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Read the passage below and answer the questions that follow.
 

Dr Vellayan, dressed in his white overall, looks like any other animal doctor. But he does more than what his job requires of him as the head of the hospital at Zoo Negara.

 

Dr Vellayan is not only the sole veterinarian but also the anaesthetist, pathologist, sweeper, drain cleaner and light fixer, all rolled in one. Fortunately, Dr Vellayan is not bothered at all that he has to perform these non-medical duties, although he has six full-time zoo workers to help him.

 

His day begins at 7.30 a.m. when he goes on his rounds inspecting and examining the animals in the zoo. Dr Vellayan takes along some treats for his animals when he makes his rounds. He always carries along with him some hibiscus leaves, fruit and lemon grass.

 

During his rounds, he will inspect the animals assess how the sick animals have responded to treatment and update their medical records as well as fill in a daily report book on the general health of the animals.

 

His rounds usually end at 10.30 a.m. Then he will catch up with paperwork, prepare medicine or carry out post mortems. Other routine tasks he has to attend to are record-keeping, ordering of drugs, preparing daily reports, seeing to the preparation of food for the animals and taking care of the cages.

 

His day does not end at 5.30 p.m. He may be resting at home but he is on call 24 hours day. In fact, he has been called back to work while on holiday or while attending conferences. However, he has made a pact with the experts from the Veterinary Faculty of University Putra Malaysia to treat the animals. Should there be any emergencies during his absence, they will be attended to by these experts from the faculty. Sometimes, he also seeks help from private practitioners but Dr Vellayan laments that some of these veterinarians are not familiar with handling wild and exotic species.

 

Although Dr Vellayan's job is very demanding, he has never had an assistant vet to help him. However, he considers himself fortunate that he has six full-time zoo workers to help him see to the health of the 4000-odd animals in the zoo.

     
  1.

Dr Vellayan gives 'treats' to his 'patients' because he

       
    (A) loves giving away food
    (B) wants them to do him a favor
    (C)

wants to reward them for being obedient

    (D) wants to encourage the spirit of 'give and take'
       
  2.

To be on call means

       
    (A) to visit someone
    (B)

to be ready to go and help whenever needed

    (C) to attempt to speak to someone on the telephone
    (D) to say or shout something so that someone can hear
       
  3.

Why does Dr Vellayan have to do non-medical duties ?

       
    (A)

The zoo workers are very busy looking after the animals.

    (B) He does not like anyone touching his things.
    (C) There is no money to employ any helpers.
    (D) They are his hobbies.
       
  4. The word they refers to
       
    (A) the experts from the veterinary Faculty of UPM
    (B) the six zoo workers
    (C)

the animals

    (D) the pact
       
  5. Which of the following is not true ?
       
    (A) Dr Vellayan and the zoo workers work very hard to ensure that the animals are healthy.
    (B)

Dr Vellayan hopes to start a mini zoo of his own since he has the expertise.

    (C) Dr Vellayan may be called back to work even when he is on holiday.
    (D) Dr Vellayan gets help from other veterinarians when the need arises.
       
  6. Which of the following best describes Dr Vellayan ?
       
    (A) Demanding and arrogant.
    (B)

Dedicated and responsible.

    (C) Careless and irresponsible.
    (D) Hard-working and curious.
       
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  Answers : 1C   2B   3A   4C   5B   6B
 
 
 
 

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