Ambassador Profile – Cassandra Chiang Shu Min, University of Glasgow, Scotland.
Hi, I’m Cassandra – Glasgow Ambassador and President of GUVZS. I have been a part of The Expedition Project Ambassador team since 2021.
Since working with The Expedition Project I have been helping develop opportunities for students at Glasgow University including online courses with the help of Wildlife Vets like Dr. Peter Rogers, Ecologists like Terry-Lee Honiball and fellow ambassadors from Edinburgh, Nottingham and RVC, London and more.
WHEN DID I FIRST REALISE I WANTED TO BE A VET?
I remember the moment when I decide to devote my life to veterinary medicine and wildlife conservation efforts was when I first watched a documentary called “±2℃”. The documentary discussed climate change and explained how drastic our life would change if the global temperature were to be increased by 2˚C.
WHAT IS MY MOTIVATION TO BECOME A VET?
There are many things that drive my enthusiasm for veterinary medicine, including animal welfare, human-wildlife interactions, etc. Knowing that on my journey to becoming a veterinarian and when I do become a veterinarian in the very near future, I am able to bring about changes I want to see in society, and that itself is my main motivation. I want to be able to speak up for the vulnerable wildlife species that aren’t able to speak up for themselves and to help spread awareness for the importance of conserving biodiversity on our planet.
MY BIGGEST TIP IF YOU WANT TO STUDY TO BECOME A VET IS…
To never forget your intention of becoming a veterinarian. There will be massive loads of challenges along the way to becoming a vet, but as long as we do not lose sight of our intention, we will get through the challenges.
THE HARDEST THING ABOUT BEING A VET IS…
Having to accept that sometimes even with the best intentions, things can’t always go our way. However, that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t try our best and give it all we have got when faced with challenges. We can’t be in control of everything, but as long as we tried our best on what was under our control, we shouldn’t feel discouraged even when things don’t turn out the way we wished it would be.
WHAT IS MY FAVOURITE ANIMAL?
MY FAVOURITE ANIMAL-RELATED STORY IS…
I had the opportunity to work in an animal shelter for a month in 2019, and when I first arrived, there were two feisty kittens in the shelter that had been having chronic diarrhoea. Giving them medication was one of the toughest jobs as they would do everything they could to get out of it, even if that meant having to fight me two times a day. I was dedicated to making them feel better by the time I leave, and I was so glad I did. They were almost fully recovered by the end of my time at the shelter and a week after I left, I received a message from the shelter manager saying that they were finally fit for adoption and were quick to be adopted!
MY FAVOURITE ANIMAL PHOTO I HAVE TAKEN IS…