Vet lives in zoo, literally

Vet lives in zoo, literally
Zoo vet Dr Ng Weng Yan, 28, moved into the vacant veterinary staff quarters a month into her job.

SINGAPORE- She was just a month into her job as a veterinarian with Wildlife Reserves Singapore, when Dr Ng Weng Yan, 28, moved into the zoo.

Well, into the zoo's vacant veterinary staff quarters to be precise.

It was November 2009 and she remembers it clearly: "It provided me the unique opportunity of combining my love of emergency medicine and wildlife medicine.

"When I am called back at night, it is often for emergency medical conditions. I have to think on my feet and act quickly and decisively, a challenge I relish."

Located in a forested patch facing the reservoir, the staff quarters also gave Dr Ng the opportunity to savour the peace and quiet that is unlike living anywhere else in Singapore.

Her husband lives there with her. They have no children.

"Where else can I have wild macaques on my porch?"

Dr Ng grew up reading books about animals, zoos, veterinarians and watching nature documentaries.

"My childhood idols were James Herriot, Gerald Durrell, Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey and, of course, Sir David Attenborough."

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