This week’s spotlight is on Animal Care Specialists’ Resident Veterinarian, Dr. Kristine Marie Pulido. Read on and get to know her better.
Vets In Practice: What made you decide to be a veterinarian?
Doc Tin: “I suppose it was no surprise that I would want to be a veterinarian, growing up in a home with not only pets but also farm animals. I was always around them, and so was my family. I remember all of us getting sad and upset whenever one of them was sick or infected and devastated when we would lose one of them. Being a vet now and making sure animals that are put in my care live long and healthy lives is kind of a dream job, a real privilege.”
VIP: What does your work entail?
DT: “Of course, there’s the standard preventive care and treatment for our animal patients. But being surrounded by stores that sell pets, many of our clients are first-time pet owners who recently bought their fur-babies from these stores. It’s an important part of my job, not only to make sure their pets are healthy but also to teach them how to care for their new dog or new cat, with everything from animal diseases to housebreaking.”
VIP: What is the most difficult part of the job?
DT: “It’s always heartbreaking when the situation involves having to put an animal to sleep – first, to have the owner know that it is the best option for the pet and, second, to actually do it. After all these years, it still doesn’t get any easier. But in the end, I just have to tell myself that, especially in cases where the animal is clearly in pain, ending its suffering is the kindest thing to do.”
VIP: What do you do in your free time? Any hobbies?
DT: “I’m really into old-school board games and badminton for sports. I have both dogs and cats, I love to play with them and give them baths.”
VIP: Why did you want to be part of Vets in Practice?
DT: “I’ve always wanted to be part of a clinic or hospital that adhered to high standards in veterinary medicine, and I found it in Vets in Practice. Because we have always kept up-to-date with the newest technology and techniques, our skills as veterinarians are greatly enhanced. But more importantly, the knowledge and experiences shared between me and my colleagues and co-workers, not to mention the happy camaraderie has proven to be invaluable.”
VIP: What advice would you offer someone considering this career?
DT: “Pay attention and stay focused. Learn everything, by heart.”
VIP: What would you be doing if you hadn't become a veterinarian?
DT: “If I hadn’t become a vet I might be an agriculturist or forester, something that has to do with nature. I love taking care of living things.”
VIP: What are your goals/dreams in the future?
DT: “I would love to be part of Philippine College of Canine Practitioners. And my wildest dream is to put up a cattery that can accommodate up to 300 stray cats. A place where all the cats we take in will be spayed and neutered, taken care of and loved.“