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Tell me about your animal training.

Answer examples and advice for how to answer this interview question for a Veterinary Assistant interview

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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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Tell me about your animal training.
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Ive had seven years experience working in a cat and dog rehoming centre.
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I have helped with other peoples pets and have had jobs with animal shelters too.
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I have work at vet offices.
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I have 4 year experience to work with large and wildlife animals.
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I went to the pierce county skill center and took veterinary science courses.
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I have had 8 months in a Veterinary Assistant program and recieved a 90% final grade.
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I have no training with animals but I am quick to learn anything.
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I have worked at a show barn for over 14 years. I also have had pets (dogs, cats, snakes, hamsters, birds) all my life. I have been shadowing veterinarians both large animal and small for the past 3 years and have first handed witnessed many injuries and births of horses while on the job.
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I was raised on a farm.
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I have Shadowed for the about the past year at Animal Hospital at Vista Lakes with Dr. Smith and Dr. Raulerson. That has given me enormous insight as to how to handle situations with different animals. The SPCA has granted me physical training with regards to handling cats and dogs.
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I'm a qualified VOA, I have much experience in restraint with both cats and dogs, at my clinic I have taken temps, removed IV's and assisted post surgery.
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I have been raised with animals my entire life and have always had a passion for helping them. I was that kid that would constantly be bringing injured strays home, and helping to heal them and bring them back to health. I have worked in an animal hospital, gone to school for vet tech, and volunteered with animals.
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I worked with animals at a wildlife rehabilitation clinic preparing their food, feeding them, throwing out old food and cleaning their pens. Along with all the experience I had with family pets, I have personally owned a dog, a cat and cichlids so I learned what is needed to keep those animals alive and thriving. In addition to that I worked with animals as an extern and volunteer at an animal hospital.
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Pet walker, dog sitter.
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I have completed the online portion of my vet assistant certification and have 2 dogs of my own.
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I have pets of my own, I worked at a vet office, kennel, volunteer at SPCA, and also have my online degree.
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I have worked in vet clinics, as jobs, co-op and volunteering for many years, and have had lots of hands on experience. I also currently volunteer for animal aide.
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I have 7 years of experience with small animals. While at my last job I helped restrain and assist with surgical induction, monitored animals during surgery, helped take x-rays, did animal blood work analysis, and fed and watered all hospitalized and boarding animals.
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I have no professional or employment experience but I was raised to care for animals and do what is necessary to have a happy healthy pet. I have always had an array of animals and have raised abandoned baby animals several times since I was young.
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Animal keeper at zoo.
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I currently work in a shelter, have had various pets, pet-sit for friends and family.
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None but I have always been around animals growing up.
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I have not had any training but I am an animal person and I like to learn new things.
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I have friends that have pets like dogs, cats, birds and small animals I always have taken the oppurtunity to bond with their animals and learn how to take care of them. I also have my own pet rabbit and got most of my training with animals during co-op.
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I have had no professional training with animals, however, I have been raised with them all my life. Anywhere from cats, dogs, birds, mice, hamsters, lizards, and horses. I am a quick learner and feel the love I have for animals will give me the motivation to learn even quicker.
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Associates and training/behavior, key points on body language that the animals present with.
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I have been trained with rhesus macaques and common marmoset handling and husbandry. I have also been trained with handling dogs and cats. In addition to being trained, I've lived my whole life with a variety of animals, not just dogs and cats but different types of rodents (rats, mice, hamsters, rabbits, etc.), horses, cows, chickens, goats.
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Schooling wise I have my animal sciences diploma, personal experience I grew up on a farm with tonz of different animals I was a kennel manager at a pet store and currentlly work in a dog kennel.
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I currently do not have a professional experience with animals but I have taught myself to potty train my dog and to groom him properly.
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I have been to college and studied animal care, passing this course with distinction qualifications. I also have a lot of experience with handling all types of animals.
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I volunteered at a small 2 doctor animal hospital where I restrained and helped with various procedures.
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357 hours with mixed small animals and equine. Limited experience with cattle and small ruminants.
