Our Team

Dr Brian Loon

Principal Veterinary Surgeon

Dr Brian Loon BSc. BVMS (Hons) (Murdoch),
Cert Vet Acupuncture (IVAS)

Dr Brian Loon graduated from Murdoch University, Western Australia, in 2007 and has since been practising as a small animal veterinarian in Singapore. Dr Loon's areas of special interest include diagnostic ultrasonography, endoscopy and minimally invasive (key-hole) surgery (laparoscopy), and he has obtained further training in these fields. In his efforts to enhance the level of holistic care provided, Dr Loon is certified in Veterinary Acupuncture with the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) after undergoing a year long intensive training in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) and Acupuncture. He is also a certified and registered member of PennHIP, which is an internationally known modality for diagnosing hip dysplasia in cats and dogs.

Dr Loon places great emphasis on client education as he believes that by understanding their pets better, pet owners can enhance the bond with their furry companions. His love for animals started with his local mixed breed dog when he was young. He is now accompanied by Hayden, a loveable and energetic Miniature Schnauzer, and a rabbit who is adorable and bitey all at once.


Gabriel Wong

Practice and Operations Manager

Gabriel Wong

Gabriel was previously working in the financial sector, with experience in people and business management. He has always had an instinctive love for animals and people alike, and is privileged to be able to contribute his experience to improve the health and well-being of companion animals. Gabriel's family currently includes "Ally Jane", a Border Collie.


Philippa Spellman

Veterinary Surgeon

Dr Philippa SpellmanBVSc (Massey)

Dr Philippa Spellman graduated from Massey University in New Zealand in 1995. A lot of her career has focused on working with small animals in Emergency and Critical Care clinics in the U.K. and New Zealand. However her last stint before arriving in Singapore was to work for 5 years in Abu Dhabi and Dubai in general practice. Dr Spellman has developed a strong interest in all kinds of soft tissue and orthopaedic surgical cases and enjoys following them through. Her other passion is to work up any medical problems with pets and taking time with clients so that they may understand their pets condition and provide the best solution for their care.

In her spare time, Dr Spellman loves to travel to any new country and enjoys sampling the variety of cuisines they have on offer. She also loves cooking new dishes and spending time with family and friends.


Dr Yeumee Song

Veterinary Surgeon

Dr Yeumee Song BVSc(Hons I), BSc(Vet)(Hons I), MVS

Dr Yeumee Song graduated from the University of Sydney, New South Wales in 2008, and has worked in Australia, the United States and Singapore pursuing her professional aspirations while travelling the world. During her career, Dr Song developed a strong interest in internal medicine, completing her Masters degree in Veterinary Studies through Murdoch University, Western Australia in 2015. She is currently completing her certification in Veterinary Acupuncture through the Chi Institute, in an effort to provide holistic therapies as a beneficial adjunct to traditional western veterinary practices. She has also obtained further training in endoscopy, laparoscopy (keyhole surgery) and ultrasonography / echocardiograpy.

Dr Song treats a wide array of species, including small mammals like rabbits, guinea pigs and hamsters. She is also fluent in both English and Korean. Dr Song is passionate about animal health and welfare, and believes that responsible pet ownership can be achieved through open communication between veterinarians, pet owners, and the public to provide the best care possible for all creatures. In her spare time, Dr Song loves to spend time with her family and friends, including her adopted ragdoll cat, Malakas. She endeavours to keep travelling the world in search of adventure, good food and wine and lasting memories.


Dr Celeste Lau

Veterinary Surgeon

Dr Celeste Lau BSc DVM(Melbourne)

Dr Celeste Lau graduated from the University of Melbourne and returned to Singapore soon after to practice as a small animal veterinarian. She enjoys both medical and surgical aspects of veterinary practice and loves communicating with pet owners to achieve the best outcomes for their beloved pets. During her time in Australia, she spent several weeks attached to specialty practices in feline and rabbit medicine and thus developed interest and skills in these areas which she continues to actively pursue. She is also committed to upgrading her knowledge to better serve your pets' needs.

Dr Lau currently cares for a turtle named Snappy, and she hopes to add a cat to the menagerie soon.


Dr Heng Yirui

Veterinary Surgeon

Dr Heng Yirui BVMS (Hons) MRCVS (Glasgow)

Dr Heng Yirui graduated with honours from the University of Glasgow, Scotland UK, and has a keen interest in small animal and exotic animal internal medicine and surgery. He has been attached to veterinary clinics around the world, from an elective in a specialist exotic animal hospital in Edinburgh to a volunteer dog and cat spay and neuter clinic in the Galapagos Islands.

Dr Heng enjoys interacting with both pet parents and their fur kids, and firmly believes in knowledge sharing to ensure that all animals receive the highest standards of veterinary care. When he is not at the practice, Dr Heng spends his time with his two dogs “Gisele” a Siberian Husky and “Magnus” a Shiba Inu, or pursuing his hobbies in wildlife photography and scuba diving.


