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Question 1 of 52
Imagine the situation. You are working within your role and have a female who gave birth to 9 puppies. She can't feed them all. What would you do? How would you distinguish those that are undernourished?
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List of Veterinarian School Interview Questions
  1. Imagine the situation. You are working within your role and have a female who gave birth to 9 puppies. She can't feed them all. What would you do? How would you distinguish those that are undernourished?
  2. How has your education to date influenced your decision to train as a Veterinarian?
  3. Studying at Veterinarian School will require dedication and commitment to your workload. How will you ensure you remain motivated to your studies?
  4. Why do you feel you are the best candidate for Veterinarian School? What can you bring to the school that makes you an ideal applicant?
  5. What was your motivation for wanting to be a Vet? Have you always had a love of animals?
  6. If you had to choose one area of specialism to work within, what would it be?
  7. Tell me about a time when a colleague you have been working with has made a mistake. What happened, and what steps did you take to rectify it?
  8. Veterinary school can be an intensive, stressful experience at times. Can you tell me about a time where you have had to handle a pressurised situation? What happened and what was the outcome?
  9. In your opinion, what do you think would be the most difficult situation you could face as a Vet? Justify your answer.
  10. What are your opinions on the use of animals for Veterinary School? Do you think your opinions will change if you are accepted to the study programme?
  11. Give me a specific example of a time when you have had to conform to a policy with which you did not agree. What happened and what was the outcome?
  12. Give an example of a time when you have failed to reach a target or achievement. How did you handle this, and move forward?
  13. Give an example of a time when you have had to deal with an irate customer or co-worker. How did you handle the situation, and what did you learn from it?
  14. What do you think are the best parts about working for a private practice? And why?
  15. As a vet, do you have the right not to treat an animal? Explain the reasoning behind your answer.
  16. What does delegation mean to you?
  17. Why do you think it is important to be able to use your initiative within the role of Veterinarian?
  18. Give me an example of a time when you have been required to work closely with your colleagues to keep them motivated. Why was this important, and was it successful?
  19. What is your typical way of dealing with conflict? Give me an example.
  20. What are your long-term career aspirations? Where do you see yourself in 15 years?
  21. Tell me about a time when you had to go above and beyond the call of duty in order to get a job done. What was the reason behind this, and what was the outcome?
  22. 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?
  23. In your opinion should people be allowed to own exotic species? Justify your answer.
  24. 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?
  25. Why do you think a career in Veterinary Medicine is for you? Do you have any other career aspirations if you are not accepted into Veterinary School?
  26. Is there a specific area you wish to work in as a vet? Do you have any aspirations to work outside of a standard practice?
  27. What is your opinion on using live animals to practice surgery?
  28. How would you handle the situation if you saw one of your classmates cheating during the course? What would you say, and who would you address it to?
  29. How will you ensure you are financially stable to complete your studies at Veterinary School?
  30. What experience have you had working within Veterinary Medicine? What have you most enjoyed?
  31. Give me a specific example of a time when you have used good judgement and logic in solving a problem. What was the process followed, and what was the outcome?
  32. How would you handle a customer who had conflicting opinions and views on the required treatment of an animal?
  33. What experience have you had, if any, working within a farm environment? What did you learn from this experience?
  34. Tell me about a difficult situation you have had to face within your career to date. How did you handle it and what was the outcome?
  35. Tell me about a time when you have had to use your persuasion skills to influence someone's opinion. Why was this needed, and what was the outcome?
  36. Being a Vet will require you to think on your feet and fact-find information if needed. How will you ensure you remain abreast of relevant information required to perform your role?
  37. In your opinion, what do you see as the most appealing part of a role in Veterinary Medicine?
  38. What ethical dilemmas do you think you may face as a veterinarian? How would you handle these?
  39. In your opinion, what do you think is the biggest challenge the veterinary industry faces currently, and why do you think this is?
  40. What traits do you possess that make you qualified to be admitted into Veterinary School?
  41. What skills and behaviours do you feel are important in order to be a successful Vet?
  42. You will be required to provide knowledgeable answers and advice to your clients within the role of Veterinarian. How do you anticipate enhancing your knowledge and skills once qualified?
  43. What do you think are the worst parts about working for a private practice? And why?
  44. In your opinion what do you see as the least appealing part of a career within Veterinary Medicine?
  45. What is your favourite animal, and why?
  46. Give me an example of a time when you have missed an obvious solution to a problem. How were you made aware of it, and how did you rectify it? What did you learn from this situation?
  47. Talk me through any clinical experiences you have had, if any. What exactly you did, and what you learnt from it.
  48. If I had to ask your previous employer to describe your work ethic to me, what do you think they would say, and why?
  49. Talk me through the research you have done prior to applying for this course. How do you know this course is right for you?
  50. Looking back at your previous education, which class did you find most challenging, and why?
  51. How do Animal Rights and Animal Welfare differ?
  52. Tell me about a time when you have had to use empathy to help a colleague or client through a difficult situation? Why was this important, and how did you manage the situation?
