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With animal abuse being highlighted more in the news and on social media, do you believe legislation and consequences for committing such acts are heading in the right direction?

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

Updated on December 18th, 2018 |
How to Answer

Animal abuse, unfortunately, happens more often than many people realize. Veterinarians see cases that people who are not involved in animal health may never imagine. Sharing your thoughts on this subject, although difficult, is necessary and shows the interviewer your heart for animals and that you are up-to-date with current events involving animals.

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"It's been said that you can judge a society by how well it treats its animals and its weakest members, which are often one and the same. Animal abuse is horrifying, and the laws are all over the map in the US and elsewhere. Certain places take it very seriously and certain places don't. I do feel like the more public awareness is increased the legislation and consequences will follow."

Entry Level
Answer example

"In terms of what we can do as a society to prevent animal abuse and neglect, I think it's a question of being aware, knowing who to report it to, and having the guts as a society to enforce laws about infractions and have proper sentencing for those who do it."

Experienced
Answer example

"In my experience, however, animal neglect is far more common than animal abuse and more insidious. I have had to call animal control several times in my career, and in most cases, it was when someone didn't get necessary medical attention for their pet (which is neglect), and rarely for an abuse case. It's simply not right to fail to get medical attention for a pet who is your responsibility. I feel like legislation is heading in the right direction, but it is up to all of us to be vigilant to speak for those who don't have a voice."

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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