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Criselda C. Lao

Resident veterinarian and Owner of The Ark Veterinary Clinic

 

And - Veterinarian on call in the rescue and rehabilitation of the Philippine Eagle and sea turtles

Working in STEM can help shape the future of how we live, work and interact with one another.

What do you do?

As a veterinarian, I work hard to address the health and welfare needs of several species of animals.  I strive to contribute to environmental protection, research, food safety, and animal welfare.

Why did you choose this field?

I finished veterinary medicine at the University of the Philippines, Los Banos.  To date, I have worked as a research scientist and as a private practitioner for 21 years.  I also work as a veterinarian on call in the rescue and rehabilitation of the Philippine Eagle and sea turtles.  I have always imagined myself working in a complex environment.  Practicing veterinary medicine is a complex endeavor.  I work in the center of a three-dimensional relationship:  the patient, the doctor, the client.  Making a difference in my patient’s and client’s lives is a great reason to be a veterinarian.

What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?

I wished the younger me would have known that collaborations with different sectors in the society are possible to make conditions better for several animal species.

Why do you love working in STEM?

I look forward to better awareness in the society as to the interplay of the environment and all animal species.  Working in STEM can help shape the future of how we live, work and interact with one another.

Best advice for the next generation

“My mother always told me that as you go through life, no matter what you do, or how you do it, you leave a little footprint, and that’s your legacy.” Jan Brewer

Fun fact

Even as a kid, I have always been a Wonderwoman fan.  She is a depiction of growth in the power of women.