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Veterinarian School Information
June 23rd, 2017

If you are passionate about caring for animals, enrolling in veterinarian school may be the stepping stone to an exciting and thriving career as a veterinarian. This is a highly popular career path and admission to veterinarian school can be highly competitive. The exact admission requirements may vary from one school to another but most schools will look for applicants with high academic grades, good test scores, stellar recommendation letters, and a proven record of animal welfare. The last point is particularly important. Veterinarian schools want to see some proof that you are truly committed to animal welfare. Some ways that you can demonstrate your dedication are by doing volunteer work at animal shelters, shadowing a qualified vet at a clinic or doing an internship under the guidance of an experienced vet.
Be prepared to answer questions that are aimed at ascertaining your passion for animals and animal welfare, Questions can range from what motivated you to choose this path to what extent would you go to, to help an animal in distress? Do you believe in euthanasia for animals? Your acceptance to veterinary school hinges on you being able to convince the interviewers that you genuinely care for animal welfare and that you have what it takes. To prepare for your upcoming veterinary school interview, go to Mock Questions and think about how you will answer the questions listed there.
Veterinarian School User Submitted Interview Answers
Question 1 of 52
Imagine the situation. You are working within your role and have a female who gave birth to 9 puppies. She can't feed them all. What would you do? How would you distinguish those that are undernourished?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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If I knew of any recently new females that have given birth I would try to see if that dog would accept them. Those chances are unlikely so then I would take bottle feeding seriously. Designate specific technicians for those tasks only. Undernourished puppies would be struggling to reach a nipple, often hanging back while the more assertive ones nursed, and had a lower body condition score than the others and developmental delays.
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I would hand feed those puppies that are undernourished. Factors that contribute to undernourishment is a small size compared to the other puppies, the growth rate of the puppies and the activity rate of each puppy.
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I would explain the situation to my client and a inform them that if we don't intervene, some of the pups may become severely malnourished and could potentially die. I would then inform them that, if they are willing, they could bottle feed a few of them. I would inform them of all the demands that bottle feeding puppies entails. I would also give them the option to leave a few of the pups at the veterinary clinic for us to bottle feed if they feel they are unable to bottle feed a few of them. The pups that are undernourished will be skinnier than the others and their ribs may be obviously protruding.
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I would staff somebody to feed the pups in intervals and would monitor their growth and nutrient levels and would see if any other dogs gave birth to smaller litters to take care of these.
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I would allow the mother to nurse as many of her puppies as her body will allow and I would select the undernourished puppies to be bottle or rag fed until they were strong enough to start eating solid foods. The undernourished puppies would be smaller in size, less mobile, and unable to compete for a teat compared to their siblings.
Question 2 of 52
How has your education to date influenced your decision to train as a Veterinarian?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I took a class in companion animal behaviour. I think that it was really helpful because animal behaviour is going to be.
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Introduction to vertebrates - basic systems and anatomy.
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Principles of Animal Behaviour and Welfare Ethics. This class has opened different views of animal welfare. It has also helped me to understand the different views towards animals and how it is important to have some knowledge of these views.
4.
When something you tried to accomplish failed.
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My Capstone course in Psychology: Individual Differences.
Question 3 of 52
Studying at Veterinarian School will require dedication and commitment to your workload. How will you ensure you remain motivated to your studies?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I spend about 5 hours studying per day, maybe more depending if I have anything summative due in the coming week. I like to maintain a balance between school, family and my hobbies.
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As much as it takes.
3.
Tell me about a time when you set a goal and weren’t able to meet or achieve it.
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I spend about 3 hours studying per each hour of class... Maybe more for labs that require a practical examination.
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To be honest, it depends on the class. For an average day I would say 3-4 hours, but with breaks.
Question 4 of 52
Why do you feel you are the best candidate for Veterinarian School? What can you bring to the school that makes you an ideal applicant?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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My strengths as a person will enable me to finish veterinary school successfully. I have courage and a dedicated mind set. My courage has helped me to explore new horizons and has made me to a well rounded person. My dedicated mind set helps me to push myself to the best of my ability and to succeed. I believe these two qualities, puts me in a desirable position to be chosen over the other person.
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I have proven over the last eight years that I am devoted to this field. I have proven that I can move to a different country and be successful.
3.
I have been dealt a lot of hard curve balls in my life. This is not to diminish anyone else, as we all have instances that define our character. However, I am quite certain that the majority of people are not as determined as I am. As hard as life is, and it is very difficult at times, success in life is not how hard you can hit, its how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. I can say with certainty that I am determined in my goal of veterinary, quitting is not an option, and neither is defeat. Could I be held back, sure, could I fail a course, it is possible, but I will not be defeated. Could the other candidate say the same?
4.
I am an extremely goal oriented and driven person with an education featuring use of the latest and most cutting edge technology since I graduated college this year. I would assume that the other person is older than I am and has been out of school longer and some of their training is now outdated. I would pick me since I have the mindset of a student wanting to continue education, not someone who has been out of the academic world for more than year. If they are the same year as I am, I would assure you that I have a more diverse background than anyone else due to my military upbringing, which not only instilled in me a sense of discipline, punctuality, and integrity, but also allowed me to experience the entire United States from a young age. Working in Colorado where there are many military bases, I'd say this gives me an advantage for working with people stationed here from all over the world, as well as accommodating the diverse civilian population in the metropolitan areas.
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That I will succeed in this program. Not because I am better than the other person, but because I can guarantee you that I am more driven and motivated to succeed than they are.
