. Watch video of surgery.
Dr Gloria Lee, Dr Kitty Huang and team at Mount Pleasant (Mandai) provided free medical treatment to a senior dog and a newly rescued boy.
Xiao Bai came for a skin check and senior wellness exam. Dr Kitty Huang ran blood tests including total T4 screen to rule out hypothyroid (which can cause skin problems) and SNAP 4Dx to check for heartworm and tick-borne illnesses. All clear!
Stan is a young unsterilised male. Unfortunately he was diagnosed with tick fever and anaemia. He went back to the shelter with medications and was neutered only when his condition was stable. He is currently doing well.
Dr Gabrina Goh, Dr Jansen Tano and team at Mount Pleasant (North) sterilised 3 rescued cats under #MountPleasantGivesBack.
Cleo and her mom were from a household that allowed cats to roam. When some neighbours were unhappy with cats defecating along corridors, Cleo’s ex-owner intended to abandon their cats at the void deck. CWS mediators stepped in and had since rehomed Cleo’s mom.
Amy and Aibi were strays at an industrial area. The management complained about the cat population and planned to have them culled. CWS mediators convinced the management to let some cats stay on while the rest are taken in for rehoming.
With two very young boys who still wake up at different hours through the night, we salute Dr Kitty Huang’s unwavering passion to rescue and foster homeless cats. Many have found happy homes because she never stops what her very own mom has started. Happy Mother’s Day Dr Kitty. We hope you get the gift you really want – SLEEP!
Why you choose to be a vet?
A major contributing factor is definitely my mother’s influence. She is a passionate stray cat carer and I always enjoyed tagging along with her during the feeding rounds. During one of these feeding rounds, when I was about 10 years old, we came across a litter of kittens abandoned in the refuse bin to die.
We brought the kittens home to foster and tried to nurse them back to health. Unfortunately, their condition worsen after a few days and we had to bring them to a vet. The vet caringly advised that we were not bottle feeding them enough and the hot water bag meant to keep them warm and comfortable was too hot resulting in minor burns on their paws and skin.
Observing how the vet cared for and helped the kittens back to health, coupled with the passion for animals influenced by my mother, I was inspired to be a vet so I can help and care for these little friends.
what’s the greatest joy and challenge at work?
Without a doubt, the greatest satisfaction is to see my patients get better after their treatments and witnessing improvements in their condition. And of course, the joy and smile on the owner’s face.
Unfortunately, life is never a bed of roses. Due to varying reasons such as financial constraints, commitment towards care, temperament of patient, and differing views from owners etc., we are not always able to proceed with ideal treatment plans.
what’s the Toughest part of being a working mum?
Juggling between work and quality family time with my boys and hubby. On top of that, it feels like I am doing After Hours every single night! Waking up multiple times through the night to comfort and make milk for the two boys at different hours is no joke – really tiring!
what’s your sweetest memories of motherhood?
Witnessing all the milestones achieved by my boys and seeing them grow up, mingle and love our resident cats and dogs at home.
any Advice to other working mums?
As much as possible, leave work at work and bring only happiness and positivity back home. Spend quality time with kids and not forgetting the husband! Most importantly, catch up on sleep whenever you can. If I can buy time for sleep – I would!
To moms, the bell of happiness must sound like children laughing. And perhaps snoring (peace)! Today we celebrate Dr Clara Chua from Mount Pleasant (Changi) who beams with joy and pride of motherhood. Happy Mother’s Day Dr Clara. Cheers to caffeine!
Why did u choose to be a vet?
I was given 6 chicks when I was 12. They were my first pets. Raising them, I felt empathy for animals. It was then that I decided I wanted a career working with animals. And became vegetarian too!
What is the greatest joy and challenge at work?
I’m most happy when sick pets who are brought in become better. Helping our patients improve and making their owners happy makes me happy. Conversely, when our patients don’t improve despite our best efforts to treat them and we start questioning whether they are suffering in spite of what we are doing – emotionally, it’s a hard situation to be in.
