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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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    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?

      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 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.

      Answer Example

      "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."

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      Anonymous interview answers with our interview experts feedback

      Anonymous Interview Answer

      "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 Feedback for the Answer Above

      You have some excellent ideas on how to approach a challenging situation like this one. It seems you are very professional and diligent.

      How would you rate Rachelle's Feedback?

      Anonymous Interview Answer

      "Veterinarians do indeed hold legal roles in animal cruelty cases. I would surely present my suspicions to law enforcement and animal welfare authorities. As a vet, I would have a moral obligation to work with law enforcement to protect the welfare of animals as well as prevent further abuse to any animal."

      Rachelle's Feedback for the Answer Above

      Nice answer. You show a strong awareness of your duty as a veterinarian.

      How would you rate Rachelle's Feedback?

      Anonymous Interview Answer

      "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 Feedback for the Answer Above

      These are all exceptional questions to ask yourself when assessing a situation. Good work!

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      Anonymous Interview Answer

      "I would speak in-depth with the owner and get their account of what happened. If there are inconsistencies in their account, then it is likely they are hiding something which is a concern. I would ask if they knew the previous owner and how the animal behaved when they first got it. I would assess the behavior of the animal and see how it interacted with its owner and whether it was considerably anxious around new people. I would carry out necessary health checks and scans on the animal to see if there are signs of previous unaccounted injury or trauma. It would be ideal if I could consult my senior colleagues since they would be more experience in situations like this. Depending on the severity of the case, I may consider contacting the RSPCA."

      Rachelle's Feedback for the Answer Above

      Wise approach! The questions that you would ask are specific, which highlights your critical thinking skills very well.

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      Anonymous Interview Answer

      "Confidentiality between client and vet is key and information regarding a case should only be shared with a third-party in certain circumstances. However, if I had reason to believe that animal abuse was occurring, I would report my concerns to the relevant authorities. The welfare of an animal is more important than client confidentiality."

      Rachelle's Feedback for the Answer Above

      It's wonderful that you understand the regulations/legislation in your region - a factor that your interviewer will be glad to see. Your passion for animal welfare is clear in this response. Good job!

      How would you rate Rachelle's Feedback?

      Anonymous Interview Answer

      "If I am certain animal abuse has taken place, it is best to report it to an animal welfare agency such as the RSPCA. If I am not entirely sure, I should try and investigate the situation further. It may be that I think it is appropriate to consult colleagues or an animal welfare agency to get advice on a specific situation. It may also be appropriate to ask the client, 'Sometimes when I see injuries like this it means the animal has been hurt by someone they live with; is this possible?' to try and get details of the situation. Further clinical investigation may include getting permission to take photos of possible abuse, in order to gather evidence. However, something like this is quite case dependent."

      Rachelle's Feedback for the Answer Above

      Your professionalism and poise shine through in this answer. The question you included is excellent, as it gets to the point without any hint of blaming the client. It's evident that you're aware of multiple solutions and approaches in this type of situation.

      How would you rate Rachelle's Feedback?

      Anonymous Interview Answer

      "If I felt that an animal was being abused, I would first step back and assess the situation. I would ask whether the client was new to the clinic and if there was anything about the situation that didn't make sense. Then I would gather and assess evidence of abuse. If reasonable, I would contact my lawyer and then animal control to help ensure the animal received proper care."

      Marcie's Feedback for the Answer Above

      This is a great answer because you clearly explain the steps you would take if you found yourself in this situation. Choosing to first step back and assess the situation is critical because nobody wants to mistakenly accuse another of committing a heinous act like this. Observing and gathering evidence is obviously very important in this scenario. You also show your thought process here and explain what actions you would take. Great job on this answer!

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      Anonymous Interview Answer

      "If there is distinct evidence of animal abuse, I would immediately direct the case to ASPCA."

      Rachelle's Feedback for the Answer Above

      Your answer is straightforward. If your interview has a more conversational vibe, consider including a story-based example of a time when you have encountered or witnessed this type of situation. You could discuss the veterinarian's actions and whether you did or did not agree with their approach.

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      Anonymous Interview Answer

      "As a veterinarian, we are bound to the Hippocratic oath to ensure the health and safety of animals. If an animal was being abused, I would step into action to contact the appropriate authorities."

      Marcie's Feedback for the Answer Above

      This is a good start; however, it's important that a veterinarian doesn't jump to conclusions and incorrectly accuse an owner of abuse unless it's truly warranted. Consider expanding your answer to include observing and gathering information prior to contacting authorities. You might also want to consider discussing your concerns with the owner as well to hear their side of the story. Ultimately, the interviewer will be happy to hear that you would contact authorities, but make sure to indicate that you would at first be patient and collect information in order to ensure that your accusation(s) are factual.

      How would you rate Marcie's Feedback?

      Anonymous Interview Answer

      "If I was treating an animal that I believed to be abused I would take the owner into a private room and ask them questions about the injuries so that I can gain more knowledge on the situation. If I did then still expect abuse I would educate the owner as best as I could, teaching them about the needs of the animal and how to treat it correctly. I would then schedule another consult to see if the abuse has stopped. If it hasn't I would get the RSPCA involved. When I was on work experience I witnessed a conversation in which the vet was asking how the owner controlled and walked the dogs and they mentioned using prong collars. The vet tried to educate them on other methods and different types of collars."

      Amanda's Feedback for the Answer Above

      This answer is well thought out. Your focus on thoroughly exploring the issue and educating the owner accordingly makes sense and shows your willingness to take initiative to protect the animal.

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