Question 5 of 52
What was your motivation for wanting to be a Vet? Have you always had a love of animals?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Firstly, veterinary has been my one and only choice as a career path. However, there have been times in my life that have reaffirmed this decision. My work experiences with animals has allowed me to experience my career aspirations first hand and I have throughly enjoyed these experiences. Also, my pet dog Bubbles, was given to me during a difficult period of my life. She had offered me comfort and we have a special bond. By becoming a veterinarian, not only is it a rewarding career, but I am able to maintain this special animal to human bond with my clients.
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It's become a passion to care for animals. i feel satisfied after a long day at work. i know that i need to work with animals to feel that satisfaction. this career will give me the opportunity to educate the public about animal issues, which i love to do. i feel like i can really make a difference. and the biology/ anatomy of medicine is incredibly interesting to me.
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I wanted to use my interest and expertise in biology to be of service to my community. Working at my local animal shelter showed me how great a need there is for animal care for homeless animals as well as prevention of overcrowding through spay and neuter procedures. I found this niche in my small hometown of Buena Vista to be extremely attractive, since caring for animals and keeping the bond between humans and animals alive as long as possible gives me purpose.
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Because it encompasses everything that I love-science, people and problem solving. I love being able to watch the Doctors at our clinic and see them brain storming regarding amazing illnesses, or mystery illnesses. Solving a problem is fasinating.
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I think that I will be a valuable asset to the veterinary field. There is so much room for improvement in the field, from better communication and business skills to embracing innovative technological advancements to making the connection to human and animal medicine. I want to make a difference and not only will becoming a veterinarian give me the credibility to relate to other veterianrians, but it will also allow me utlize my skills and education to help to make life better for animals.
Question 6 of 52
If you had to choose one area of specialism to work within, what would it be?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I want to specialise in horses. I find the bond between a horse and a human to be extremely admirable as it is based on trust. Each species has the power and potential to cause serious harm, however, there is a mutual trust and respect. Having also done some voluntary work with horses, I have felt this bond and I would like to ensure that this bond is maintained between others.
2.
Possibly wildlife medicine.
3.
I'm very open other aspects of veterinary medicine as I learn more, but for now I want to specialize in small animal medicine and hopefully join a private practice here in Colorado, either rural around my hometown or a more urban area, depending on what is most needed. I included in my personal statement that I am also interested in the public sector, where I would specialize in animal disease and maybe pursue research as I learn more. But those are the two aspects I've had most experience with.
4.
I have found that I am very interested in the reproduction aspect of the veterinary field. I also liked endocronogly, so maybe something with anesthesia.
5.
Exotics- rabbitss, birds, reptiles. Large animal medicine, mixed practice.
Question 7 of 52
Tell me about a time when a colleague you have been working with has made a mistake. What happened, and what steps did you take to rectify it?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I would privately talk to the colleague and tell them their mistake in a friendly manner and offer ways that will help them to improve. I appreciate constructive criticism and I am open to people helping me become better, therefore, I will also do the same for others.
2.
I am not a naturally confrontational person, but If they were making a fatal error as I observed a procedure, it would be my duty to the practice and the the owner of the animal to voice my opinion in a constructive way to prevent a problem. I would hope that my colleagues and the practice were encouraging of constructive criticism so that it would not be taken personally. If a client brought an animal to me that had been wrongly diagnosed by a colleague, I would prescribe something different and make a point to address the colleague later in private to compare notes and determine where the discrepancy lies. I would hope that my colleagues would keep me accountable and say something if I were making a blatant error to preserve the integrity of the practice and protect the animal.
3.
It depends on the mistake-severe, then I would intervene. Small, then I would pull them aside alone and ask them why, tell them the mistake and let it go.
4.
Small mistake? life threatening mistake? if i could intervene before the mistake was made i would. one time, i was holding a red tailed hawk as another intern was medicating with an oral liquid antibiotic. she was about to put the syringe right down the glotus, before i stopped her.
Question 8 of 52
Veterinary school can be an intensive, stressful experience at times. Can you tell me about a time where you have had to handle a pressurised situation? What happened and what was the outcome?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I am a well balanced person and I am able to use my time effectively. Time management I know is a key trait to have, especially in an intensive course such as vet school. Being able to properly manage your time not just in studying but whilst resting or having a break is important as it allows your mind to relax and refocus. The way I deal with lots of pressure is to write a list of tasks in order of priority. These tasks will be allocated to a specific day, where I can realistically achieve them, therefore also gaining a sense of achievement whilst handling the pressure. I have a hard mind set and this has helped me to continue and strive for my goals, regardless of how hard the goal is to attain.
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I feel that i work well under pressure. as some of my coworkers can tell you, i may be less fun to work with because i cut out small talk and chit chat and focus on what needs to be done.
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I have dealt with an extremely demanding undergraduate career and I'm sure that veterinary school will be no different. I dealt with the stress of a full science courseload as well as the demands of Div1 sports taking up to 25 hours a week of my time by prioritizing, making lists, and setting goals for each day which I stick to without allowing distractions to get in the way. Exercise is and always will be my favorite way to clear my head and reset my brain by doing something for myself that allows me to focus better. It is a stepping stone that leads to more productive choices all around, and I am confident that by taking time for myself when it is necessary, and relying on those around me for help, I can use the pressure to motivate me instead of paralyze me.
