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Top 50 Veterinarian School Interview Questions

Question 1 of 52
Imagine the situation. You are working within your role and have a female who gave birth to 9 puppies. She can't feed them all. What would you do? How would you distinguish those that are undernourished?
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Question 2 of 52
How has your education to date influenced your decision to train as a Veterinarian?
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"I consider my education very relevant to my choice of career. I had always taken additional courses in veterinary studies, however I was lucky enough to enrol onto a work experience placement, to gain employability skills, which was within the veterinary industry, and I thoroughly enjoyed the placement and this influenced my decision."
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"I consider my education very relevant to my choice of career. I had always taken additional courses in veterinary studies, however I was lucky enough to enrol onto a work experience placement, to gain employability skills, which was within the veterinary industry, and I thoroughly enjoyed the placement and this influenced my decision."
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Question 3 of 52
Studying at Veterinarian School will require dedication and commitment to your workload. How will you ensure you remain motivated to your studies?
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"I am prepared for the high workload that will come with this course, however knowing that I will gain my qualification as a Veterinarian at the end of it is motivation in itself to me. I do, however, also like to set myself weekly goals and mark them on a task board so I can visually see my progress also."
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"I am prepared for the high workload that will come with this course, however knowing that I will gain my qualification as a Veterinarian at the end of it is motivation in itself to me. I do, however, also like to set myself weekly goals and mark them on a task board so I can visually see my progress also."
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Question 4 of 52
Why do you feel you are the best candidate for Veterinarian School? What can you bring to the school that makes you an ideal applicant?
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"“I have the experience and the attitude to excel in this position. I have almost two years of veterinary experience, which I have gained in collaboration with my school, where I was exposed to all aspects of Veterinary Medicine and worked so hard the first year that they invited me back for a second summer and gave me more responsibilities. I have a reputation for getting things done — and with a smile on my face. That’s because I love working in the Veterinary industry and am excited to learn and get experience in every way possible.”
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Question 5 of 52
What was your motivation for wanting to be a Vet? Have you always had a love of animals?
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"I have always wanted to work as a vet, ever since I was a child. I, obviously, have a huge love for animals and wildlife and think that setting my career goal from a young age has kept me focused and aligned to my future employment choices. My father is also a vet and so I think following in his footsteps is a good choice"
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"I have always wanted to work as a vet, ever since I was a child. I, obviously, have a huge love for animals and wildlife and think that setting my career goal from a young age has kept me focused and aligned to my future employment choices. My father is also a vet and so I think following in his footsteps is a good choice"
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Question 6 of 52
If you had to choose one area of specialism to work within, what would it be?
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Question 7 of 52
Tell me about a time when a colleague you have been working with has made a mistake. What happened, and what steps did you take to rectify it?
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Question 8 of 52
Veterinary school can be an intensive, stressful experience at times. Can you tell me about a time where you have had to handle a pressurised situation? What happened and what was the outcome?
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Question 9 of 52
In your opinion, what do you think would be the most difficult situation you could face as a Vet? Justify your answer.
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Question 10 of 52
What are your opinions on the use of animals for Veterinary School? Do you think your opinions will change if you are accepted to the study programme?
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Question 11 of 52
Give me a specific example of a time when you have had to conform to a policy with which you did not agree. What happened and what was the outcome?
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Question 12 of 52
Give an example of a time when you have failed to reach a target or achievement. How did you handle this, and move forward?
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Question 13 of 52
Give an example of a time when you have had to deal with an irate customer or co-worker. How did you handle the situation, and what did you learn from it?
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Question 14 of 52
What do you think are the best parts about working for a private practice? And why?
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Question 15 of 52
As a vet, do you have the right not to treat an animal? Explain the reasoning behind your answer.
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Question 16 of 52
What does delegation mean to you?
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Question 17 of 52
Why do you think it is important to be able to use your initiative within the role of Veterinarian?
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Question 18 of 52
Give me an example of a time when you have been required to work closely with your colleagues to keep them motivated. Why was this important, and was it successful?
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Question 19 of 52
What is your typical way of dealing with conflict? Give me an example.
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Question 20 of 52
What are your long-term career aspirations? Where do you see yourself in 15 years?
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Question 21 of 52
Tell me about a time when you had to go above and beyond the call of duty in order to get a job done. What was the reason behind this, and what was the outcome?
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Question 22 of 52
Put yourself in the position of a qualified Vet. What would you do if you felt the animal you were treating may have been abused? What legal avenues would you pursue, if any?
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Question 23 of 52
