Employers are typically interested in assessing how well co-workers and clients would respond to you if you were hired, and how you would interact with them. This is a situational interview question, and there is no wrong or right answer. One strategy for your response is to share an anecdote to demonstrate the motivational techniques you have used in the past.
Veterinarian School Interview Questions
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?
Employers are typically interested in assessing how well co-workers and clients would respond to you if you were hired, and how you would interact with them. This is a situational interview question, and there is no wrong or right answer. One strategy for your response is to share an anecdote to demonstrate the motivational techniques you have used in the past.
"While at my previous company we had redundancies in the middle of an already understaffed project. The 5-person team I was in was demoralized and also needed to absorb the additional work from the departed staff. I took everyone on the team out for coffee individually. These one-on-one meetings were an opportunity to vent, but also created space for employees to share pain points. I shared all the potential roadblocks in a follow-up team meeting, and we brainstormed solutions together, including adjusting the timeline slightly.
Because the team felt that their frustrations were acknowledged, there was no simmering resentment holding people back. Instead, the team felt enthusiastic and unified in a common goal. "
"As I was the captain of the regional senior team, I had an important job of motivating and encouraging the team during training and competitions. During a game day, our teams' morale was decreasing as we faced tough competition and struggled to play to our best ability. I led by example, giving vocal encouragement and working harder to gain possession of the ball. The team followed suit, and our performance improved. We went on to win the game."Rachelle's Answer
You sound like a true leader! Using examples from competitive sports is always a great angle to take in a student interview. Nice work!Was this answer helpful? Yes or NoThank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
"Genetics was a tough class in undergrad. Each exam was very difficult, and I knew that to even perform averagely on the exam, I had to put in many hours of studying. I had a study group for this class, and we studied together before each exam. Before we met up the night before the exam, I would create study plans and practice tests for us to do as a group. I acted as the team leader and kept us on pace as we studied. When we lost momentum, I would lay out achievable goals. It was successful in that I felt prepared for my exams. There was another time where I took new members of my sorority to coffee mid-semester so that we could talk out how their semester was playing out, and I did this to keep them motivated and give advice if needed."Rachelle's Answer
It seems that you take on a leadership role often, and very naturally so. Excellent examples of working hard, being detailed, and keeping focused to reach your goals. It's awesome that you work so hard to help others along the way!Was this answer helpful? Yes or NoThank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
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?
The interviewer is questioning your future career choices and wishes to know if there is an area of specialism, within the veterinary industry, which appeals to you. This question is often useful for an interviewer to understand your future career aspirations, and will likely assist in guiding you through this process to reach them (should you be successful).
"I have a strong interest in specialising in Equine Health, due to my passion for horses. I believe this to be the career route for me, and I intend to study hard to fulfil this dream. Equine Studies is a tough area to specialise in, however, I feel ready for the challenge"
"I aspire to work with farm animals since I found the farm and large animal aspects of my work experience the most fascinating. I would also like to travel and work with various breeds of farm animals all over the world. I have always dreamt of working in New Zealand. In the long term, I would like to set up a mixed practice, in a rural area, much like the practice I attend for work experience."Rachelle's Answer
These are interesting and exciting goals! Your specifics will help the interviewer to picture your goals better.Was this answer helpful? Yes (1) or No (0)Thank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
"There is no one specific area that I wish to work as a vet because, over the years, my interests and curiosities have changed. I feel that as a student in veterinary school, I will learn and discover new passions that may lead to new paths. I do, however, at this current time have aspirations to work outside of standard practice and to be able to work with exotic animals, aquatic species in particular."Rachelle's Answer
It's entirely alright to have fluid interests! Your interests are exciting, and you sound very open to new experiences.Was this answer helpful? Yes or NoThank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
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?