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I thrive in pressure, I am not sure why, but I always do far better when I am completely stressed and pushed then I do when I have very little on my plate. It forces me to organize and set up lists, and there is no better feeling than checking off an item on a list.
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I am still learning the best ways to deal with stress, and I think that recognizing the importance of stress management is the first step. I have learned to prioritize tasks and make lists so that I can schedule my tasks in the most efficient way. On a more personal level, I am very lucky to have an amazing support system. I also exercise and cook to relieve stress so that I still feel like I am productive and helping to improve my time management.
Question 9 of 52
In your opinion, what do you think would be the most difficult situation you could face as a Vet? Justify your answer.
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I experienced an spay, however there were also some unborn kittens which were taken out. I found this to be a confronting experience as the kittens that were removed were nearly ready to be birthed. To understand the reason for the abortion, I had talked to the veterinary surgeon and he had told me that in this profession there are always procedures that you may have to do that you do not agree with. After watching the surgery and coming to terms with the abortion, I discovered that I have the ability to put my personal emotions on hold in order to do what is needed to be done. These emotions can be released in a healthy way such as through exercise or talking to a family member.
2.
Tell me about a time when you set a goal and weren’t able to meet or achieve it.
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I experienced the issue of finances to be a major setback for some clients, who love their pets but cannot afford the necessary treatment to keep them healthy. There was an emergency situation where a beloved blind cat was struck by a car and rushed to our animal hospital for emergency care. The overnight fees, not to mention the cost of surgery and care to fix his severe internal bleeding and pneumothorax, were too expensive for the client. The doctor knew this but agreed to operate anyway and provide care, as well as set up a system for gradual payments over a long period of time to alleviate the strain on his clients budget. This situation could have been worse if the client had no money at all or was demanding services for free, but the doctor was able to reevaluate to ensure that the cat would not suffer longer just to wait for payment.
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Offering euthanasia to a client that could not afford a procedure. Hearing a client over the phone after you have listed what the cost of a procedure was, after stabilizing their animal, or surrendering the animal to a humane society or euthanizing is a hard thing to deal with. Generally these conversations are reserved for the veterinarian but when a client simply wants to know what their options are we are permitted to explain these options. Hearing tears over the phone made it very hard for me. I said that ultimately it was her decision and that whatever decision that she chose would be supported by us. We know how hard it is to lose a pet, but I have never tried to put my self in their shoes-each individual persons pain is just that, individual. I explained to her that I was sorry, after she chose euthanasia, and explained how the procedure would take place and then asked her if there was anything that I could do for her. She said no and scheduled her appointment.
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During my internship with World Vets in Nicaragua, we had a dog come in that had been hit by a car a few weeks back. It was extremely swollen and he was in so much pain. The owners brought him in to put him down but were relieved when we said we could amputate it. During the amputation, he was losing A LOT of blood. We brought in a 100lb pit bull to use as a blood donor for the patient. I was hugging this giant pit bull as the patient took his last heart beat. I had questioned being a vet because of things like that. But as this pit bull let me squeeze him and cry into his shoulder, I realized that I have a much bigger purpose. I have been advocating for pit bulls for the last few years ever since my sister brought in a little blue nose with a pink bow. Now it is my life long mission to help them. And not only that one breed, but all dogs. I have learned that there will be cases like this once in awhile but I will do everything I possibly can to make sure that it doesn't. It will only help push me to save so many more.
Question 10 of 52
What are your opinions on the use of animals for Veterinary School? Do you think your opinions will change if you are accepted to the study programme?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I feel that in order to have a better future for animals, some sacrifices need to be made. The animals used in vet school allow students to better understand different situations and allows them to practice, so that when they graduate, they are confident in their abilities.
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I realize that hands on experience with real, living animals is ultimately the best way to gain the skills required of a veterinarian. it is unfortunate that so many animals have to die in order for the students to learn. the animals whose lives are taken should be shown as much respect as possible, housed comfortably and euthanized humanely after the procedure.
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I feel that terminal surgeries are wrong and I wish to see a change where cadavers or simulations are used to have the same effect. I place value on every life, especially animal since they rely on us to make the ethical decisions necessary give them the life that God intended. I don't think that undue suffering is glorifying to Him in any way, not even for learning purposes.
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I like that schools have been doing spays and neuters for shelter animals as a way of learning surgical skills on live animals. Through my experience in biomedical research, I have learned a lot about live animal studies. Before our swine studies, I wasn't sure how I would feel. After learning about IACUC regulations, I felt more comfortable and understand that it is part of our responsibility to ensure that animal welfare regulations are adequate and implemented.
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I think that animals are needed to properly teach students in vet school. They will be working on live nimals in practice so they need the hands on experince. At least they haveothe r vets to tech them when in school. As long as the animals are housed humanely and treated well I have no problem with it.
Question 11 of 52
Give me a specific example of a time when you have had to conform to a policy with which you did not agree. What happened and what was the outcome?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Declaws and docking of tails. Manner of sanitizing an exam room after a kennel cough case.
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At my last job, I had worked in a bakery. After the end of each day, the bread was kept in the cool room, where it would be sold first thing in the morning and in some cases, larger loaves would be sold in the days to come. I did not agree with this as in many cases, the quality of the bread was very low and I didn't believe it was fair for customers to pay for expensive and what was thought to be freshly baked bread, when in fact it was days old and not in the least bit fresh.
