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Veterinary Assistant
March 1st, 2014

Veterinary Assistants help Veterinarians and Veterinary Technicians care for animals. Veterinary Assistants need to enjoy working with animals and owners. The job requires lifting and holding animals, some office skills, clinical procedures, record keeping and more. The work setting may be in animal hospitals, clinics, and research labs. They may also be employed in animal shelters, and in some cases, pet stores.
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Veterinary Assistant Interview Questions
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Tell me about your animal training.
 
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I have worked professionally with horses for ten years now and ice recently started volunteering at a wildlife rescue.
 
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I study Animal Care at college where we deal with animals day in and day out. Also I have 3 dogs at home and have grown up with animals around me.
 
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How would you handle a situation that could cause you to be late for work?
 
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The most difficult experience that I faced at the Durham Humane Society was viewing how deplorable the conditions were within the small rodent room, and having the employee in charge of that room refuse to let anyone clean in there. I discovered a bug infestation amongst the food, which helped to resolve a major infestation occurring within the shelter.
 
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Well, I definetly wouldn't like it but I think I could handle it. At least I knew I tried to help that animal as best as I could.
 
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Tell me about the different types of animals you have worked with in the past.
 
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Yes, I believe that it is a natural progression.
 
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I have been a part of multiple euthanizations and have felt emotional, but have so far kept my composure.
 
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Tell me about your favorite job. What did you like most about it?
 
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I really enjoy dentals because you can see instant results.
 
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I was most satisfied working as a para-educator in the autism unit at Cooper High School because it was truly satisfying to help those children learn important life skills, social skills and academic skills. I remember on the last day of school, the young man in which I worked with one-on-one had received the highest grade in the class on his history final. There's nothing more satisfying than helping people or animals become better at something in which they have struggled.
 
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Tell me about some of the animals you have cared for in your life?
 
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I helped out with the cows on my parents farm since the time I was 12 until 2005. Then I cared for many animals at ... in my 4.5 years there, including hospitalized and boarding cats and dogs. I now volunteer with Animal Aide, where I go almost every sunday to clean cages, feed and water cats and kittens, and some times do some socializing of cats and kittens.
 
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That's quite a list! Over the years I've had experience with many different dog breeds, and on the farm we raised cattle and had ponies. I've also owned and cared for freshwater fish, fire belly and African dwarf frogs, Guinea pigs, rabbits, a breaded dragon, and a Goliath bird eating spider.
 
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How would you handle an aggressive animal?
 
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I have experience, I love animals, I am fluent in two different languages and I am ready to learn anything that can be learned.
 
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Because I am passionate about animals and I would love a job working with animals.
 
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How do you feel about cleaning up after animals?
 
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Yes. I worked for 3 years as Cat Staff Supervisor at an animal shelter and I have a lot of experience cleaning kennels.
 
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When I was first hired at the local vet clinic, cleaning kennels and running the hydrobath was my main job. I have no problems with cleaning kennels, walls, ceilings, benches or anything else that needs cleaning.
 
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How do you respond to criticism?
 
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I haven't worked in a couple of years so I'm excited to be back in the workforce.
 
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I dog sit, train, I am certified in animal diet and nutrition. I want to expand my knowledge with some medical background.
 
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What's the most difficult situation you have dealt with in your work experience?
 
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My diploma and going to college for dog training.
 
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I am very proud of having qualified as a veterinary nurse, and I’m also very proud of my achievements with my music.
 
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Think of a day when you had many things to do. How did you schedule your time?
 
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Multitasking I'm great at.
 
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Not a problem at all, the busier I am the better I tend to do.
 
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What appeals to you most about working as a veterinary assistant?
 
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I can deal very well with blood. I have years of a experience as a veterinary assistant and I am comfortable drawing blood, preparing wounds, and assisting with surgery.
 
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I'm fine seen it many times in my lifetime.
 
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Tell me about your experience working in a clinic or a hospital environment?
 
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I currently work in the kennels at a Humane Society. I also foster dogs for the Humane Society including pregnant/nursing moms and a bottle feeding puppy. I have also owned and pet-sat dogs, cats, and critters.
 
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What is there to say. I have owned and cared for all the animals I stated before and I can say all are different and fasinating. Many of these animals I have not had in many years but I suprise myself in the fact that I know quite a fair bit in the care and upbringing of these animals. I have been bitten by snakes and lizards, scratched and bitten by lions and tigers. I have been the first one in my family to notice anything wrong with our pets and send them to the vets asap. I have helped my brother behind the scenes of various zoos and helped care for coockatoos and joeys.
 
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How do you feel about being asked to perform tasks outside of your job description?
 
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Money is always nice but it is not everything.
 
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In a way yes. I have uni fees to pay off and such but in my heart not so much. I just want to do it for the animals and for my own sanctification.
 
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Why should I hire you?
 
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I have been bitten, but never a puncture wound. I have been bitten while in VA by the cats before while learning to restrain, but I have gotten much better at it.
 
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I have been bitten a few times by feral cats, but this is just part of the job.
 
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What is your long term career goal?
 
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I am looking for a long term employment of about a year to grow professionally for vet school prep.
 
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For as long as you'll have me.
 
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How do you feel about exotic pets?
 
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I am comfortable with all animals as long as someone directs me where to safely hold animals I have little experience with.
 
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Yes most deffenitly.
 
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How do you respond in an emergency situation?
 
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Although it is hard to see an animal in pain I know they are in the best place now and it will push me to do everything in my ability to make this animal feel more comfortable whether it be giving it fresh food and bedding or just giving it attention.
 
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I will have empathy for the animal but believe that I can compose myself in a professional manner to help assist in any way I can.
 
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How did you become interested in veterinary medicine?
 
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I would find it enjoyable to assist the vet techs and other staff with unique equipment that I have never had the exposure to use/assist with previously. I would find it interesting to help animals during rehabilitation as well.
 
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I want to be able to challenge myself in anyway I can to gain more experience and knowledge to help me improve in this career.
 
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What is the biggest mistake you have made? What did you learn from it?
 
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Seeing the sick animals get better and seeing how thankful the owners are.
 
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Seeing them leave the hospital after a long stay with us after a full recovery, I love seeing how happy the animal is and how relieved and thankful the owner is.
 
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How do you maintain accurate patient records?
 
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I have been laid off from a job due to budget costs but I have never been asked to leave due to my work performance.
 
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No, I have never been requested to leave a job or volunteer position.
 
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How would you respond if asked to come in on your day off?
 
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I am a dedicated hard working person who cares about my job very much.
 
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I am very hard working and I learn very fast. If I make a mistake I am quick to own up to it and fix it.
 
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How do you handle stress?
 
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I have had a couple terrifying experiences on the farm that have had to be dealt with, but we got through them.
 
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I have had multiple terrifying situations. Experiences between getting trampled by horses and trying to rescue very stressed dogs. I have learned the best strategy is to keep calm. If you do not, the animal can sense it and will excite even more.
 
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Tell me about yourself.
 
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From your observation and/or experience, what do you think it will be like to work in a veterinary clinic?
 
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