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What are your thoughts on mandatory spaying or neutering laws?

1 of 29 Veterinarian Interview Questions and Answers Written by Darby Faubion

Updated on December 18th, 2018 |
How to Answer

It is really important to remember when an interviewer asks, what is your opinion, this is not the time to try and re-write the law or to argue a strong case. State your thoughts as the question suggests, but remember to be respectful of the law. No employer wants to hire a candidate who may be willing to go against a policy, simply because they don't agree with it.

Professional Answer Examples
Answer example

"This is a question that often causes some conflict among those of us in veterinary medicine. Regardless of my opinion, if the law where I am practicing mandates spaying or neutering, I will advise pet owners who bring their pets to me of the law and offer my services."

Entry Level
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"I'm actually in favor of mandatory neutering and spaying laws. I understand that others may disagree with me, but I have done volunteer work in shelters and animal rescues and have seen the conditions that many unwanted animals are left in."

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"I have to say that I am a bit 'on the fence' with regard to mandatory spaying or neutering. I understand the rationale behind the law, being that there are so many overpopulated shelters and rescues and that some people run what is commonly referred to as 'puppy mills.' On the other hand, having owned several animals myself, I understand pet owners wanting to have a new litter, especially when a pet gets older and nears the end of life. Having said all of that, I am obligated to abide by the law and by the policies at the facility where I work and will do so."

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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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