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What is your opinion on using live animals to practice surgery?

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    What is your opinion on using live animals to practice surgery?

      How to Answer

      This question is asking for your opinion, therefore it is recommended that prior to interview you research into laws that surround the use of live animals in schools, so that you have an understanding of the subject nature and outcomes. While there is no wrong or right answer here, considering the use of animals for study no longer happens, it is recommended to answer in favor of this change.

      Answer Example

      "I disagree with the use of live animals for study programmes and fully support the changes to the academic system to prevent this from happening. I believe that the use of synthetic materials and simulations is a far better method as it allows students to learn at their own pace with the ability to repeat a procedure as often as needed, and this eliminates the need for animals to be used"

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      Anonymous Interview Answer

      "I think that it is a great thing that many vet schools in the US are looking for alternatives for the use of live animals or at least reduction in terminal surgeries. I think it is important to look into other options, such as having students work alongside vets on real surgical cases and other nonanimal models such as virtual simulators. I feel it is possible to reduce animal use in practice surgery, but with current technology, we can't eliminate animal use yet."

      Rachelle's Feedback for the Answer Above

      Your answer provides many alternatives that are very do-able, yet you also show reason by including that we aren't 100% there yet. Good balance in your response!

      How would you rate Rachelle's Feedback?

      Anonymous Interview Answer

      "I do not believe that vets should practice surgery on live animals. I believe that there are more beneficial and ethical ways of gaining practice. For example, surgery simulator technology can be used which would allows you to practise the surgery multiple times to perfect your technique, something that cannot be done with live animals. The technology also allows the user to find different ways of carrying out the same procedure and this may be beneficial for your learning."

      Rachelle's Feedback for the Answer Above

      Your opinion is strong and very compelling. It's clear that you have performed research on this topic. I recommend changing the 'You' wording to make it more personalized. I have provided an example below.

      "I do not believe that live animals should be used to practice surgery as there are more beneficial and ethical ways of doing so. For example, a surgeon simulator technology can be used, which would allow me, as a student, to practice the surgery multiple times to perfect my technique, something that cannot be done with live animals. With a surgery simulator, I would also be able to attempt and discover different ways of carrying out the same procedure, which will diversify my learning."

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      Anonymous Interview Answer

      "I think that with the technology and innovations available now which can replicate the anatomy of an animal, there is no need to use live animals to practice surgery. Also, animals which aren't live could be used. I can understand how this is a very beneficial way to learn; however, I don't think it is worth the expense of the animal suffering when there are alternatives."

      Rachelle's Feedback for the Answer Above

      Good! Your response is very thoughtful, and it shows that you have an up-to-date understanding of available veterinary learning tools.

      How would you rate Rachelle's Feedback?

      Anonymous Interview Answer

      "I believe that using live animals to practice surgery completely contradicts the purpose of being a veterinarian. This is because vets have a duty to protect animals from suffering and pain, but using them to practice surgery does the opposite. Instead, it inflicts suffering and pain. This is why the use of sophisticated simulators or simple devices such as suture boards is more appropriate. It does not involve the mistreatment of animals in which we should be protecting."

      Rachelle's Feedback for the Answer Above

      I like that you take a strong stance on what you believe while also showcasing a viable alternative. Very well said!

      How would you rate Rachelle's Feedback?

      Anonymous Interview Answer

      "As the RCVS code of conduct states, animal welfare should always be the number one consideration of the veterinarian. Considering this, I think it is vital that the animal's welfare is respected when practising surgery. However, I think it is critical to practice on live animals to enable future veterinarians to ensure their future patients have the best treatment possible and it will, in turn, allow them to be confident in ensuring the best animal welfare. Although it is important to note that the use of live animals should be avoided if there are other methods available, such as the use of synthetic materials. In conclusion, I think the use of live animals is not only acceptable but essential where necessary, as long as their welfare is prioritised."

      Rachelle's Feedback for the Answer Above

      It's good that you mentioned the RCVS code of conduct, as this shows that you bring a strong knowledge of this topic and legislation. You bring up some important points, and your answer shows balanced thinking.

      How would you rate Rachelle's Feedback?