What is the toughest part of being a working mom?
Coping with lack of sleep – just gotta up the caffeine! I’m fortunate to be able to work part-time so I get to spend more time with my daughter in her early years. I’m also fortunate to be able to leave her with my family on my work days. The rest of the time, my husband helps me out whenever he can.
what is your sweetest memories of motherhood?
Emma’s laughter is the sweetest thing! She’s not a ticklish baby so we really enjoy those rare moments when she finds something that is funny and laughs.
any advice for young married women?
Have children whilst you’re young. The fountain of youth will help cope with reduced hours of sleep and a strong healthy body helps with carrying (the equivalent of) a sack of rice for extended periods of time!
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!
Under Mount Pleasant Community Outreach – Education, our programmes include talks at schools and organisations, project collaboration, work experience, student attachments and clinic visits. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to be part of our outreach!
Brachycephalic dogs and cats such as Pugs, Bulldogs, Pekingeses and Persians are bred to have flat or short faces which puts them at risk of airway obstruction, heat stress and even death.
Brachycephalic airway obstruction syndrome (BAOS) refers to the upper airway abnormalities that affects brachycephalic dogs. They include stenotic nares, elongated soft palate, hypoplastic trachea and everted laryngeal saccules.
Air passes from the nostrils through the nasal cavity and back of the throat, and into the trachea via the larynx. A dog with stenotic nares has abnormally narrowed nostrils that restrict the amount of airflow into the nostrils, making it difficult to breathe. Over time, increased airway resistance can cause the larynx to collapse.
Pinch your nostrils slightly with your fingers – experience how difficult it is to breathe. Then imagine breathing this way, 24 hours a day.
SIGNS OF STENOTIC NARES
- Noisy breathing
- Exercise intolerance
- Cyanosis (blue gums due to lack of oxygen)
- Occasional collapse especially after activity/excitement/excessive heat
The increased effort required for breathing can eventually put a strain on the heart.
keep dog at healthy weight
- If your dog is only mildly affected by stenotic nares, the condition can be managed by keeping him at a healthy weight as obesity worsens the symptoms.
- Keep your brachycephalic dogs away from stressful situations and avoid exercise in hot humid weather.
- They may also do better with harnesses instead of collars to avoid putting pressure at the neck area.
If the stenotic nares are severe, rhinoplasty (“nose job”) can be done to widen the nostrils. A wedge of tissue is surgically removed from the walls of each nostril to open up the nasal passage.
soft palate resection
Breathing difficulty in brachycephalic dogs or cats can also be caused by an elongated soft palate which obstructs the opening to the larynx.
Signs of elongated soft palate
- Noisy breathing
- Retching or gagging especially while swallowing
- Exercise intolerance
- Cyanosis (blue gums due to lack of oxygen)
- Occasional collapse especially after activity/excitement/excessive heat
This condition can be corrected by a soft palate resection to remove excessive tissue and allow better airflow from the nose to the windpipe.
Many brachycephalic animals experience significant improvement in their breathing and overall wellness after the surgeries.
Stenotic nares and elongated soft palates are congenital malformations. Dogs that require surgery to correct airway obstruction should not be used for breeding. We recommend that these dogs be neutered or spayed during the surgical correction.
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!
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.
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.
During the June holidays, we hosted a team of teachers from Anglo-Chinese School (Barker Road) for their staff work attachment programme. Here is what some of them have to say.
