This scenario happens more often than many people may realize. While there is currently no law against euthanizing a healthy pet, many veterinarians do not feel obliged to fulfill such a request. An interviewer may ask this question to see if you are capable of looking past your feelings and evaluating the circumstance, as a whole. Remember, regardless of your personal conviction about euthanasia, do not 'bash' the client.
"I think getting to the root of why someone has made a choice to euthanize a pet before considering other options is the best place to start with a situation like this. If a client asked me to euthanize a healthy pet, I would first ask if she has considered other alternatives, such as rehoming the pet or finding a rescue. Although it is not illegal to euthanize a healthy animal, it is my preference to try and offer other alternatives before a measure that drastic is taken."
"I am not fond of choosing euthanasia for a healthy animal. I realize that people are affected by things differently, but I would at least like an opportunity to give the client options for alternatives to euthanasia."
"While I do have personal feelings about this, I try to consider the feelings of the client and look at the situation before making a judgment call. Unfortunately, euthanasia is more humane than some animal's living conditions. Having said that, not all clients who ask about euthanasia are uncaring of their pets. Sometimes a client's health deteriorates or finances become too stretched to provide appropriate care and the person may not have a friend or family member to offer assistance. I prefer to talk to the client, find out what has happened to lead them to the thought of euthanasia, and ask if they would like information on resources that may help them find a new home for the pet or help to provide care. Many times people, especially the elderly, are unaware of the many resources available. In the end, if no alternative can be reached, I try to accommodate the client, as it is his/her right to make a final decision."