Dr Rui Oliveira

Veterinary Ophthalmologist

Dr Rui Oliveira DVM CertVOphthal MRCVS

Dr Rui Oliveira graduated from the Technical University of Lisbon in 1999, followed by an intensive Postgraduate Diploma in Veterinary Ophthalmology in Barcelona in 2002. He attained the Certificate in Veterinary Ophthalmology awarded by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons London (RCVS) in 2012.

Dr Oliveira completed an internship in 2000 at the Small Animal University Hospital in Milan, working in many disciplines. He has since worked in both private practice and in veterinary teaching, as well as being an advisor in Veterinary Ophthalmology for several zoos, aquariums and wild animal centres in Portugal. He is now based in a busy referral veterinary centre in the UK, and also spends time working extensively in ophthalmology in Spain, Portugal, China, Hong Kong, Dubai and Singapore.

Dr Oliveira enjoys treating eye cases in a wide variety of animals, and regularly performs surgery for cataract, glaucoma and conditions of the eyelids,cornea and retina.

Dr Oliviera has presented papers at a number of international meetings and conferences including ECVO ESVO Congress in Dublin, and AMVAC Congress in Madrid.

Although Portuguese is Dr Oliveira's mother language, he also has a good knowledge of Spanish, Italian and French as well as being fluent in English.

Papers Published


Due to international work commitments, Dr Oliveira has limited schedule availability. Please contact us for an appointment or any enquiries.


Dr Elise Robertson

Feline Specialist and Endoscopist

Dr Elise Robertson BS BVetMed MACVSc (Feline), DipABVP (Feline), AFHEA MRCVS

Ever since five years old, Dr Elise, Robertson, a.k.a The Cat Doctor, knew that her calling was to be a Feline Specialist. With that dream in mind, she soared across the world to learn from some of the most distinguished feline specialists, leading to her Feline Specialist qualification as a Feline Practice Diplomate with the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners.

Through her years working with cats and other small animals, Dr Robertson developed an interest in minimally invasive diagnostic and surgical tools such as endoscopy and laparoscopy (keyhole surgery), receiving formal training from multiple institutions in USA, France, Germany, UK and Italy.

Dr Robertson is passionate about providing a friendly, empathetic and approachable service for veterinary colleagues and their clients. Today, Dr Robertson operates her own feline and endoscopy referral service around many veterinary clinics in England, and now with Amber Vet in Singapore.

During her free time, Dr Robertson practices on her cello, travels the world, conducts educational talks and spends time with her lovely cats, Elliot and Doctor Eric.


Due to international work commitments, Dr Robertson has limited schedule availability. Please contact us for an appointment or any enquiries.


Venus Bautista Alejandro

Head Veterinary Technician

Venus Bautista Alejandro

Venus graduated with the degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of the Philippines Los Banos, with special interest in small animal medicine and surgery. Her research into the ultrasonographic features of the liver in water buffalo was awarded as the best in thesis/research and was published in Philippine Journal of Veterinary Medicine. She worked as a full time resident veterinarian in the Philippines for nearly 3 years before working as a veterinary technician in Singapore. Venus is actively involved in community sterilisation programmes for dogs and cats when she is back in the Philippines and is involved in promoting anti-rabies campaigns and responsible pet ownership through seminars within their community. She is a proud and meticulous parent of a Shih Tzu named Patch.


Rio Escobar Ridad

Senior Veterinary Technician

Rio Escobar Ridad

Rio completed her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at University of the Philippines at Los Baños and was awarded for Academic Excellence in Veterinary Pharmacology & Physiology in 2006. She decided to heal and connect with animals at a young age due to her past experiences dealing with infectious diseases of her own family pets. She previously worked as a resident veterinarian in the Philippines for a year before working as a veterinary technician in Singapore for three years. She also had an opportunity to teach the amazing rewards of disease diagnosis, healing and surgery of animals at a Polytechnic in Singapore for three years. She moved to Jakarta in 2014 and worked for a small animal veterinary practice to share her knowledge and experience to other veterinarians and pet care consultants.

Rio is especially passionate in the fields of clinical diagnosis, emergency and critical care and surgery. She believes in good pet nutrition, low stress handling of animals and that they keep us healthy. She is also a delighted "pawrent" of a Shih Tzu and Chihuahua cross named "Porter" and two happy Mongrels "Java" and "Cap".


Chrislyn Antonio

Veterinary Technician

Chrislyn Antonio

Chrislyn earned her degree of Doctor of Veterinary of Medicine from Benguet State University. Driven by her love and passion for animals since a young age, she practised in a small animal clinic facility and a government veterinary field unit in the Philippines for nearly five years. In that time, she was enthralled by the captivating world of the profession.