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Helping to prep for declaw surgery. can't just refuse to help the animal, recover him from sx because i disagree with the procedure being done.
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Well, answering to the NCAA for four years certainly imposed many policies on me that I didn't agree with, but the one that affected me most was the one stating that a competitor in sport cannot give private instruction for financial compensation on their specific sport. I was on the Pepp swim team for four years, and at no point during those four years was I allowed to teach swim lessons privately. It was seen as an undue benefit since people would be asking me for my expertise merely because of my status as a collegiate athlete. There were many times I had to turn down an opportunity to share the sport I love with children and keep them safe as well as help with my financial burden. This was a major source of income to me in high school, but I had to turn it down in college since losing my NCAA eligibility was not worth illegal employment.
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I do not like the policy on some dogs that when you have to show them, and you have to cut off there tails just for the show.
Question 12 of 52
Give an example of a time when you have failed to reach a target or achievement. How did you handle this, and move forward?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Last year, I had also applied for veterinary school, having high hopes. Unfortunately I was not chosen and I was devastated. However, I didn't let this stop me from trying again and I worked harder the next year, to try and accomplish my aspirations.
Question 13 of 52
Give an example of a time when you have had to deal with an irate customer or co-worker. How did you handle the situation, and what did you learn from it?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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There was a client who had decided to have his dog euthanised as a result of the dogs age and not wanting the dog to go through the amounts of surgery needing to be done. He did not stay for the euthanasia and he went home upset. Rather than asking the client to stay and pay for the bills, it was sent to his house, where he could finalise payments in the comfort of his own home.
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At my job as a lifeguard for Pepperdine University, I encountered many issues with parents of children who are not allowed the use the hot tub. Our policy forever has been that children under the age of 14 are not allowed in or to sit at the edge of it as an athletic facility policy. Ou rationale is that children have a harder time regulating their body temperature and it also put too much strain on the surveillance capabilities of the lifeguard if parents are watching children in the pool and in the tub, which are considerably separated. The issue arose where some children were using the hottub as a part of a team practice, which was allowed by the coaches and they took responsibility for watching them. The children of regular patrons were still not allowed to use it, so the parents were upset that the rule was being enforced for some but not for others. A particularly upset mother was livid, yelling at the lifeguards, accusing us of not doing our jobs to prevent it, attacking our policies, and threatening to talk to our supervisors. I did my best to reiterate our understanding of the situation and explain why it was so, relying on our rules to be the unbendable authority even though I could not convince her myself. It was a situation where I could only listen, and refer her to our supervisor for further complaint. Remaining calm and professional even in the face of name-calling was important for diffusing the frustration and identifying a course of action to effect change.
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I had a customer that received a damaged product as a result of the shipping process. We immediately sent the customer a new case, and the second case had been damaged as well. The customer was understandably upset, but through intensive customer service and updating him constantly, we shipped a third product through a different service, and he received a working product.
Question 14 of 52
What do you think are the best parts about working for a private practice? And why?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Best - tight bond with staff and clients, seeing patients from puppy hood to geriatric age, providing personalized care, making own decisions regarding policiesWorst - lots of financial costs of owning practice, money constraints of clients during hard times.
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Best: having a relationship with clients and their pets, providing personalised care for the animals, close relationship with colleagues, being able to work with people with similar mind sets and goals. Worst: financial constraints of clients, having to euthanise pets as a result of financial restraints.
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The best parts of private practice are being able to form bonds with clients and their pets and participate in helping them lead healthy lives, from their first shots as a puppy, to adult care, to possible euthanizing them at the end of their life. This connection of trust and responsibility is very fulfilling. Private practice is also advantageous because doctors can choose to help or refer a patient if the care needed is beyond the scope of their abilities. Setting one's own vision for and curating a team of professional vet techs who work together to keep the practice running smoothly is a bond that I hope to make. The worst parts are dealing with difficult clients who are pushy, irritable, or financially burdened and cannot pay for the services they require or demand services for free. If you are a practice owner, you can expect to spend a lot of time doing business related things rather than doctor services, which can be taxing and lead to burnout trying to keep a practice open rather than focusing on care giving.
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Best- dedicated clients, employees feel like family worst- $,
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Best: forming relationships with the owners and their pets. worst: having to deal with financial constraints of the owners, having to euthanize because the owner can't afford treatment.
Question 15 of 52
As a vet, do you have the right not to treat an animal? Explain the reasoning behind your answer.
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Yes, I have the right to refuse service to anyone who is irresponsible or will become a liability. I can be compassionate in most situations but at some point, the necessities of being part of a business will be supreme.
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As a veterinarian, yes you could deny a client a certain treatment based on their lac offinances.
Question 16 of 52
What does delegation mean to you?
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Being in middle management is a challenge overall. You are the middle person between upper management and your team. You need to satisfy both sides without ever pining one against the other. I have been told that I am very diplomatic and this is something I seem to navigate seamlessly.
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When I was at Lake Land College, I was the service committee chair for Student Government Association. With this duty, came many scheduling and planning activities and not all of them were able to be done by just me. In order to get the activities done, I had to delegate positions to other group members that served on the service committee with me. Sometimes I would have them make phone calls to various places or set up different activities for the entire SGA to attend when I was busy with other activities for the group.
