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How has your education to date influenced your decision to train as a Veterinarian?

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Veterinarian School Interview

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    How has your education to date influenced your decision to train as a Veterinarian?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer is probing for information on your previous education and studies, as well as whether you made practical, real-world connections between your academic studies and the world of work. When answering this question focus on what part your education has played in your decision to become a vet. If you have had work experience and/or internships, this is an opportunity to talk specifically about what you learned in the classroom that helped you in your decision.

      "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 enroll 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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      Anonymous Answer

      "I have always envisioned myself pursuing a career in veterinary medicine, and my academic endeavors, specifically my undergraduate studies in animal science, have only added to knowledge and understanding of the field. Studying animal science in college expanded my interest in species. My undergraduate studies focused heavily on large animals and agricultural practices, and this has given me a solid foundation of ethics and public health initiatives within veterinary medicine."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Very well said! You take the interviewer through a quick yet informative educational journey.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "Microbial Pathogenesis was applicable to my experience in small animal medicine. The class emphasized the importance of aseptic technique during surgery, due to the existence of dangerous bacteria that have quickly evolved to resist antibiotics and infect the body. Behavioral analysis class piqued my interest in the behavioral aspects of small animal medicine. Organic chemistry also wired my brain to think more critically to successfully diagnose patients in the future."

      Rachelle's Answer

      This is awesome! Your answer is highly specific, and you do a great job bringing your interests to life for the interviewer.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "My education and life experiences have influenced me to train as a veterinarian. The courses that I have taken allowed me to become interested and passionate about the topics. Then acting on those interests and passions by working at Metropolitan Veterinary hospital and interning with a doctor at Washington State had taught me so much, which allowed me to decide that helping animals is my true passion."

      Rachelle's Answer

      You offer a nice overview of how your passion has built over time. When you say 'passionate about the topics,' it would be a nice touch to unpack exactly which topics are of the most interest to you.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "One of my favorite topics in school is interpreting NMR and infrared spectroscopy and mass spectrometry graphs in order to identify an organic compound. This allows me to be open-minded, innovate and use critical thinking. This made me realize I want to enter a profession where every day I can enjoy the intellectual challenge of problem-solving and thinking outside the box. Along with this, I loved learning about the gaseous exchange system in my biology A level. It was the first time I got to explore how organ systems differ across different animals, and I found it fascinating. I learnt that fish have a countercurrent exchange system to maintain a steep concentration gradient and maximize diffusion. I learned that insects have spiracles for gasses to diffuse in and out of and sphincters to keep them open. This really sparked intellectual curiosity for me, and I realized I wanted to explore different animals more. My desire to work with animals was confirmed to me during my work experience in a small animal vet clinic and an equestrian centre, where I experienced firsthand the fulfilling lifestyle of protecting the human-animal bond."

      Rachelle's Answer

      These details that you have learned are fascinating, and it's clear that you have a genuine curiosity and desire to learn more about animals, insects, and more! Well said.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "In my undergraduate studies, I was fortunate to take many hands-on courses in animal science that were integrated with the on-campus farm. I learned large animal handling skills, which also included employment working with horses and chickens. I also took internships with veterinarians, which gave me valuable clinic experience. These experiences made me fascinated about animal care and made me strive to become a veterinarian to reach the highest education on caring for animals."

      Rachelle's Answer

      It seems your experiences are vast and highly valuable. This is a nice overview, and your passion shines through.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I am currently doing A-Levels in chemistry, biology, and PE. Topics in biology such as Immune response and protein synthesis are extremely relevant to veterinary medicine. I first learned about viruses and their structure which led me to research coronavirus. I found that cats can contract COVID-19 and spread it to other cats after reading a study carried out by the University of Wisconsin. Also through biology, I have learned that cancerous tissue forms as a result of a mutation in DNA. Because I am so fascinated by these topics I know that Veterinary medicine is the right course for me."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Your excitement and enthusiasm for animal medicine and care certainly do shine through. This answer is very compelling, and you provide excellent detail. Well done :)

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