Chrislyn then took on the role of Pet Care Consultant at one of Singapore's leading pet shops for almost four years, till her desire and enthusiasm to be part of the rewarding circle of small animal practice redirected her to Amber Vet. Back home, Chrislyn is accompanied by her adorable white furball mixed breed (Shih Tzu crossed Maltese) named Lucky.


Josephine Lim

Certified Veterinary Nurse

Josephine Lim

Josephine has had a variety of pets growing up, and is passionate about all animals big and small. She started out at Amber Vet as a veterinary assistant before pursuing and completing her Associate Degree in Veterinary Nursing, and now, she’s back at Amber Vet as a certified veterinary nurse. She thoroughly enjoys her job as a veterinary nurse, especially caring for senior dogs and cats, and hospitalised patients. She also strongly believes in low stress handling of all animals that visit the clinic. Josephine is currently unowned by any animal, but hopes that will change in the near future, preferably by a senior cat.


Raina Toh

Senior Veterinary Assistant

Raina Toh

Raina graduated from the National Chengchi University in Taiwan (R.O.C.) with a degree in English Language and Literature. Her love towards animals was sparked by two mongrels rescued by her father and a bunch of rabbits adopted by her mother when she was just a little girl. She finally decided to devote her time to her furry friends when she 'adopted' a ginger cat at her university campus, christening him Tai-Yang ("the Sun" in Chinese). After graduation, she served Pursi, an adult FIV positive domestic short hair adopted from a shelter, for a good 4 years. Pursi's passing did not deter her love for animals. It gave her extra motivation to help as many animals as she can in and out of Amber Vet. Being promoted to Senior Veterinary Assistant, and the Cat Nurse Advocate for Amber Cat Vet, she will ensure that your pets receive the same love she gave to Pursi.


Alexandria Wongso

Veterinary Assistant

Alexandria Wongso

Growing up, Alex had five dogs and helped care for them. She has worked part time in a pet shop and this is where her love of helping animals grew. She hopes to pursue her dream of being a veterinarian one day and helping any animals that come her way. Alex is the proud parent of a mischiveous West Highland Terrier named Scott and loves to explore the neighborhood with him on his daily walks.


Tara Tan

Veterinary Assistant

Tara Tan

Tara’s love for animals started off at a young age – she previously owned almost every type of domestic animal from pet goldfishes to a maltese named “Tasha” and has treated them with utmost priority in her life. Her love and passion for animals has motivated her to help animals in need, aspiring her to leave the HR industry and take up a veterinary assistant role. She hopes to pursue her dream even further by becoming a veterinarian in the future.


Joanna Lee

Assistant Office Manager

Joanna Lee

Joanna majored in graphic design and received her degree (Bachelors of Arts) in the United States of America. After years as graphic designer, she decided it was time for a change of scenery and moved to Sunny Singapore. Being a animal enthusiast, she decided to pursue her passion and worked as a veterinary nurse for 2 years. Along the way, she discovered her interest in practice and inventory management, and thus became the purchasing officer for the veterinary practice she was at.

Joanna now manages the practice's inventory, along with IT and other administrative duties, ensuring that the practice is running like clockwork, allowing the team to treat all animals efficiently and to the best standards possible. Joanna receives unconditional love from ZaiZai, a Shetland Sheepdog, NuNu, a Miniature Pinscher, and LeLe, a ginger cat.


Claudia Tan

Client Experience Executive

Claudia Tan

Claudia graduated with a degree in Marketing and Management from the University of Newcastle, Australia. After a year of practising Marketing in a bank, she decided it’s time to get up close with animals and pet owners. Claudia has a desire to enhance your customer experience here at Amber Vet, improving communications and going the extra mile to reach out to your heart.

Although Claudia never had a furry pet of her own, she befriended the cats and dogs of her neighbourhood. During her free time, she plans for her next diving adventure from fun dives to courses such as Shark Conservation. She wishes to show others the lovable side of all animals, one paw and one fin at a time.


Chanel Lyn

Concierge

Chanel Lyn

Chanel graduated from Murdoch University with a degree in Tourism and Events Management.

She previously worked with Singapore Airlines and more recently at the Jurong Bird Park as a bird trainer and show presenter before joining Amber Vet. Chanel's love and empathy for animals started young when she and her brother found a crab with one of its legs missing in their mother's grocery.

Chanel is always appreciative of anyone who cares for animals and hopes to understand more about animals from her journey with Amber Vet.


Hayden

Amber Vet Ambassador

Hayden

Hayden is a Miniature Schnauzer who was fostered from his previous owner when he was one year old. When his fostering caretaker brought him to Amber Vet for a check up, the Amber Vet team fell in love with him, and he was subsequently adopted and proudly joined the Amber Vet team. Hayden spends time both in the clinic and at home. He has a loving and carefree nature, and is always excited to meet all kinds of people and animals. Among his various Ambassador roles, he is currently training to be sociable and graceful with all creatures great and small. During his free time, Hayden enjoys chasing birds, feasting on bananas and receiving hugs.