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Presentation is uni where we didnt know where to start talked about coevolution. I just gave each member a task and some paper to look at we all collabrated.
Question 17 of 52
Why do you think it is important to be able to use your initiative within the role of Veterinarian?
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Our school has a community service day called Step Forward Day that each student group or team participates in to build community. For our swim team, it is one of the first events in the school year where our team and its newest members are together outside of the pool, so it is very important for us to be an organized group with a good attitude to show our freshman how our team works and why we are successful. I volunteered to a be a team leader my senior year, responsible for keeping them informed and making sure we got to and from the right place. I also volunteered to take pictures with my camera instead of an iphone so that it could be documented and to write a short press release about our work for the athletics website to promote public relations. Taking the lead in this situation was a great way to break into my senior year as a co-captain and set an example for rising classes.
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when i working as contract administrative ,our office wasnot computerize so i asked my manger to computerized and he gave me permition to buy and install computers in our office
Question 18 of 52
Give me an example of a time when you have been required to work closely with your colleagues to keep them motivated. Why was this important, and was it successful?
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Selling puppy classes.
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A great example of when I motivated others would be my high school visits that I've done for Agbassadors at SIUC. We have to go to different high schools and help recruit students and I feel as though I motivate some of the kids by doing this. In my visits, I really stress that even if kids don't choose SIUC, that they have endless possibilities and that they should take advantage of them. I tell them that wherever they decide to go, college is what you make it and that getting involved in clubs and extracurricular activities is really important along with making good grades and staying focused. I like to think, that at least some of them take my little speech to heart and are motivated by what I say.
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A time when I motivated others was when I decided to participate in Polar Plunge while at Lake Land College. In order to participate, you have to gather a team, and raise a minimum amount of money. I was the chair of the volunteer activities and worked hard to motivate people to join the team and once they joined, to raise above the minimum amount to achieve as much money as possible for Special Olympics.
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I was an orientation leader last September for the new students on campus.
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One day I went through some company-wide lay-offs. The team of five Mechanical Engineers that remained in the department had to absorb the duties of the two that left. As a result, people were overworked and morale suffered. At the same time, more mistakes were being made because attention was so scattered. As the Project Engineer, it was my job to get performance back on track. I scheduled a meeting of the full team to discuss strategies. I communicated my appreciation for all of their hard work during a challenging time for the company. I asked for their assistance in identifying ways for us all to be more efficient –including me! I made it clear that this was a brainstorming meeting to come up with options — that no idea was stupid and that it was a safe environment for making suggestions. We spent an hour capturing ideas on a white board, and then voted on the five with the most potential. I then assigned each person to do more research on how we might implement one of the ideas. First of all, the team responded very positively to this approach. They loved the idea of being empowered to help find a solution. Instead of complaining, they channeled their energy in a more productive way once they knew that they would be heard. Right off the bat, we came up with two ideas that could be implemented quickly and save us a lot of time. We also decided to incorporate brainstorming and idea evaluation into our staff meetings each month. We are now more efficient and morale is way up. My Manager even asked me to help him roll this process out to the other departments in our division.
Question 19 of 52
What is your typical way of dealing with conflict? Give me an example.
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If I was having conflict with another person, I would confront the situation face to face. I would never deal with conflict through technology as I find that it is unreliable as you don't know whether the person is being sincere. By resolving it face to face, you can gauge their body language and their tone of voice. An example would be two friends having a misunderstanding about a situation. Instead of leaving the situation alone to make it worse, a face to face conversation may resolve the conflict.
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I deal with conflict by directing confronting an individual and asking for their reasoning behind their decision making. Not in a demanding way, but in a personable way. Sometimes it just takes you understanding where the other person is coming from in order to resolve the situation.
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Typically, I deal with conflict by trying to put myself in the other person's shoes and see the situation from their point of view. I think it's important to communicate and ask questions and work out a solution together.
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Offering compromise. being direct with the person.
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In your career, what do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment?
Question 20 of 52
What are your long-term career aspirations? Where do you see yourself in 15 years?
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I would love to open a fully functional state of the art veterinary hospital for small animals and exotics with a few other like-minded colleagues.
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Working at a small animal clinic, near a wildlife rescue center. i will have children, hopefully two. i hope to be married and live a comfortable, but certainly not extravagant life.
Question 21 of 52
Tell me about a time when you had to go above and beyond the call of duty in order to get a job done. What was the reason behind this, and what was the outcome?
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In the veterinary field, this seems like every day. Every day that I work, I have stayed past closing time to help with a patient in need with no regrets. I have taken home foster kittens that needed to be fed every 2 hours. I have worked holidays and nights and early mornings.
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I am an employee at the Hadley livestock barn. Since i was living i the area for the summer i requested to be put on the scheduale for the summer in order to earn money and obtain experience. Every morning work started at 7:00 am. However i did not have a car and the buses were not available until 7:30. So every morning i would wake up at 5:00 to get ready and ride my bycle for 1 hour each morning to get to work on time. Sometines the temperature was 90 degrees.
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A vet demanded a high five, so i gave him a high ten.
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While working at Food Lion which was my last job. I would always work over my shift and if they needed me to come in to work a shift I was always available.
Question 22 of 52
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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I would immediately contact the local humane society or ASPCA directly so that they may send the proper representative to further address the situation. I believe as a veterinarian it is possible to seek that the animal be removed from the home and placed in an animal facility to be evaluated and adopted out.