Prior to answering this question think about your choices, as this is a situational question that is looking to challenge. Did you not want to conform to the policy because it was unethical--but then you did? You may think of yourself as the martyr in that situation, but you'll just come across as someone who is OK with being unethical. That's not the image you want to project. Did you not want to conform because you knew best? Saying that you knew more than your previous boss is a bad tactical error in an interview because then you're badmouthing them--and that's always a no-no. The best way to handle this question is to understand that the interviewer wants to know how you would really react in a difficult situation. What's your communication style? Did you confront your boss? Did you avoid the whole discussion?
"I might ask questions or express concerns over a policy because I believe it's part of my job to support the team and that includes spotting potential issues before they become actual problems, but in the end the decision belongs to my supervisor and I always respect that."
"I think an example and one that I have discussed with my vet while volunteering is the situation where a healthy animal has to be put down because the owner cannot afford to look after it. This is a very controversial topic for obvious reasons, and there are many factors that people need to take into consideration. However, at the end of the day, I will support the decision of the vet as I know that he has much more experience."Rachelle's Answer
This example is very good. I have reworded it for the sake of grammar and sentence structure.
"One policy to which I cannot agree is when a healthy animal needs to be put down because the owner can no longer look after it. This topic is highly controversial, and many factors need to be taken into consideration when facing this type of job as a veterinarian. I came across this very scenario while volunteering at an animal clinic. Of course, I supported the vet in what he needed to do; however, I did not agree with the action taken."Was this answer helpful? Yes (5) or No (0)Thank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
"While spending my time volunteering at the animal shelter, I became close to an 11-month-old lab mix that eventually was deemed unadoptable, and the policy is euthanasia in these cases. While I voiced my concerns and tried every alternative, it did not go in my favor. With the chance to speak to the vet, it allowed me to better rest that he knew best."Rachelle's Answer
This would have been a challenging situation - a tough one to face. I recommend including more detail when you provide story-based answers. Our guide to STAR for behavioral-based responses should be helpful to you: https://www.mockquestions.com/articles/Master Behavioral-Based Interviews Using The Star Method/Was this answer helpful? Yes or NoThank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
What do you think are the best parts about working for a private practice? And why?
This question is asking for your personal opinion, however, prior to the interview, you should prepare for this question by researching the benefits of working for a private practice, so that you can gain an understanding of the differences between corporate and private workplaces.
"Working in a private practice is appealing as you have more control and autonomy with decision making than in a corporate organization. You can also determine your pricing structure and treatment plans independently. Working for a private practice seems to cut out some of the paperwork that is involved with purchasing equipment, and you are often working in a more 'local', smaller team"
"The private practice may allow more freedom of choice for veterinarians to decide what direction their practice will take. Private practices also allow people to have more options in terms of the level of veterinary care they want."Rachelle's Answer
Great! Choices are always important to have, for both sides; the clients/patients and the providers.Was this answer helpful? Yes (1) or No (0)Thank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
"I think there are two main advantages. Firstly, there's more flexibility on procedures and pricing and treatment options since corporate vets must follow a variety of procedures. Therefore, you can feel as if you have more control and autonomy. Secondly, there is less paperwork and a less extensive approval process to purchase equipment or make changes to clinic procedures."Rachelle's Answer
You offer strong insight in this reply - it's clear and to the point.Was this answer helpful? Yes or NoThank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
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?
This is often a common question to be asked during an interview process. Interviewers understand that stress and pressure can be handled in many different ways. The interviewer does not want to hear that you never get stressed; after all, everyone feels stress at one time or another at work. Instead, the employer wants to see if you know how pressure affects you, and how you manage it.
"I react to situations, rather than to stress. That way, the situation is handled and doesn't become stressful. For example, when I deal with an unsatisfied customer, rather than feeling stressed, I focus on the task at hand. I believe my ability to communicate effectively with customers during these moments helps reduce my own stress in these situations and also reduces any stress the customer may feel."
