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.
"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."
"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."
"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."