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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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    In your opinion, what do you think is the biggest challenge the veterinary industry faces currently, and why do you think this is?

      How to Answer

      This is a question that is asking for your personal opinion, therefore there is no right or wrong answer to this. The interviewer is looking for understanding that you are aware of the challenges that face the industry currently, and the potential impact this could have in the future. Prior to interview it is recommended to research into this question, as it is a common question to be asked.

      "When I researched into the veterinary industry it seemed apparent that one of the major challenges the industry faces is for veterinary practices to keep on top of changing standards, emerging trends and new drugs, therapies and treatments in the field. The industry is ever-changing and therefore it is important that vets remain abreast with new legislation, laws and practices to continue to provide relevant services."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I think a huge problem that the veterinary profession faces at this moment in time is the rise of antibiotic resistance in livestock. In India and China alone, 73% of antibiotics are used in animals raised for food. The meat production has risen in South America, Asia, and Africa in recent years and so the demand for antibiotics has increased. Antibiotics are used in livestock as it means that more energy is conserved instead of them fighting disease. The future of antibiotic resistance does not look good."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Very interesting answer, and concerning, indeed! Try offering up some suggestions or ways that you hope to alleviate this as a veterinarian professional.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "One of the biggest challenges in the veterinary industry is the lack of vets staying in clinical practice. Many vets move onto managerial or business-related roles as there is a lot more money in these roles, and veterinary practice can be a very stressful environment. I think this is a big issue as it means fewer senior veterinarians in the industry as many of them move onto other careers."

      Rachelle's Answer

      This is an insightful concern - the succession of this profession is incredibly important. As a future veterinarian, how will you help to alleviate this industry concern?

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      Anonymous Answer

      "In my opinion, I feel that the biggest challenge the veterinary industry faces currently is the high suicide rate and substance abuse. I think the reason for this is that most individuals do not know how to cope with this stressful and emotional career. How I plan to deal with this emotional and stressful career is by talking with my family and mentor and knowing that I have tried my best."

      Rachelle's Answer

      It is a stressful and emotional career, indeed. Be sure to also share with the interviewer what you plan to do to cope, professionally.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I think a really important dilemma in the veterinary industry is the lack of diversity. It's in every essence vital to have vets of different walks of life for numerous reasons. First of all, different life experiences can help us innovate and progress as a profession. Secondly, clients will feel more comfortable to go to the vets if there is a representation of their cultural and socioeconomic background. Thirdly, and just as importantly, it can help prevent feelings of isolation for minorities in an already intensive profession."

      Rachelle's Answer

      You bring up some crucial points - good job! Next, be sure to include a helpful idea or solution. For instance, when you are a veterinarian, how will you help the industry overcome this disparity?

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      Anonymous Answer

      "The UK's exit from the EU is one of the biggest challenges facing the veterinary industry because there is so much uncertainty. Almost 50% of vets come from overseas and if the immigration rules become more strict, some may not be able to stay in the UK. Those who are planning to work in the UK could be discouraged from doing so. Brexit could also lead to the dismissal of many pro-animal welfare laws. It could be a massive step in the wrong direction."

      Rachelle's Answer

      This sounds like a lot of potential unrest. Your answer highlights the fact that you are well- immersed in topics that impact veterinary medicine. If you could do anything to alleviate this issue, what would you choose to do?

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      Anonymous Answer

      "When I researched the veterinary industry, it seemed apparent that one of the significant challenges the industry faces is for veterinary practices to keep on top of changing standards, emerging trends, and new drugs, therapies, and treatments in the field. The industry is ever-changing, and therefore vets must remain abreast with new legislation, laws, and practices to continue to provide relevant services. The ways that I manage to stay in touch with current issues that may affect the veterinary community is by checking BBC news health every day, as well as reading magazines such as InPractice and checking websites such as the RCVS."

      Rachelle's Answer

      You lean on some highly reputable sources, which is fantastic. You make an excellent point re: the ever-changing standards and trends. Are you able to give any concrete examples of changes you have read about or researched lately?

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