"Rather than allowing situations to cause me stress, I try to manage stress to the best of my ability. During my first semester at college, I was taking a full course load while managing three part-time jobs. This could have easily been too stressful to sustain or undercut my ability to perform at my best. However, I stayed organized and used my time well to ensure I could manage stress effectively."Marcie's Answer
Wow! A full course load while also working three part-time jobs is definitely a recipe for stress. The fact that you were able to manage this successfully says a lot about your ability to handle stress. This is a good answer, but I would suggest providing more detail around exactly how you stayed organized and managed your time in order to handle everything. If you relied on a calendar or a task management tool/program, I would mention this. Perhaps you might also talk about those moments when things did feel stressful and mention the stress management techniques you used to relieve this (like taking walks, listening to music, deep breathing, and relaxing with friends). Finally, you might add a sentence or two about how you thrive under pressure and prefer that type of fast-paced environment.Was this answer helpful? Yes or NoThank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
"When being down a technician at work. It usually always becomes stressful. I have found that I take stress on trying even harder to stay focused and, in the end, actually works out better. With each new stressful situation, I find myself learning new ways to cope with it."Rachelle's Answer
This is a good start! When answering 'Tell me about a time...' questions, I recommend utilizing the STAR framework to organize a helpful and robust answer. If you'd like to learn more about STAR (Situation, Task, Action, Result), we have a guide available here: https://www.mockquestions.com/articles/Master Behavioral-Based Interviews Using The Star Method/Was this answer helpful? Yes or NoThank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
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?
At interviews, the best type of employee is the one that helps other employees succeed. When problems arise, employers want to see that you know how to deal with the problem and that you use your problem-solving skills to handle it yourself without being a tattle tale. That means that you have to choose an example that isn't too serious (ideally a mistake anyone but you could have made) and that you dealt with it in a way that the colleague would have appreciated.
"In my previous role, I noticed that my colleague was submitting information over to our manager (from a joint task) which contained incorrect figures. The colleague was also not allowing me to input into the task and ultimately, as it was incorrect, it would fall on me. To resolve it, and since I was new, I didn't want to start telling people how to check for errors, so I asked the coworker that made the mistake a question as if I was confused about it, in order to check it through thoroughly."
"During swim lessons, a teacher was allowing the swimmers to swim in the deep end without a floatation aid. I knew that these swimmers might struggle. So to avoid any panic or accidents, I quietly mentioned to the teacher that I had taken this class previously, and the swimmers couldn't manage well out of their depth. This avoided any accidents or humiliation for the teacher."Rachelle's Answer
It seems that you handled this situation swiftly but respectfully. Good approach!Was this answer helpful? Yes or NoThank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
"A time that a colleague of mine has made a mistake while working was when they accidentally performed the urinalysis incorrectly. When I noticed it, I just nicely told them the step they performed incorrectly and showed them the correct way. Everyone makes mistakes, so it is important not to get angry or frustrated with the person and instead work as a team."Rachelle's Answer
You sound like a true team player and someone willing to lend a hand. Your patience and kind attitude will be noticed!Was this answer helpful? Yes or NoThank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
Studying at Veterinarian School will require dedication and commitment to your workload. How will you ensure you remain motivated to your studies?
The interviewer is asking this question to ensure you have considered and are prepared for the high levels of coursework you will be required to complete. When you answer this question, be honest -- but also keep your audience in mind. Will you use any specific methods to keep you focused, such as personal targets or an achievement board?
"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."
"Having the end goal of being a veterinarian will most definitely keep me motivated. I can handle the workload by keeping organized using a planner, for example, to keep track of the work I need to complete day to day."Rachelle's Answer
This question is referring more to how you will remain motivated rather than organized. Try to focus on action steps such as changing your scenery when things become dull, taking advantage of new experiences, or taking on group work.
"I feel ready for the commitment and dedication required of me during veterinarian school. To maintain motivation, I plan to take on more group-work where I can work with the energy of others; try a new study space for a change of scenery, or open myself up to new experiences to keep my environment fresh."Was this answer helpful? Yes (4) or No (0)Thank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
"I plan on keeping a planner so I can keep track of deadlines and goals. I will write larger overall goals for veterinary school and break them up into manageable steps in my planner. I will use positive reinforcement, rewarding myself for achieving these steps."Rachelle's Answer
These are all excellent forms of motivation. When it comes to positive reinforcement, what rewards will you explore for your achievements?Was this answer helpful? Yes or NoThank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
What experience have you had working within Veterinary Medicine? What have you most enjoyed?