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I definitely think it is the duty of the veterinarian to inform the client, and then the Humane Society. It is our duty to speak for the animals, and to alleviate suffering.
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In Canada, specifically Ontario, police can be called as there are animal abuse laws, but more specicially the OSPCA. usually the animal is taken away, and put in a shelter or foster care while investgations go on. Unfortunately, animal abuse cases are rearely followed through on, as our court system is over loaded and also because animal abuse laws are rather lenient, in my opinion.
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I would call local animal welfare and social services that investigate these situations. Also make a report to an animal protection agency.
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Well I would like to be a veterinary forensic photographer, so I would have a lot of experience with this. I would have connections in the field in order to prosecute the offender.
Question 23 of 52
In your opinion should people be allowed to own exotic species? Justify your answer.
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I personally do not agree with this. the wildlife pet trade is destructive to species and environments all over the world. species are taken from the wild oftentimes and smuggled to the us where they are purchased because they are cute. i believe its inhumane to keep an animal as a pet because it's cute without considering that it is a wild animal who should be living in the wild.
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No, I don't think people should be allowed to own exotic species because they are usually not equipped to let them have a life they were meant for with ample environment to thrive. If an exotic species gets sick, there are fewer veterinarians to treat them and often it is cost prohibitive so they forgo care altogether thinking well, they do just fine in the wild without care so why should I try? I think the lack of education and specific needs of exotic species make them a better candidate for zoos instead of homes, where endangerment protection is at play.
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Broad question. I feel like I can't make a generalization for that question . If it is an exotic species that adapts well to being take and not in it's natural environment, if it is given a loving home, then i
Question 24 of 52
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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50,000-120,000; No.
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In california, a vet fresh out of school makes around 60k a year. depends. how badly hurt is the dog? what's the prognosis? is it going to require multiple sx? what's the overall cost? in an emergency situation, i would stabilize the pet no matter what. if the owner decides not to pay the clinic can eat that cost. poss answers: payment plan? fix and adopt the pet out?
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A vet's starting salary can vary depending on the position and employer, but is usually around £30,000. As a vet i believe when you begin the job you ave a right to the community to always do the best for animals, both their rights and welfare. If the animal required immediate care i would stabilize the animal if this was the case, provide pain relief and then discuss the animals health in more depth with the owners.
Question 25 of 52
Why do you think a career in Veterinary Medicine is for you? Do you have any other career aspirations if you are not accepted into Veterinary School?
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Apply again next year. in the meantime, probably continue working as a veterinary technician.
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If I'm not accepted, I will most likely pursue alternate career plans in Denver using my sustainability minor in conjunction with my biology major to find a job in renewable energy research, or I am considering a masters in public health possibly. But veterinarian has been my career focus and ultimate goal for the past 5 years and I've done everything I can to make it so I don't have to consider other options.
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Well, I am a persistent person, so I would definitely try applying next year! However, since I did minor in photography, I would probably try to pursue something with that. Whatever I do, I hope that I am working with animals because that would make me happiest! I could even become a registered vet technician and still be able to help save animals lives.
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I plan on taking a gap year in which I will get a job abroad on a ranch or a polo farm and (if I get the grades) reapplying next year. If not, I plan to take a gap year and do the same and instead of reapplying to vet school, applying to the gateway year and also bio-veterinary sciences.
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If I'm not accepted into Vet School, I plan to move back home and work at Brix Veterinary Service and my other part-time jobs. Then, I will reapply in the fall and try again for the next year.
Question 26 of 52
Is there a specific area you wish to work in as a vet? Do you have any aspirations to work outside of a standard practice?
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Teach at a vet school, positions in public health, food animal vets, work at non-profits.
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Other than private practice, there are food animal vets, agricultural/food safety vets, research lab vets, teaching vets, military vets, and corporately employed vets working on pharmaceuticals.
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Research jobs , government jobs,therapy , oil spill environmental.. Private practice is only one of many
Question 27 of 52
What is your opinion on using live animals to practice surgery?
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Fine because I am confident I will be able to perform surgeries after the proper training.
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I disagree with using live animals and I think that using cadavers or simulations can be just as effective for teaching without causing an animal undue harm or and untimely death.
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I think it would depend on how much I had practiced and whether I personally felt prepared enough as well as how prepared my supervisors thought I was. If it were for beginning practice, I don't think live animals would be the best way to practice techniques, but further on I think it would be possibly acceptable.
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I think it would depend on how much I had practiced and whether I personally felt prepared enough as well as how prepared my supervisors thought I was. If it were for beginning practice, I don't think live animals would be the best way to practice techniques, but further on I think it would be possibly acceptable.
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I disagree with this as to undergo surgery, animals must be anesthetized which can be dangerous due to the effects of the drug such as decrease in heart rate and breathing rate. Also, i think its unethical to have an unqualified student mess with perfectly healthy animals...if something goes wrong then the animal could die, despited being healthy before the procedure.
Question 28 of 52
How would you handle the situation if you saw one of your classmates cheating during the course? What would you say, and who would you address it to?
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First, cheating makes me angry because of all of those who study hard for their grades. However, I don't want to be the one to ruin someones life by labeling them a cheater. I might just pull that person aside and speak to them about it. If they seemed remorseful, I would probably leave it at that.
