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Share a difficult case you worked as a veterinarian.

1 Veterinarian Interview Questions

By: Darby Faubion

How to Answer

While difficult cases are not the ones that anyone wants to remember, with time and experience, you will have at least a few that you can refer to. The interviewer is not trying to get you to relive a traumatic experience but wants to see the humane side of you and to see that you are able to feel compassion, despite having to work a difficult situation.

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"One of my most difficult cases was actually a case when a young boy came in with his horse that had to be euthanized. His dad told him he didn't have to be present, but he said 'He carried me a lot and I want to stay with him until the end.' When I think of that case, I am reminded to be compassionate and to always remember that every animal I care for is possibly loved by some little boy or girl."

Entry Level
Answer example

"I am a new veterinarian and really don't have a really difficult story to share since beginning my career. I do remember the first time I tended to an animal that was going to die, though. When I was a young teen, a mare tried to deliver a colt on our farm. The colt was breached and by the time we got to her, the mare and colt were both in extreme distress. My dad called the veterinarian to assist, but there was nothing they could do."

Experienced
Answer example

"The most difficult case I have worked, was when I was assisting with some rescue dogs that were used as bait dogs for a dogfighting ring. A few of the dogs that were brought in had to be euthanized right away. It was one of the worst cases of animal abuse I have ever witnessed."

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: 05/30/2013
Last modified on: 12/18/2018
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