Is there a need for a veterinary specialist centre in Singapore, one 4th-year vet student asked me.
"Yes," I said.
"Will only expatriates use vet specialists as they are the ones able to pay for the services?" she asked.
"No," I said. "Singapore has locals who are prepared to pay provided they see value for their money."
"So, in 2 years' time, you will be able to be a vet specialist and your husband will be shaking his legs staying at home to look after the babies," I said to the girl. If she undertakes specialist training after graduation, she will be qualified as a specialist in 2 years. Actually it will be more than 2 years but sometimes we must not take life so seriously during dinner conversations.
"No, no," she said. "It will be 10 years." I don't know where she has this 10-year-forecast.
As a vet specialist or referral centre, much depends on the skills of the vet. More important it is the public relations. If such vets are arrogant, no other vets want to refer any case to them at all.