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Date:   09 October, 2010  
Focus: Small animals - dogs, cats, hamsters, guinea pigs & rabbits.
Dr Sing Kong Yuen, BVMS (Glasgow), MRCVS
09 October, 2010 
Be Kind To Pets
Veterinary Education
Project 2010-0129
Sunday, Oct 3, 2010

How do I connect with a group of undergraduates who are at least 26 years older than me? I would say that this group of 3 vet students would be from 22 to 24 years of age and I am 3 times older and how should I carry on an easy conversation with them?

A common interest in veterinary medicine mixed with a sense of humour is the key to interactions during a meal. But it is not easy to make the young adults feel that there is a two-generation gap between them and me making their acceptance to a farewell lunch a boring event with an old foggie.

It was a sunny Sunday afternoon and this Northbridge Chinese Restaurant in Perth was packed. We were given a smaller room away from the noise of the main eating area. The others at the two tables in this room were quietly eating.

It happened that one of the 3 vet students was not aware of my concept of a veterinary talk show that I deemed great for one of the vet students (not present at this lunch and whom I will name as Boo for the purpose of this story) I had shared with the other two yesterday. See
A talk-show vet concept. So I told him to further elaborate my concept. 

"You know," I said to this serious young man whom I shall call Ashton. "The name of the veterinary clinic should be 'Boo Clinic.' Dr Boo would host the veterinary talk show in Singapore. There would be an audience of pet owners at the show. One of them would ask her pet care questions related to a theme, for example skin diseases. She would examine the pet and give her advices.

"After that, the audience will clap their hands in appreciation. Dr Boo will stand on a stage and sing a love song of unrequited love in English and Cantonese. That will make the young girls in the audience weep since she is such a good songstress.

"Soon a group of dancers will appear as she sings and they dance rock and roll.

"An intermission. Phone calls from pet owners come in. 5 questions about pet care are answered. 

"Another singer who is starting up in the music business appears. He or she has a duet with Boo. There is more dancing. The "audience" claps their hands on cue in loud applause!

The young man's eyes opened wide and shook his head as if he was saying: "What sort of whacky concept is that?"

I continued: "The veterinary clinic should be named "Peek-A-Boo" as it is such a good name to remember. Boo's classmates will work in the background to do the surgeries as Boo will not be able to cope with more pet owners coming to patronise this clinic. No need to solicit or worry about no business as more veterinary clinics are opened every year in Singapore. Boo's fame brings in the fortune." 
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The Young Ones Shouldn't Be Afraid....

"Dancers should hold a mask each to peek at each other. They turn to face each other in two rows. Music starts. They hold hands, curtsey and bow. They dance. A peek behind the mask, a boo to the opposite partner when they meet again. 

The young man's two classmates laughed loudly for reasons I still do not fathom even as I write now. "I don't want to be associated with your scheme!" the young man suddenly exclaimed.

"In talk shows, an audience clapping in applause may be faking the applause," I explained to this young man. "They clap on cue and this is common in the talk-show business."

I looked at this young man who did not reply. He had had been well brought up by the missionary school teachers during his formative years. The values of integrity, honesty and duty mean much to him, I presume.  

It was a fun lunch with the young adults who were 2 generations younger than me. It is change from talking to silver-haired generation who sometimes talk about impending death. I was glad that these young people laughed a lot and did not take me seriously. Vet students are not taught to do other things than practise veterinary medicine when they graduate. But there are professions that make much more money than veterinary medicine and a successful vet-talk vet is richer than a successful vet.

P.S. I read a newspaper article about a U.S medical talk-show that is going international to China. Therefore, the doctor involved will be much richer than seeing patients one by one. 

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