A TALK-SHOW SINGING & DANCING VET
Sing Kong Yuen, BVMS (Glasgow), MRCVS
07 October, 2010
Be Kind To Pets
Saturday, Oct 2, 2010
Spring in Perth this past week was blue skies and
brilliant sunshine during the daytime and coldness at
night. Saturday would be my last day of visit to Perth.
A choice of dinner at a popular small Italian restaurant
packed mainly with young Asian people was excellent.
Wood-fried pizza, noodles full of cheese and thick
creamy tiramisu cakes would not be advised for the
Caucasian waiters interacted with the young adults very
well, sat on the dining chair to take orders, posed for
pictures and engaged in conversation, making the
experience of eating there fun.
Can this be done at the vet surgery? I don't think any
vet would do it. However much depends on the personality
of the vet. I would say one particular lady vet student
would be the ideal candidate as she had that type of
extrovert personality. She was said to be the school
cheerleader and was able to converse well.
"I have a good idea for you," I said to her at the end
of the gathering. "Forget about being an eye specialist
in Singapore. Be a talk show veterinarian. You'll make
more money than operating on dog's eyes." To be a canine
eye specialist, she would need to study post-graduate as
a resident for another 3-4 years. To be a talk show
veterinarian, she could do it after graduation. 99% of
the vet cohort would not be able to do it. She was that
rare bird that would be able to make it in the
"Singapore is not US," her friend said. "There is no
Oprah Winfrey show and therefore no prospects."
"I don't know about that. Singapore has no vet that is
passionate about veterinary medicine and is able to
connect and host a talk show on TV. This lady vet is a
rare gem. She has to start somewhere and that would be
in Singapore as the testing ground before she goes
international and big-time."
"My idea for this half-an-hour veterinary talk show is
for her to discuss one case with a real pet owner, take
some questions about pet care from the audience, do a
sing and dance routine with dancers with her being the
"Is there such a programme in Australia?" I asked the
The classmate said: "There is the Bondi Vet on TV."
"Does he look handsome and sing?"
"He is said to be handsome. He does not do any singing."
"If this lady vet is successful in Singapore, her vet
surgery will be packed to the gills with clients. You
and her classmates will not be jobless as Singapore
nowadays has many private practices. Collaboration
benefits everyone in this situation as each party in the
team has his or her own strength. She brings in the
clientele and you all support her with excellent
This seemed to be an outrageous concept. A vet that can
host a talk show, sing and dance. There are successful
examples of non-vets doing it in the U.S besides Oprah
Singapore might have tried to do some reality TV vet
shows. One of them was a concept to follow up on a pet
owner who would be present when her dog was put to
sleep. I was approached for help in getting an owner who
would consent to such a show. I declined. A dog trainer
agreed. But the administrative arrangements or a poor
script. The dog trainer gave up after some time.
Execution is the key to success in any venture. No money
was paid to the dog trainer and there were so many
delays. What do you expect the poor dog trainer to live
on? The whole project was most likely ditched.
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