On Sep 3, 2010, Dr Vanessa Lin Hui Jun joins Toa Payoh Vet as an associate vet. She has around two years of experience. I have confidence that she will make a good veterinarian and will be her mentor.
I briefed Vanessa on the values of honesty and responsibility of a vet by giving her various real-life examples where the pursuit of making more money erodes such values. These examples can make interesting reading.
It is important that the leadership walk the talk and impart the values to young ones and reject vets who don't agree to the values of Toa Payoh Vets.
"There are many things you will learn in a small practice and these lessons will be very useful when you start your own practice," I said to Vanessa. "In your previous practice, you have many assistants to do things. Here, you may need to think how to do things efficiently and economically." One advantage for Vanessa is that she has me as a mentor.
"I know you have intention of opening your own practice. That is OK with me. You have your future to think of. You can see that Mr Saw has been with me for over two years and I have given my blessings for him to join other practices with better pay and prospects."
Being of the same age as the younger generation, Dr Vanessa Lin will be more their type of vet.