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Top 25 Veterinary Assistant Interview Questions

Question 1 of 25
How would your employer describe your past work?
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Question 2 of 25
Tell me about the different types of animals you have worked with in the past.
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Before you go down your list of furry and feathery friends, take a look at the website for the clinic. What types of animals do they specialize in? Even if you have worked with cows and chickens or other animals the clinic does not serve, you probably learned some valuable lessons and skills. Most vet clinics work with a range of animals that might include turtles, bunnies and birds. Each type of animal offers different challenges for a vet assistant. Since you will primarily be handling the animals to administer shots or treatments, show the interviewer how your experience will help you to be an asset to their clinic. Apply the skills you've learned from working with animals to show you are confident and capable of dealing with any kind of animal that comes through the door.
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Question 3 of 25
Tell me about your animal training.
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You may have read books and articles or received formal dog training. Whatever the case may be, you want to share relevant training related to animal handling and training. If you received any training in a volunteer setting at an animal shelter or from your education, be sure to include it! When you talk about training or education, share what you learned and how it has been helpful. Training is not required to be a veterinary assistant, but there are several medical career schools that offer training. If you are considering formal training, be sure to check with the National Association of Veterinary Technicians to find a program that's right for you!
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Question 4 of 25
How would you handle a situation that could cause you to be late for work?
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"I stay calm and composed when issues arise. I got rear ended one time on the way to work. I called my boss immediately and then called one of my co-workers to see if they could fill in for me for the first couple hours of my shift."

Proper planning will get you far, but sometimes life happens and you'll need a plan B. Think about some of the variables in your life that could affect your attendance at work. Sick children, traffic, car breakdowns... the list goes on. Most likely one of these issues has affected you before. How did you handle it? It may not be possible for everything to work out so smoothly, getting your shift covered or still making it to work on time. Your interviewer is looking to see that you are proactive and that you can handle the stress of unexpected situations that can arise.
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"I stay calm and composed when issues arise. I got rear ended one time on the way to work. I called my boss immediately and then called one of my co-workers to see if they could fill in for me for the first couple hours of my shift."
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Question 5 of 25
Tell me about your favorite job. What did you like most about it?
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This is a good question to think about before you go to your interview. It can help bring clarity about what your intentions are for wanting this new position. It can also help you check to make sure you're headed in the right direction. If you liked your past job because you to work with people in a hands on, challenging environment, working as a vet assistant in a clinic is perfect for you. However, if you enjoy working in an office behind a desk on a computer all day, you might want to reconsider this new role. If you were to use that as an example, I know the interviewer would be questioning if you're a good fit. When you give your answer, talk about how the elements you enjoyed in your favorite job to show how they are similar to this new position. It could be a completely different field. That's okay! Point out three key characteristics of the job that made it great. Think about how they compare to what you're looking forward to when you work at the vet clinic.
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Question 6 of 25
Tell me about some of the animals you have cared for in your life?
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Question 7 of 25
How would you handle an aggressive animal?
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Question 8 of 25
What's the most difficult situation you have dealt with in your work experience?
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Question 9 of 25
Think of a day when you had many things to do. How did you schedule your time?
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Question 10 of 25
What appeals to you most about working as a veterinary assistant?
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Question 11 of 25
How do you feel about cleaning up after animals?
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Question 12 of 25
How do you respond to criticism?
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Question 13 of 25
Tell me about your experience working in a clinic or a hospital environment?
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Question 14 of 25
How do you feel about being asked to perform tasks outside of your job description?
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Question 15 of 25
Why should I hire you?
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Question 16 of 25
What is your long term career goal?
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Question 17 of 25
How do you feel about exotic pets?
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Question 18 of 25
How do you respond in an emergency situation?
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Question 19 of 25
How did you become interested in veterinary medicine?
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Question 20 of 25
What is the biggest mistake you have made? What did you learn from it?
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Question 21 of 25
How do you maintain accurate patient records?
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Question 22 of 25
How would you respond if asked to come in on your day off?
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Question 23 of 25
How do you handle stress?
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Question 24 of 25
Tell me about yourself.
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Question 25 of 25
From your observation and/or experience, what do you think it will be like to work in a veterinary clinic?
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About Veterinary Assistant

August 31st, 2017

Veterinary assistants provide medical attention and care to animals under the supervision of a qualified veterinarian or veterinary technician. They spend their work day bathing, feeding, and exercising animals, administering medications and vaccinations, cleaning and sterilizing equipment, operating rooms and examination rooms, collecting blood and urine samples, and restraining animals during treatments or examinations.

Becoming a veterinary assistant does not require advanced education. Many employers hire applicants with a high school diploma or equivalent. However, you will need to complete a period of on-the-job training before being entrusted with handling the animals independently. Prior experience working with animals can give your employment prospects a big boost. Critical thinking, problem-solving and active listening skills are essential in this role. Most important is a genuine love for animals. Animals that are sick or injured are more likely to bite and scratch because they are frightened or in pain. The ability to stay calm and think quickly when faced with an aggressive animal is one of the most crucial traits in a veterinary assistant. Doing an internship will give you a first-hand look at what this role entails and will also give you the competitive edge over the other applicants.

Your replies to all interview question must reflect your passion for animals and emphasize your knowledge of what this job entails. You want to be able to convince the interviewers that you are the best candidate for the job with your strong, compelling answers. If you need some practice to improve your chances of success, go to Mock Questions and check out the questions listed there. Practising answers to these questions will help you ace your veterinary assistant interview.

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