Interviewers often ask this question in order to gain a better insight into your career and work history. This question is asking you to explain your previous experience, if you have any, and then explain what areas you have most enjoyed. Try to focus on skills and specifics here, and think of examples which could be transferable into your new role, as this will show you have an understanding and experience of how your past career can be utilized further.
"I have had experience working within a local veterinary surgery as a weekend assistant. My role was to support the veterinary surgeon during local surgery, assisting with preparation and paperwork prior to and following surgery. The most enjoyable part of this role was having exposure to various surgical procedures, which allowed me to learn processes and ask questions throughout."
"I have had the opportunity to shadow and work for a few different veterinarians. This allowed me to gain experience in a small animal, large animal, and mixed clinic. Through these experiences, I was able to assist with several procedures, including ACL repairs, enucleation surgeries, cesarian sections, and blood draws on both large and small animals. Through these experiences, I have learned how to do a thorough physical exam and a bit about how to do different procedures. What I most enjoyed was working with farm animals and dealing with their unpredictable behaviors in a setting outside a clinic."Marcie's Answer
This is an excellent answer because it is thorough and direct. Great job! If you wanted to add anything else, you might explain why you enjoyed working with farm animals outside the best and whether this is your ultimate goal or not.Was this answer helpful? Yes or NoThank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
"A particularly rewarding experience for me was in a small animal vet clinic where there was a wall of thank you cards thanking the vets for dedicating their time and effort to not only improving the animal's lives but their owner's lives also. To me, this highlighted what a fulfilling profession veterinary medicine is, and that I want to dedicate the rest of my life to protecting the human-animal bond."Rachelle's Answer
The thank you cards sound like a nice touch! You do a good job answering the final part of the question, 'what have you most enjoyed' in terms of the environment. I recommend focusing further on your overall experience and exposure to the work of a veterinarian. Walk the interviewer through your career or student highlights focusing on the soft and hard skills you have gained thus far. Then, consider discussing how these experiences will help you to be a diligent and high-performing student.Was this answer helpful? Yes or NoThank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
How will you ensure you are financially stable to complete your studies at Veterinary School?
In order to be successful at Veterinary School interviewers will be looking for evidence to support your financial commitment to the course. When answering this question it would be beneficial to show how you intend to finance your studies, i.e monthly budget sheets, savings/investments, loans/grants. Interviewers are looking for individuals who can clearly show they have considered the financial aspect of the course.
"I am financially stable and able to fund my studies. I have set up a budget plan each month which incorporates my fee and also includes additional expenses such as study materials, books etc that I may need as part of my course. Sticking to my budget plan will ensure my finances are accurate and up to date"
"I hope to receive as many scholarships as found fit for myself. As well as using the help of loans and making monthly budget plans. I’ve always been a great saver and have a savings to help with school. I’d like to find a happy medium where I can still find jobs here and there to help with the essentials of everyday life."Rachelle's Answer
Good for you! It's wonderful that you are already a strong saver. It seems you are very well prepared for the financial commitment of veterinarian school.Was this answer helpful? Yes or NoThank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
"Because I understand that attending veterinary school is not only an educational commitment but a finacially commitment as well, I choose to attend Miami University because between my scholarships and tuition wavier, I will be able to graduate debt-free. My scholarships covered more than what I will owe, so I'll save any additional money for veterinary school. I have also been working three jobs in order to save money for vet school. I am fully aware that I will likely have to take out a loan to cover any cost above what I have saved."Marcie's Answer
Excellent answer. Having attended a university that allowed you to graduate without any debt due to scholarships is amazing, and having the dedication to save leftover funds for veterinary school is also very admirable. Saving in this way, as well as by working so many jobs, shows that you are committed to going to veterinary school and that you aren't applying on a whim. It shows that you've been working toward this goal for quite some time as you are prepared in multiple ways, including from a financial standpoint. Nice!Was this answer helpful? Yes or NoThank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
What is your typical way of dealing with conflict? Give me an example.
