Jurong Team Members
Dr Tharm Sook Keng
She graduated in 2003 from Murdoch University in Perth, Australia and had been working in small
animal practices in Singapore until 2011 when she partnered Dr Poon in setting up Island Veterinary
Clinic. With an enduring interest in surgery, she has attended multiple soft tissue and orthopaedic
workshops internationally, picking up skills in patellar repair; oncologic surgery and orthopaedic repair
of fractures. In 2018, she sat on the local organizing committee for the World Small Animal Veterinary
Association (WSAVA) congress held in Singapore. As a veterinary adviser for the Himalayan Mutt Project,
she also contributes and participates in a neuter and vaccination program that aims to bring veterinary
help to the higher reaches of the Annapurna circuit. Since 2014, she has been lovingly adopted by an
abandoned Japanese Spitz.
Dr Claris Yeo
Dr Claris graduated from the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh in the UK in 2021, with a Distinction in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery (BVMS). She is also a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. She returned to Singapore after graduation and has been
working at Island Vets ever since.
Dr Claris strongly believes in creating an environment that helps reduce fear, anxiety and stress in pets. This has driven her to obtain Fear Free certification which has given her the knowledge and
skillsets to implement Fear Free principles in her clinical practice.
Her special interests include Dermatology, Internal Medicine and Ultrasonography.
Outside of the clinic, Dr Claris enjoys spending time with her family and Egyptian rescue cat. She
likes to keep fit through high intensity interval training workouts and going to the gym.
Dr Poon Yuet Foong
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 getting 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 Pathma G.
Dr Pathma graduated from Massey University (New Zealand) and has been working as a small animal veterinarian in clinics around Singapore since early 2017.
In the past year, she has worked extensively in shelter medicine to treat several rescued and stray animals. She was also actively involved in the government TNRM (Trap-Neuter-Release-Manage) program to sterilise and control the stray dog and cat population in Singapore. Her work with street dogs and community cats has made her a passionate advocate for animal welfare.
Dr Pathma is also known for always highlighting the importance of preventative medicine to her clients. Her aim is to educate pet owners on the small but crucial aspects of taking care of their pets in their day-to-day lives to not only ensure the best possible quality of life but also for greater longevity.
On her off days she is an avid reader and hiker, and enjoys spending time at home with her 17-year-old rescue cat. Her long term dream is to buy a house large enough to be used as a hospice for geriatric cats (much to her husband's dismay).
Dr Prithiba Manickavasagar
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.
Apple joined Island Veterinary Clinic in April 2011 as a receptionist and vet technician. Prior to this, she gained her experience working in other vet clinics in Singapore. She will be starting her Veterinary Certificate 2 in July, a correspondence course from Australia that allows students to pursue a diploma in veterinary nursing. Although she initially graduated with a diploma in IT service management and had tried her hand at different jobs, she decided to pursue her passion for animal care in the end. What makes her love this work so much is an animal’s unconditional love towards humans. Although some may be seen as aggressive, she believes there’s always a reason behind their behaviour and likes to try understanding their psyche in order to help them recover and relieve their suffering.
Syarah graduated from Republic Polytechnic in 2018 with a diploma in Marine Science and Aquaculture. She always had a passion for working with and helping animals and it was further strengthen after she was given the opportunity to work and care for the lovable aquatic animals in River Safari such as the manatees and the giant fresh stingrays. She decided to further improve her knowledge and enhance her skills by venturing out into the veterinary industry. Syarah joined the Jurong team in July 2019 as a receptionist with a year’s experience in the veterinary industry.
In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends and playing with her two furry feline kids, Horlicks and Tigger. She also enjoys playing video games and writing whenever she has time.
Ding Xun joined Island Vets in 2022 as a Veterinary Nurse. Prior to this, he spent 4 years in the Jurong Bird Park as a Trainer and Presenter. In the past, he was presenting and entertaining the crowd with eagles and vultures; now he takes care of cats and dogs in the clinic. He loves guinea pigs and will be the first to appear when a guinea pig visits the clinic. In his free time, Ding Xun will be at home gaming or teaching his guinea pigs new tricks.
Lee graduated from University Malaysia Kelantan with a Degree in Animal Husbandry in 2013. He has a soft spot for the brachycephalic breed. In his spare time, he likes to go to the gym.
Nabilah Mohd Saad
Nab’s have been working with animals all her life.
She was a former zookeeper at River Safari where she had the opportunity to care and train animals of various species. From the big carnivores,hoofstocks,reptiles and primates.
She spent 7 wonderful years with Wildlife Reserves Singapore and now she‘s still working with animals, but in a different perspective, nursing.
Apart from animals, she enjoys music, nature, the beach and makeup. Nabs does pet sitting too and she’s a proud owner of her “Black Panther” named Snow and her newly adopted cat named Blu.
Nabs don’t bite, so if you see her around, please say Hi!
Peishi joined our Jurong Branch as a Veterinary Nurse in March 2020 with a deep passion for working and caring for animals. She has always dreamed of working in the vet industry as a nurse and was previously a receptionist at another veterinary clinic. She enjoys the companionship of animals and feels better after interacting with them after a long and tiring day. On top of being an avid animal lover, she also has a soft spot for big dogs and community animals.
Nurse / Receptionist
Lalitha joined Island Veterinary Clinic on Nov 2017, after completing her studies in Information Systems and Business Management. In her career portfolio, Lalitha has seven years of service experience working in the hotel industry. She switched her career to work with animals to move towards her passion. Since then, she has gained much experience in handling animals and worked in various organizations such has SPCA, Jurong Bird Park and Sentosa. Her passion lies in the love for animals and she is a proud owner of a Labrador and two Siamese cats - all of which are adopted. Personally Lalitha strongly believes in adopting pets and has a soft spot for senior pets.
Hui Lin graduated from Temasek Polytechnic with a Diploma in Veterinary Technology in 2019. She worked as vet nurse shortly after graduation and is currently pursuing further studies in veterinary medicine. She loves animals of all shapes and sizes, but has a special soft spot for felines. At home, she is the proud owner of an adorable but stubborn Shih Tzu. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking and cuddling her furkid.
Tricia graduated from Temasek Polytechnic in 2010 with a Diploma in Veterinary Technology. She joined Island Vets in 2022, after several years as a senior veterinary technician at a busy small animal general practice. Her special interests include small animal nutrition, stress-free patient handling and assisting in various soft tissue surgeries. In her free time, Tricia enjoys experimenting with new recipes and swimming. Her favourite breed of dog is the Wire-Haired Dachshund.