In your opinion should people be allowed to own exotic species? Justify your answer.
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Question 24 of 52
Put yourself in the position of a qualified vet. What would you do if an animal was brought into the surgery, having been hit by a car, and the owner refuses to pay for treatment? Would you still treat the animal?
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Question 25 of 52
Why do you think a career in Veterinary Medicine is for you? Do you have any other career aspirations if you are not accepted into Veterinary School?
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Question 26 of 52
Is there a specific area you wish to work in as a vet? Do you have any aspirations to work outside of a standard practice?
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Question 27 of 52
What is your opinion on using live animals to practice surgery?
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Question 28 of 52
How would you handle the situation if you saw one of your classmates cheating during the course? What would you say, and who would you address it to?
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Question 29 of 52
How will you ensure you are financially stable to complete your studies at Veterinary School?
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Question 30 of 52
What experience have you had working within Veterinary Medicine? What have you most enjoyed?
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Question 31 of 52
Give me a specific example of a time when you have used good judgement and logic in solving a problem. What was the process followed, and what was the outcome?
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Question 32 of 52
How would you handle a customer who had conflicting opinions and views on the required treatment of an animal?
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Question 33 of 52
What experience have you had, if any, working within a farm environment? What did you learn from this experience?
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Question 34 of 52
Tell me about a difficult situation you have had to face within your career to date. How did you handle it and what was the outcome?
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Question 35 of 52
Tell me about a time when you have had to use your persuasion skills to influence someone's opinion. Why was this needed, and what was the outcome?
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Question 36 of 52
Being a Vet will require you to think on your feet and fact-find information if needed. How will you ensure you remain abreast of relevant information required to perform your role?
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Question 37 of 52
In your opinion, what do you see as the most appealing part of a role in Veterinary Medicine?
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Question 38 of 52
What ethical dilemmas do you think you may face as a veterinarian? How would you handle these?
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Question 39 of 52
In your opinion, what do you think is the biggest challenge the veterinary industry faces currently, and why do you think this is?
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Question 40 of 52
What traits do you possess that make you qualified to be admitted into Veterinary School?
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Question 41 of 52
What skills and behaviours do you feel are important in order to be a successful Vet?
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Question 42 of 52
You will be required to provide knowledgeable answers and advice to your clients within the role of Veterinarian. How do you anticipate enhancing your knowledge and skills once qualified?
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Question 43 of 52
What do you think are the worst parts about working for a private practice? And why?
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Question 44 of 52
In your opinion what do you see as the least appealing part of a career within Veterinary Medicine?
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Question 45 of 52
What is your favourite animal, and why?
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Question 46 of 52
Give me an example of a time when you have missed an obvious solution to a problem. How were you made aware of it, and how did you rectify it? What did you learn from this situation?
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Question 47 of 52
Talk me through any clinical experiences you have had, if any. What exactly you did, and what you learnt from it.
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Question 48 of 52
If I had to ask your previous employer to describe your work ethic to me, what do you think they would say, and why?
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Question 49 of 52
Talk me through the research you have done prior to applying for this course. How do you know this course is right for you?
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Question 50 of 52
Looking back at your previous education, which class did you find most challenging, and why?
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Question 51 of 52
How do Animal Rights and Animal Welfare differ?
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Question 52 of 52
Tell me about a time when you have had to use empathy to help a colleague or client through a difficult situation? Why was this important, and how did you manage the situation?
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About Veterinarian School

June 23rd, 2017

If you are passionate about caring for animals, enrolling in veterinarian school may be the stepping stone to an exciting and thriving career as a veterinarian. This is a highly popular career path and admission to veterinarian school can be highly competitive. The exact admission requirements may vary from one school to another but most schools will look for applicants with high academic grades, good test scores, stellar recommendation letters, and a proven record of animal welfare. The last point is particularly important. Veterinarian schools want to see some proof that you are truly committed to animal welfare. Some ways that you can demonstrate your dedication are by doing volunteer work at animal shelters, shadowing a qualified vet at a clinic or doing an internship under the guidance of an experienced vet.
Be prepared to answer questions that are aimed at ascertaining your passion for animals and animal welfare, Questions can range from what motivated you to choose this path to what extent would you go to, to help an animal in distress? Do you believe in euthanasia for animals? Your acceptance to veterinary school hinges on you being able to convince the interviewers that you genuinely care for animal welfare and that you have what it takes. To prepare for your upcoming veterinary school interview, go to Mock Questions and think about how you will answer the questions listed there.

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