There are many other variations on this question and it is a very common interview topic. From the interviewer's perspective, the idea is to find out about the candidate's conflict management ability and general interpersonal skills.
"When dealing with conflict, I first listen hard to the other person or people on the other side of the issue to be sure I understand what their argument is, and try to determine their open-mindedness to hear another perspective. I then lay out my case and hear their response. I either sell them on my side, get sold on their point of view, or compromise to make both sides as sanguine as possible to move forward to a mutually agreeable outcome."
"I feel proper communication can diffuse any conflict. I am a trained, advanced peace advocate, so I regularly employ conflict resolution techniques in various situations in my school and social life. This involves listening carefully to understand the issue properly, then giving multiple solutions from which the individual can choose from and attempt. During this time, I show no facial expression to indicate my opinion and do not start talking until the person has finished."Rachelle's Answer
Wow - this is really cool and stand-out information that any interviewer should be interested in hearing. How did you go about training as a peace advocate? A bit more background may be nice here.Was this answer helpful? Yes or NoThank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
"I do not see myself as a confrontational person. I have no trouble standing up for what is right; however, I am not one to quickly get involved with conflict. In the case of a dispute, I try to handle the situation with up-front and fair questions. I choose to listen to others and reach an agreement, even if the agreement is choosing to disagree. When I have dealt with conflict in the past, I approach another individual without blame and like to talk out disagreements and try to see eye to eye, if possible."Rachelle's Answer
It seems your approach is professional and fair. Good answer!Was this answer helpful? Yes or NoThank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
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?
This question is a situational-based question, asking you to answer as if you were the vet. In answering this question it is recommended that prior to your interview you research processes and procedures in relation to animal abuse so that you can show a knowledge and understanding of the role. This shows the interviewer that you understand the position and have researched the correct process that needs to be followed.
"My understanding is that every qualified vet has an obligation to protect the health and welfare of animals, and in this situation, I would report the suspected animal abuse to the appropriate authorities, even when such reporting is not mandated by law or local ordinance. Doing so is for the benefit of the animals, but there are often implications for people, as well."
"First, review the animal's clinical history to see if there is any previous non-accidental injury, as this may be good evidence as to whether the animal is being abused. Discuss what you have noticed with colleagues and if it seems appropriate, politely ask the owner about what you have noticed. Admit the animal for further investigations and treatments if needed. Seek advice from an animal welfare agency or local authority and report the issue."Rachelle's Answer
You have some excellent ideas on how to approach a challenging situation like this one. It seems you are very professional and diligent.Was this answer helpful? Yes or NoThank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
"Every vet has an obligation to protect the welfare and health of animals. Before taking any action, I would first step back from the situation- is the owner new to the vets, is there any discrepancy in name or address, is there a lack of concern for the animal. I would then take appropriate action by informing the RSPCA."Rachelle's Answer
These are all exceptional questions to ask yourself when assessing a situation. Good work!Was this answer helpful? Yes or NoThank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
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?
This question is a situational based question, asking you to answer as if you were the vet. In answering this question it is recommended that prior to your interview you research processes and procedures in relation to non-payment for treatment so that you can show a knowledge and understanding of the role. This shows the interviewer that you understand the position and have researched the correct process that needs to be followed.