Question 29 of 52
How will you ensure you are financially stable to complete your studies at Veterinary School?
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It will most definitely be a matter of loans and some help from parents.
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Yes. I will be working over the summer, taking out student loans, and applying for scholarships, and my parents will be able to support me if all else fails.
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Yes. loans. my family may help. work during the summer. financial aid.
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Since I am self-financed, I would have to take out loans. However, I will do whatever it takes to get into vet school, so I will not let finances hinder my dream.
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Partially with loans, some with my own savings and the rest with help from my family. I will be able to pay fr the schooling.
Question 30 of 52
What experience have you had working within Veterinary Medicine? What have you most enjoyed?
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Comforting animals. i love to be able to connect with animals who are scared or nervous and help them calm down.
Question 31 of 52
Give me a specific example of a time when you have used good judgement and logic in solving a problem. What was the process followed, and what was the outcome?
Question 32 of 52
How would you handle a customer who had conflicting opinions and views on the required treatment of an animal?
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I live by the code - kill them with kindness. I always have a smile on my face and a happy personality when talking to clients and coworkers alike.
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5. Tell me about a time you were able to successfully deal with another person even when that individual may not have personally liked you.
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5. Tell me about a time you were able to successfully deal with another person even that individual may not have personally liked you.
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need an ideal answer
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Happens all the time. ive worked with teams of people in school who at first don't get along with me, for one reason or another. but the point is to focus on the task at hand, personal relationships should never get in the way.
Question 33 of 52
What experience have you had, if any, working within a farm environment? What did you learn from this experience?
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First experience with farm animals was in texas. during the internship, had to feed the cows, sheep, goats, pigs. medicated a few of them. they were all rescues. a few of them had been hand raised, which meant they weren't afraid of humans at all and the cows could be dangerous. i got chased around the pasture by one.
Question 34 of 52
Tell me about a difficult situation you have had to face within your career to date. How did you handle it and what was the outcome?
Question 35 of 52
Tell me about a time when you have had to use your persuasion skills to influence someone's opinion. Why was this needed, and what was the outcome?
Question 36 of 52
Being a Vet will require you to think on your feet and fact-find information if needed. How will you ensure you remain abreast of relevant information required to perform your role?
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All the time. I feel that when faced with something you don't know, you get more from discovering the answer for yourself, if possible, than asking someone for the answer quickly, and then forgetting it.
Question 37 of 52
In your opinion, what do you see as the most appealing part of a role in Veterinary Medicine?
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Appealing that veterinary work is almost like a puzzle.
Question 38 of 52
What ethical dilemmas do you think you may face as a veterinarian? How would you handle these?
Question 39 of 52
In your opinion, what do you think is the biggest challenge the veterinary industry faces currently, and why do you think this is?
Question 40 of 52
What traits do you possess that make you qualified to be admitted into Veterinary School?
Question 41 of 52
What skills and behaviours do you feel are important in order to be a successful Vet?
Question 42 of 52
You will be required to provide knowledgeable answers and advice to your clients within the role of Veterinarian. How do you anticipate enhancing your knowledge and skills once qualified?
Question 43 of 52
What do you think are the worst parts about working for a private practice? And why?
Question 44 of 52
In your opinion what do you see as the least appealing part of a career within Veterinary Medicine?
Question 45 of 52
What is your favourite animal, and why?
Question 46 of 52
Give me an example of a time when you have missed an obvious solution to a problem. How were you made aware of it, and how did you rectify it? What did you learn from this situation?
Question 47 of 52
Talk me through any clinical experiences you have had, if any. What exactly you did, and what you learnt from it.
Question 48 of 52
If I had to ask your previous employer to describe your work ethic to me, what do you think they would say, and why?
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I love animals and being a vet has been a dream of mine since i was little. i would never change careers for the world. this is my LIFE!
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I'm fairly quiet around new people, but a lot louder around my friends. I enjoy being active and activities such as running and playing other sports for fun. I enjoy spending time with my friends and family and especially my pets. I love animals and could spend all day with them and that's something I really miss being at school.
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I am an incredibly energetic and chatty person. I love reading although fin I have little time to do it now that I am studying quite so much and I am very into spending time with my family. I have a smallish group of friends but we are very close. I come from a rather large family with many cousins and I think one of the reasons I am so loud and have always had such ambitious goals is that I have fought to stand out among them.
Question 49 of 52
Talk me through the research you have done prior to applying for this course. How do you know this course is right for you?
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With the animal experience I've had, I've had the opportunity to work on numerous cases with the farm veterinarian. So, I've been able to help him castrate two bulls, as well as repair a hernia, which is a rupture in the abdomen wall, which I think was the most rewarding experience because you could tell that the animal was in pain and after repairing it, it was a great feeling knowing that the animal was better. I've also given vaccines.
Question 50 of 52
Looking back at your previous education, which class did you find most challenging, and why?
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Chemistry. This is because I find the hard information easy to retain and apply, such as the maths side of it, but then the more simple information, such as definitions, I find it hard to remember. This makes it very challenging as it is very frustrating.
Question 51 of 52
How do Animal Rights and Animal Welfare differ?
Question 52 of 52
Tell me about a time when you have had to use empathy to help a colleague or client through a difficult situation? Why was this important, and how did you manage the situation?
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