“Thank you very much for having us! One important lesson I’ve learnt from the attachment is how human the whole thing is. People tend to think that vets deal only or mainly with pets but truth is, there’s a lot of interaction with people. The team dynamics at Mount Pleasant (Bedok) is really great. It’s like a family here and the work atmosphere is warm. I enjoyed my time with Dr Chan Munling and team and felt really welcomed!” ~ Ang Puay Khoon
“It is a totally different environment from school but yet there are similar features as both are from the service industry where care, safety and passion are important. At Mount Pleasant (Farrer), I learnt the importance of professionalism. This is a close knit community. I did not feel the existence of hierarchy yet everyone knows their role and could work and support one another seamlessly. It’s like an ant colony – the high degree of professionalism allows for a relaxed but high-functioning organisation.” ~ David Wong
“I thought it would be interesting to look into an industry of a mixed nature – one that is partly about service, customer relations, yet involves medical knowledge and skills. I have 2 dogs. Adopting a rescued dog from an industrial park was one of the most enriching and meaningful things I’ve done. Through my attachment at Mount Pleasant (Clementi), I learnt that continual improvement is important. One of the conversations Dr Simon Quek had with the other vets was about a food allergy research he was planning to embark on which I thought was interesting. As a vet, or any other professional, it is always important to seek improvement, better processes, explore new research methods and find new solutions.” ~ Samantha Gan
“I always have a keen interest in animal welfare. I used to have a Collie and a Jack Russell Terrier. Presently, I have 3 Morkies (Maltese x Yorkshire Terrier). Through this attachment, I learnt that working in a clinic entails more than just empathy. The team has to be fast, knowledgeable, skilful and up-to-date in animal research. It was a learning experience when I could observe Dr Quek performing surgery.” ~ Alley Eio
“Through my attachment with Dr Sandhya Nair’s team at Mount Pleasant (North), I learnt that vets and technicians require the same dedication as doctors and nurses. In fact, I think they have it tougher as animals are not able to speak about their health problems. Vets also have to deal with many things such as dental and grooming, as well as a variety of animals which can differ greatly. I saw that when the vets and technicians are not attending to animals, they’re constantly learning about medical conditions and mentoring one another. Teamwork is the key to success for every case. I appreciate the kindness the team showed us. They made time in the midst of the busyness, explained to us what they were doing and even taught us medical terms.” ~ Elke Handoyo
“I have a love and curiosity about animals. We used to have 2 rabbits who just hopped into our house and started burrowing in the garden. We took them in and it was nice having them roam free in the yard. For 10 years, they brought us joy. You cannot do anything without passion for a common cause and that’s what everyone at Mount Pleasant (East) has in common. It is a joy to be around professionals who enjoy their work even though it’s hard. Their passion keeps them going. It has certainly inspired me in my own field.” ~ Kenneth Khoo
“I have had many pets over the the years and am always interested to learn how to better care for animals. Through my attachment at Mount Pleasant (East), I learnt that client care is just as important as pet care. The team works very hard, sometimes with few breaks. They are really a committed lot. I have more empathy for vet staff now as I see what they have to deal with.” ~ Raji Ravi
And here we have teacher Clarise Wong with our team at Mount Pleasant (Gelenggang). While we thought we were givng and imparting knowledge to the teachers, we receive much more in return. Clarise has signed up her Chow Chow Xiong Xiong as a Mount Pleasant Hero to save more lives! Find out how your dog and cat can be a heroic blood donor!
We believe in giving back to community.
Under our new initiative Mount Pleasant Community Outreach – Animal Welfare, we are delighted to give back to the people who are helping our community animals.
Beginning from Christmas month till January 2016, our clinics provided free medical treatment and sterilisation to over 45 animals from independent rescuers and animal welfare groups like Cat Welfare Society, Animal Lovers League, Noah’ s Ark CARES, House Rabbit Society and Purely Adoptions.
Deepest thanks to all the wonderful and passionate doctors, nurses and staff at Mount Pleasant (Whitley) for saving our dearest Qian Xun’s life. Especially Dr Germaine Lee & Dr Lesley Teo.
Despite all the risks and fearing the unknown, we placed Qian Xun’s life in your hands and with caring arms, you’ve brought him back to us, healthy and happier! Is time for 千尋 to say tHAnk yOu 🐾🐾
Watch Qian Xun’s video.
Wendy Tang and Qian Xun