"In this situation, I would strongly recommend the animal be treated and explain the need for this to the owner. I would try to ascertain why the owner does not want to pay, as it could be due to financial difficulty, in which case I would recommend a payment or deferred payment to aid the situation. Ultimately my goal would be to reach a solution that benefits the animal"
"I think it would be important to ensure they are aware of the recovery rate of treatment and that it has been explained so that the owner understands. I also think it would be important to find out why they're refusing to pay as if it is due to a financial issue; it may be possible to get charities involved."Rachelle's Answer
Excellent thinking! Your answer highlights the fact that you are an analytical thinker and that you can approach your clients with data as well as tangible solutions.Was this answer helpful? Yes or NoThank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
"As the RCVS code states, the veterinarian's first consideration should always be animal welfare. Therefore, it is in my best interest and professional responsibility to assure the most compassionate response for the animal is carried out. I would explore different options for them, such as charities that provide financial aid for treatment. If this is not possible, I would suggest euthanasia, since it is most likely cheaper and will end the animal's suffering."Rachelle's Answer
Good - your answer is straightforward and clear. Your understanding of the RCVS code is strong, and the interviewer should appreciate that you lean on facts when forming your responses.Was this answer helpful? Yes or NoThank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
What was your motivation for wanting to be a Vet? Have you always had a love of animals?
The interview is asking this question to establish your reasons for wanting to work within veterinary medicine. When answering this question it is important that you explain what influences you have had when making your decision, is it a family profession? have you always wanted to work in this industry?
"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"
"I grew up around animals; my mother always made sure we took in stray cats. My desire to work with animals began with elephants. My heritage in India always seemed to follow me, and I found myself wanting to study these magnificent creatures. I was involved in research in Thailand with elephants, where I met a wildlife veterinarian who inspired me to incorporate my passion for animals with my interest in medicine."Rachelle's Answer
This is wonderful inspiration, indeed! Nice answer.Was this answer helpful? Yes or NoThank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
"I always had a love for animals and wanted to work with them even before I knew it was work. As a kid growing up, we always had animals, went to zoos, and watched animal planet. I was also lucky enough to grow up with a veterinarian as a mother. I made every day I could take your kid to work day to get a glimpse at what she was doing. No other career option could ever compare, working with animals and helping them was my calling, and I have spent the last few years making it a reality."Rachelle's Answer
It is terrific that you are taking on a similar career to your mother; how exciting! You give a nice overview here, bringing your passion for animals to the forefront.Was this answer helpful? Yes or NoThank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
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?
If your interviewer asks you to give an example of a time that you felt you went above and beyond the call of duty, they are not necessarily interested in the example itself. Instead, they want to ensure that you are the type of worker that will work hard to get the job done properly, rather than just to get the job done. Additionally, they want to know what your definition of 'going above and beyond' is. Because the interviewer is most interested in ensuring that you have the quality they are looking for, your answer should focus on that quality. In this case, you should focus on dedication and hard work.
"At my last job, I was given a project and the expectations for it, but I knew that the minimum requirements were not going to get the job done properly. I had to work weekends, but I did it how I knew it had to be done. That is how I define 'going above and beyond': doing what needs to be done and not just what is expected of me. "
"When I was working within a group to prepare science-based lessons for primary children, the plans weren’t being made and lessons organized. So I decided to find ideas, plan the number of materials needed, create a rota, and organize group meetings to ensure the lessons would run smoothly. My group wasn’t as enthusiastic or interested as I’d hoped, and did not meet deadlines, so I took matters into my own hands."Rachelle's Answer
The fact that you took matters into your own hands shows a lot of initiative, confidence, and leadership capabilities. All of these are critically important qualities for a Veterinarian to have as well! This was a good example to use.Was this answer helpful? Yes or NoThank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
"While working at my first job as a pizza cook/manager, I had to do what would benefit the restaurant. One day one of my coworkers did not show up to work. Since I opened the restaurant at 8 a.m., this individual would have been closing. The coworkers and I finished the dinner service, but since I was the manager, I stayed to close the restaurant because I did not think it was fair to ask them to stay. I worked a 16 hour shift that day to help the restaurant and my staff. My boss was very proud that I took responsibilities as a manager and did not try to get out of it."Rachelle's Answer
It's very nice that you did what you felt you needed to, on behalf of your employer and staff. Your answer shows a lot of integrity!Was this answer helpful? Yes or NoThank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
As a vet, do you have the right not to treat an animal? Explain the reasoning behind your answer.