      Anonymous Interview Answer

      "I believe using live animals to practice for surgery is acceptable. As long as all parties have full disclosure and the student is well prepared and has veterinary supervision in case of emergency, then it is a beneficial opportunity for a student."

      Rachelle's Feedback for the Answer Above

      Your answer is straightforward and shows that you have a comfort level with these upcoming learning scenarios. If the school you are applying to offers learning tools in the form of simulations, I recommend adding in a comment regarding the technology advancements available for hands-on learning without using live animals.

      How would you rate Rachelle's Feedback?

      Anonymous Interview Answer

      "In some instances, using live animals to practice surgery may be necessary; however, this is unfavorable. With the advancement of technology, I believe there are other viable options. The use of virtual simulations allows for repeated experience and practice. It is exciting to see a reduction in the number of live animals being used, and hopefully, we will be able to eliminate the need in the future."

      Rachelle's Feedback for the Answer Above

      Your approach is excellent! You show an understanding of how things are now while focusing on the fact that there are exciting advancements in the works. You sound very positive - good work.

      How would you rate Rachelle's Feedback?

      Anonymous Interview Answer

      "Allowing veterinary students to practice surgery is valuable to their education. While using live animals to practice these surgeries is practical and allows for real-world situations, simulations and models can allow students to obtain a similar experience. Thus, I think it is great that veterinary schools are looking into alternative options for practicing surgeries."

      Marcie's Feedback for the Answer Above

      Great answer! You remain relatively neutral and suggest a possible alternative that doesn't involve live animals, which is great, but you also acknowledge that it is extremely helpful for veterinarian students to be able to practice surgery in a realistic setting. Nice job.

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      Anonymous Interview Answer

      "I do not agree with the use of live animals to practice surgery, especially when many schools have the technology to avoid this. With the use of simulations, students can practice at their own pace to understand a surgery process. If there is no appropriate simulation for a specific surgery, students can work alongside a veterinarian to make sure no animal is being used for an unnecessary procedure."

      Marcie's Feedback for the Answer Above

      This is a great answer because you directly respond to the question and support your opinion with logical reasoning. Given that your opinion might be the less common answer to this question, be fully prepared to defend it. Do most schools have the technology to fully replace the use of live animals for practice surgery? If a student doesn't have access to the correct simulation and only assists a veterinarian, will they be fully prepared when they need to do it themselves? Make sure your answer tackles these questions and more so the interviewer will be thoroughly impressed.

      How would you rate Marcie's Feedback?

      Anonymous Interview Answer

      "Animal welfare should always be considered first in these situations when animals are being involved, therefore animal treatment is needed to meet the 5 freedoms. I think that using animals is an important part of learning and getting the correct education. However, there are alternative options such as students following vets and following real-life cases so they still get the opportunity to treat animals. I believe that clinic hands-on work is a very important process in veterinary to help have the correct techniques."

      Amanda's Feedback for the Answer Above

      As a veterinarian, putting the animal's welfare first is vital. Consider expanding your answer to share what the 5 freedoms are. This shows the interviewer that you understand the principles that are foundational to your field. Because the use of live animals for surgical practice is no longer practiced at most universities, consider elaborating on how students can gain the surgical skills needed through observation, job shadowing, simulated surgical practice, etc.

      How would you rate Amanda's Feedback?

      Anonymous Interview Answer

      "I think alternatives would be a better way to practice as it means there is no risk to the animal and allows students to calmly and slowly practice, allowing them to repeat certain parts of the procedure if necessary."

      Chad's Feedback for the Answer Above

      You take a smart approach to this question by supporting alternative methods to practice surgery, considering that the use of live animals for study is no longer the recommended practice. Nice job!

      How would you rate Chad's Feedback?

      Anonymous Interview Answer

      "The spay and neuter programs that the local shelters have with the vet schools are mutually beneficial. Not only do the shelters receive a low-cost spay and neuter, but the students receive invaluable practice on live animals that prepare them for their future careers without risking a client's animal. This practice is beneficial for students as well as the public health of the community's animals."

      Chad's Feedback for the Answer Above

      You do well to outline a situation where you feel the students, and the community, benefit from the use of live animals to practice surgery and provide reasoning to support your opinion. Nice job!

      How would you rate Chad's Feedback?