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Being a veterinarian must be both rewarding and heartbreaking. How would you describe what you do?

1 Veterinarian Interview Questions

By: Darby Faubion

How to Answer

The interviewer understands that a day in the life of a veterinarian can have several emotions. Questions like this give you an opportunity to let the interviewer see a side of you that is 'reachable', so to speak. When something that can be rewarding can also be heart-wrenching at times, but you press on, this shows your true love for what you do.

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"It's often both things at the same time. In the emergency room, we see everything from a mild case of the sniffles to life-threatening trauma, poisoning and even cancer. You have to be ready for anything at all times. With that said, we see a surprising amount of normal, routine stuff."

Experienced
Answer example

"You are right; there are days that one case makes you feel like you can walk on water and the next one makes you want to shut the door and cry a while. One of the most heartbreaking things isn't the horrible trauma case--I can usually fix that. Rather, it's a dog who had early signs that we could have picked up on but now things have gotten so serious that it's very difficult to treat. The other thing that's incredibly heartbreaking is when finances come between a pet and the family and getting the pet better."

Written by:

Darby Faubion
Darby Faubion has been a Nurse and Allied Health Educator for over twenty years. She has clinical experience in several specialty areas including pediatrics, medical-surgical, critical care, and hospice. She has assisted in developing curriculum for nursing programs and has instructed nursing students at both the community college and university levels. Darby's passion is nursing education. She has used that passion as her driving force to become a test-taking strategist and prep coach. She has coached nursing graduates across the United States as they have prepared to take and pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). In addition to her role as a healthcare educator, Darby also authors a blog that is devoted to helping victims of domestic violence learn how to recover and live a life free from abuse. She is also a contributing author to online sources of continuing education for nurses and healthcare associates.
First written on: 01/07/2015
Last modified on: 12/18/2018
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