This question is being asked by the interviewer to establish your knowledge of the veterinary industry. Prior to your interviewer, it is recommended to research fully so that you can confidently answer this question, with evidence to support your response.
"My research has definitely helped me in answering this question. My understanding is that a veterinarian is under no legal duty to treat an injured animal. But once a vet agrees to treat a pet, stopping while the animal still needs attention may lead to malpractice liability"
"As a vet, your main priority is to always the health and welfare of the animals you are treating, no matter what their condition or circumstances are. If the animal is not your client however, then you are under no obligation to treat it. If an owner is unable to afford treatment, you must make sure they are aware of ways in which they can receive financial aid, e.g. creating suitable payment plans, contacting family members or animal charities who could potentially contribute. As a vet, you can't let an injured animal suffer if the owner cannot afford treatment without trying your hardest to help. Finally, there may be some unfortunate cases where the animal's condition is untreatable. If so, euthanasia may be the only viable option, even though it may be hard to accept, you are still doing what is best for the animal."Rachelle's Answer
Your answer is detailed and showcases your thorough understanding of this topic. It's great that you addressed various circumstances, further outlining that each situation requires a unique approach or response.Was this answer helpful? Yes or NoThank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
"As a veterinarian, there is no law or policy stating you are required to treat an animal. That being said, my view is that is it unethical to start treatment and then decides to no longer treat the animal without having a valid reason to do so. When a veterinarian begins treating an animal, it becomes their responsibility to complete it."Marcie's Answer
Good answer! Perhaps consider putting the example of not treating an animal if they are a patient at another clinic toward the top of your answer as this is potentially a reason why a vet might refuse to treat an animal. Another reason you might mention includes being concerned for the physical safety of yourself or your staff. But consider emphasizing that if at all possible you would always treat an animal so that it is not in pain and has a chance to recover and that you feel this way because of your love for animals. Your point about it being unethical to start treatment and then not continue it appears to be a valid and good reason to keep in your answer as well.Was this answer helpful? Yes or NoThank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
If you had to choose one area of specialism to work within, what would it be?
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?
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?
How has your education to date influenced your decision to train as a Veterinarian?
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?
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?
In your opinion, what do you think would be the most difficult situation you could face as a Vet? Justify your answer.
Give an example of a time when you have failed to reach a target or achievement. How did you handle this, and move forward?
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?
What does delegation mean to you?
Why do you think it is important to be able to use your initiative within the role of Veterinarian?
In your opinion should people be allowed to own exotic species? Justify your answer.
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?
What are your long-term career aspirations? Where do you see yourself in 15 years?
What is your opinion on using live animals to practice surgery?
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?
How would you handle a customer who had conflicting opinions and views on the required treatment of an animal?
What experience have you had, if any, working within a farm environment? What did you learn from this experience?
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?
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?
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?
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?
What is your favourite animal, and why?
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?
What ethical dilemmas do you think you may face as a veterinarian? How would you handle these?
In your opinion, what do you think is the biggest challenge the veterinary industry faces currently, and why do you think this is?
What traits do you possess that make you qualified to be admitted into Veterinary School?
What skills and behaviours do you feel are important in order to be a successful Vet?
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?
What do you think are the worst parts about working for a private practice? And why?
In your opinion what do you see as the least appealing part of a career within Veterinary Medicine?
If I had to ask your previous employer to describe your work ethic to me, what do you think they would say, and why?
In your opinion, what do you see as the most appealing part of a role in Veterinary Medicine?
Looking back at your previous education, which class did you find most challenging, and why?
How do Animal Rights and Animal Welfare differ?
Talk me through the research you have done prior to applying for this course. How do you know this course is right for you?
Talk me through any clinical experiences you have had, if any. What exactly you did, and what you learnt from it.