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What is your least favorite thing about being a veterinarian?

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

Updated on December 18th, 2018 |
How to Answer

It's important to remember that an interviewer is not expecting you to say that there is nothing about your job that you dislike. In fact, doing so would most likely lead him to wonder if you are being honest about your other answers. It's ok to have something that is not your favorite thing to do, just make sure it is not a core skill/requirement that is listed in the job description.

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"I can easily answer that question. My least favorite thing about being a veterinarian is the fact that, unlike a medical doctor, my patients can't verbally communicate with me. So, if an animal is very sick and no one saw an accident or injury, I am often left using symptoms and the process of elimination to determine the diagnosis in order to prepare a treatment plan."

Entry Level
Answer example

"My least favorite thing about being a veterinarian is that there doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day for me to do everything I want to do. I am one of the ones who are likely to stay late just to watch and make sure a sick dog doesn't take a turn for the worse, or to give 'Fido' an extra walk before heading home."

Experienced
Answer example

"I suppose my answer to this changes from time to time. It's not so much things that I dislike, but things that I wish I could make better. For instance, I wish every little grandma who brings her 15-year-old cat in could take it home with her instead of hearing that the cat is not going to make it. I wish I had x-ray vision and a magic wand and could fix every broken bone that is the result of a pet being struck by a car because it didn't have a secure yard to play in. Those may seem like minute things to say, but in the world of veterinary medicine, I am taking care of someone's best friend every day."

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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