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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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Veterinarian School Interview

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    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?

      How to Answer

      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"

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      Anonymous Answer

      "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.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "When finding out that the owner is unable to pay for the surgery, I would like to find out the reason as a way to help the owner. If they refuse to pay because they are not able to afford the upfront cost I would recommend a payment plan such as Care Credit. If they do not qualify for this type of payment option, I would seek out help from charities for this type of case. In the end, I want to help the owner help their animal in whatever way that I can."

      Stephanie's Answer

      Your response shows solid problem-solving skills and compassion for the pet's owners. This is well-rounded and shows your ability to handle uniquely challenging situations as they arise.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "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.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "If I were put into this situation, I would quickly try to determine why the person did not want to pay for the treatment. If it were due to financial reasons, I would suggest different payment plans or even getting into contact with rescue centers after the surgery is performed to see if they would help. If they did not want to pay because they felt the damage was too severe, and there is a slim chance of recovery, I would suggest euthanasia. If the surgery would help, then I would inform them of the high recovery rate and why."

      Rachelle's Answer

      You show a strong ability to assess various outcomes while providing reasonable solutions for all. Great response!

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      Anonymous Answer

      "Ultimately, this animal is under my duty of care, and it is my priority to ensure the welfare of this animal. I would try to come to a compromise with the owner or learn if it was due to financial difficulties. Then, I would discuss the situation from there, making sure that the solution is one in the best interest of the animal. Depending on the accident, if the animal had pet insurance, that could be an option for the owner."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Very well thought out response. Well done!

      "Ultimately, the animal would be under my care, and it would be my priority and duty to look after the welfare of this animal. If the owner could not afford surgery, there are options such as pet insurance or payment plans that we could work through after the fact."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "This is an emergency situation. Veterinarians are obliged to provide a level of treatment so the pain felt by the animal is reduced, at least for the short-term. After doing the most I could without payment, I would then ask the owner their reasons for refusing to pay. If it is due to lack of funds I would try to offer an affordable treatment with an appropriate payment plan or suggest that they ask for help from a charity. My utmost concern would be doing what is best for the animal, and so I would do everything in my power to find a way to treat them."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Your answer is well thought out and shows that you have a solid understanding of care requirements in your region. It's great that you are ready to give your clients suggestions to fund needed care.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "This is a very difficult situation, since as a veterinarian, we want to help all animals, but we are limited by the financial limits of the owners. I would have an itemized quote for similar work done, and depending on the severity of the injury, I would also present the option for euthanasia, I would emphasize the animal's welfare as my top priority."

      Rachelle's Answer

      You make an important distinction, which is making the animal's welfare your top priority. It's a challenging situation, indeed, but you give a caring yet professional answer.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "The health and welfare of the animal are paramount, and this particular animal may be in a lot of pain or suffering after a car accident. If the owner refuses to pay for treatment, I will see if they are insured or a suitable payment plan for them to follow. I will explain to them the severity of the injury and how the surgery is necessary, but if they are still not willing to pay, I would ask if they have any friends or relatives that would offer financial aid. It is also worth looking into whether charities such as the RSPCA, PDSA, or Bluecross can offer any help to the owner. At the end of the day, I cannot force the owner to opt for the treatment, but I would look into every possible option for treating the animal."

      Rachelle's Answer

      It sounds like you would explore many options and do everything in your power to help the patient in this hypothetical situation. Your professional tenacity and knowledge of available resources come through very well in this response.

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