Meet Our Vets
Dr Tharm Sook Keng
BSc BVMS (Murdoch)
She’s been in small animal practice for 15yrs after graduating from Murdoch University in 2003. Having worked in local private practices and a few volunteer stints overseas, she started Island Veterinary Clinic in Singapore with partners in 2011. The area that excites her is surgery, both soft tissue and orthopaedic. Since 2008, she has gone for multiple workshops in Europe and SEA delving in soft tissue and orthopaedic surgeries. In 2018, she was on the local committee of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) conference held in Singapore and organized the local scientific programme. In the same year, she also participated in a research cum neuter programme with the Himalayan Mutt Project in Manang, Nepal. She is very happy to be able to do what she does no matter
where she is.
Dr Poon Yuet Foong
BSc BVMS (Murdoch), B.Bus (NTU), CVA (Cert Vet Acupuncture)
She graduated from Murdoch University in Australia in 2005 with a degree in veterinary medicine and surgery. She also has a degree in Business from NTU(1998).
She has worked in in a busy small animal practice in Singapore prior to IslandVets . During this period, she has taken time off to obtain the Certificate of Veterinary Acupuncture from The Chi Institute which is jointly awarded by the China National Society of TCVM in 2009.
She is a registered Vet Acupuncturist in The Chi Institute and hence is recognised by the IVAS. She has also completed the advanced acupuncture training in 2010. In addition, she has attended classes in Food nutrition and herbal classes conducted by the Chi Institute.
Dr Poon has also completed Sydney University's CVE courses in Ophthalmology ( 2009) and Surgery( 2010) . She has also attended various workshops in surgery conducted by Improve Interbation in Swindon, United Kingdom. She has also done various courses on avian medicine and practice management. She is continuing her interest in internal medicine by attending continuing education courses In Melbourne . In addition, she is hoping to further her interest in complementary medicine by geeting certified in canine rehabilitation in the near future.
Her interest is in medicine with emphasis on integrating both conventional and chinese medicine to obtain the best results.
Dr Angeline Wong
BSc BVMS (Murdoch), BSc (Hons) (NUS)
Dr Angeline Wong graduated from Murdoch University in Australia in 2005 with a degree in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery and started her career with a small animal practice. She then explored her interest in pathology with the governmen lab for a period of 4 years where her work includes post mortem examinations, cytological examinations, disease investigations and facilitating animal health programmes.
She has completed post-graduate course in medical oncology (2011) and soft tissue surgery (2014) with CVE Sydney. Currently, she is doing a course on low stress handling as she hopes to make the vet visit a pleasant one for the pet patient or at least not more fearful the next time.
She believes in patient care with focus on evidence-based medicine and strives to achieve that with continuing education and keeping abreast with current recommendations.
She is adopted by a beautiful cross-breed dog that found her on the road. She enjoys spending time with her family, cooking and crafts.
Dr Dawn Chong
Dr Dawn graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2009, and spent 9 years practising in a busy vet clinic in the east, before joining Island Vet in late 2017.
Besides the obvious perks of the job (i.e. puppies & kittens), Dawn looks forward to building camaraderie with her patients' families. She has special interest in small animal internal medicine & surgery, as well as avian medicine. Outside of the clinic, she has worked on community projects with SPCA, Love Kuching Project, SOSD and elephant sanctuaries in Thailand.
On her days off, Dawn enjoys spending time nurturing an unhealthy level of attachment with her 2yo Congo African Grey parrot Pazuzu. She also has a beloved senior Golden Retriever Sally, and a dying vegetable garden.
Dr Prithiba Manickavasagar
BSc BVMS (Murdoch)
Dr Prithiba graduated from Murdoch University in Australia in 2002 with a degree in veterinary medicine and surgery. She also has an honours degree in Zoology from the National University of Singapore (1998).
She worked in Adelaide before returning to Singapore, where she practiced, for a period of 7 years, at a busy small animal practice.
She has managed a variety of clinical cases and has performed both routine and elective soft tissue surgeries on both domestic and small mammals. During the course of her work, she also attended regularly at the SPCA performing numerous neuters of rabbits and guinea pigs.
Over the years she has attended continuing education courses, both locally and overseas and is a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. She is now qualified to perform ultrasound scans of the abdomen
As a clinician and surgeon, she supports preventive medicine, client education and proactive medical management as central tenets of veterinary care.
She firmly believes in helping owners help their pets. She is a mother of two boys and a girl and believes that serving animals complements her nuturing role as a parent.
Dr Sophia Wong
BVM&S (Edin), MRCVS
Dr Sophia graduated from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh in the UK, with a degree in veterinary medicine and surgery. She returned home after graduation to work at a busy small animal before joining Island Vets in 2014.
She completed her post graduate studies at the European School of Veterinary Post-graduate Studies (ESVPS) and is a certificate holder in Exotic Animal Practice.
A dedicated practitioner of dog and cat internal medicine, her expertise further extends into medicine, imaging and surgery of birds, reptiles, small furries, rabbits, and other species. She was featured in the Straits Times editorial on turtle care.
She constantly endeavours to provide the best veterinary care to animals, and is committed to educating and communicating with owners to improve awareness and husbandry knowledge for their pets’ long-term well being.
Outside of work, she is a keen swimmer and spends time with her expanding menagerie of three mongrels and a cat.
Dr Tanja Kahrs
BSc (Bristol), BVSc (Sydney)
Dr Tanja graduated from the University of Sydney in 2011 with a degree in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery. She also has obtained a degree in Zoology from the University of Bristol. After graduation, she returned to her home country of Singapore where she worked for a busy small animal practice prior to joining Island Vets.
She has completed courses in Feline medicine and Internal Medicine with the University of Sydney CVE program. She has a keen interest in Internal Medicine and hopes to further develop her skills in Surgery and Radiology. She also has a passion for all things “Feline”.
She believes in the importance of preventative pet healthcare, which aims to evaluate pet health and recognise early signs of disease.
In her free time, she enjoys nature and conceptual photography. She is an avid film enthusiast and is quite fond of reading every chance she gets.
Dr Vivian Shim
BVM&S (UK) MRCVS
Dr Vivian completed her bachelor in veterinary medicine and surgery at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh in 2012. Upon graduation, she took up a position at a small animal clinic in the heart of Singapore with a main focus on dogs and cats.
Interested in seeing more exotics species, she has decided to move on and recently joined our Bedok branch in September 2015.
She firmly believes in the importance of preventative medicine, and encourage clients to be well-knowledged regarding the benefits of good diet and husbandry. She also regularly participates in continuing education courses to keep up-to-date with current advances in veterinary medicine, so as to serve the pet community better.
During her past time, she enjoys exploring parts of Singapore that are less travelled and closer to nature. She also enjoys a good book or completing D-I-Y projects at home.