Veterinarian School Interview
What are your long-term career aspirations? Where do you see yourself in 15 years?
How to Answer
The interviewer wants to understand more about your career goals and how this position would fit into your grand plan. They care about your career goals because they want to hire someone who is motivated, proactive, and likely to stick around and work hard if hired. If succeeding in this role is important to you as part of your long-term career strategy, you are much more likely to perform well.
"Considering my studies and the process I will be undertaking to proceed in this career, I have long-term aspirations to remain in the veterinary industry. I see myself perhaps focusing on a specialist area, such as equine, but my success in the role is very important to me and I see myself having a long, happy veterinary career"
6 Community Answers
"I have always had an interest in wildlife and zoology and after spending a week at the Safari Park for work experience, I would definitely consider going into this field if possible. On work experience, I like close-up encounters with wild and endangered animals, I like to observe various vet training sessions and learn more about the importance of breeding and conservation. I believe that working as a zoological vet would give me the unique opportunity to have a direct impact on the conservation of endangered species, I would not just be helping one animal, I'd be helping a whole population. I do however know that this is a very niche career area and so I am also interested in equine and large animal medicine, but I am willing to keep my options open to research as well."
Awesome! The detail you provide shows that you have put a lot of thought into your future. You show a strong understanding of self, your career desires, and overall interests while still showing flexibility in your path.Was this answer helpful? Yes (0) or No (0)Thank you, your vote helps us display the best answers!
"In 15 years, I hope to see myself as an orthopedic surgeon for dogs and cats. The satisfaction I have felt for dogs and cats who have recovered from broken bones is unmatched. This is a surgery type I can recall from my earliest memory of animal medicine yet I hope it to be a memory I get to relive for the rest of my life from the perspective of the surgeon who saved an animal's limbs and life."
You sound very dedicated to this career field, and it's great to hear that you're hoping to be an orthopedic surgeon for dogs and cats in fifteen years. I suggest adding a closing sentence that re-states your commitment to the veterinary profession, and orthopedic surgery specifically.Was this answer helpful? Yes (0) or No (0)Thank you, your vote helps us display the best answers!
"My long term career aspirations involve opening my practice after working at a mixed practice for a few years. I want to specialize, and in addition to this, I want to do research."
These are excellent long term goals!Was this answer helpful? Yes (0) or No (2)Thank you, your vote helps us display the best answers!
"I would love to see myself owning a private practice, this is probably due to the practice I volunteer at being private and not commercial, but I find it a much more enjoyable environment in which to be."
Have you worked in a commercial environment? If so, be prepared to give a comparison when making a statement that you find private much more enjoyable. Otherwise, omit the comparison and commit to the positives.
"The private practice where I currently volunteer has given me such a positive experience so, in 15 years, I would love to see myself in a position of owning a similar clinic, myself."Was this answer helpful? Yes (0) or No (0)Thank you, your vote helps us display the best answers!
"Straight after graduating from university, I plan to work in a small animal practice for a number of years to hone my skills and solidify my knowledge. Afterward, I would love to work in a specialty area or in conservation because climate change and human actions are endangering too many species."
You have terrific direction and clarity - this is a good answer that your interviewer should find informative.Was this answer helpful? Yes (0) or No (0)Thank you, your vote helps us display the best answers!
"I have had a positive experience with working with a private practice equine veterinarian, and I would hope to see myself working in the same area. I would like to specialize in performance medicine, but I also would like to get a broad array of experiences. My extensive experience in working with horses has given me the skills that would be useful in my career, and my experience here would give me the tools to further be able to serve my equine community."
It seems you are very targeted in your goals and interests, which is fabulous - you are already a mile ahead!Was this answer helpful? Yes (0) or No (0)Thank you, your vote helps us display the best answers!