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I have worked with several no kill animal shelters in assisting with spaying and neutering clinics. This is were I got the animals prepped for their procedures, saved areas, and did after care. I have helped out on local farms with the castrating and insemination two a year. Assisting the vet in holding items and helping to keep the animals still.
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5yrs in the field; cleaning cages, walking pets, restraint; bloodwork.
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Not much, I have worked at the zoo for the last 2 years and a half I have had the privilege of working with some exotic animals such as stingrays and giraffes.
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I have volunteered over 300 hours at a small, privately owned clinic where the doctor also specialized in exotic animals such as monkeys, snakes, lizards and guinea pigs. I have received my veterinary assistant certification through Animal Behavior College. This certification included a 90 hours externship where I received hands-on training in a working animal hospital with and without supervision.
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I have never professionally worked with animals however, I have always owned them. I currently have 2 dogs and 2 cats that I used during college to practice my skills on.
38.
I have a degree in animal behavior and a certificate for veterinary assistant. In college I worked primarily with wild animals via the Cleveland zoo (lemurs). After college I volunteered with the humane society cleaning cages and helping with the cats and dogs. Plus I have grown up with family pets ranging from chinchilla’s, cats, dogs and large animals such as cows.
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I attended veterinary assistance school and obtain my certificate.
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Trained to handle birds, pigs, dogs, horses, cats, rabbits..
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Degree in animal behavioural science. Certificate in microchipings.
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I hve a certificate in Assisting and 3 years of work experience all tolled. I have owned animals all my life.
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I know how to properly handle and restrain animals. Take samples from animals. Give basic care such as feeding, giving water, walking, bathroom breaks, etc. Nursing skills such as bandaging wounds. I learned animal behaviour so I can tell if an animal is comfortable or uncomfortable.
44.
I have done an animal management college course and have been shown by my current head nurse how to correctly and safely hold animals for procedures such as raising the vein.
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I have 3 years experience working as a veterinary assistant and have learned a great deal about the requirements of this job. I have also had some training with an equine veterinarian as well.
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Cleaning kennels, feeding and taking the dogs for walks.
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I have been trained in medicating, giving vaccines, microchipping, nail trimming, and basic care and restraint.
48.
At the museum of life and science I am trained in animals care to clean stalls, provide food, make diets, handle animals, and clean enclosures.
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I have been trained on handleing, feeding, and cleaning for a variety of animals. And also been able to use positive reinforcment to train animals for target trainign and weights.
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I have been trained on handleing, feeding, and cleaning for a variety of animals. And also been able to use positive reinforcment to train animals for target trainign and weights.
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Yes, with the rescues and my volunteer work with other Veterinary Hospitals I have bottle fed puppies and kittens and cared for sick and or injured animals.
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I was trained in college to handle difficult situations and learn everything about the animal, not only biologically, but environmental impact as well. I have been trained in drugging animals and proper procedures, taking DNA samples, etc.
53.
I have personal experience with animals and have self taught myself dog obedience training.
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Most training has been through my own experiences, such as how to properly approach an animal and the correct ways to restrain one. Many of these I learned by taking my dogs to obedience training or their vets.
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Not only have a been owner of many different animals but I also have worked at pet smart and at 2 different shelters.
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I have grown up taking care of animals on the farm. I also went to school for Equine Science working with horses. While I was in school I had an internship working at a Vet clinic. I was able to work with large and small animals. I also have been volunteering at the Wildlife hospital.
57.
I have worked at two veterinary offices and I own many pets and I also pet sit for family friends.
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Handling mammals in the feild, pet owner, volunteering at humane societys.
59.
In addition to my certification, I have two years of experience as a vet assistant and two internships with veterinary hospitals.
60.
None but I have a dog which I love she is my best friend and I take excellent care of her.
61.
I have completed the Veterinary Assistant Program at Robertson College and had my practicum at the Animal Hospital of Manitoba.
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The only training I have would be watching other peoples pets, and training my own pets to do tricks and other extroninary things.
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I have worked on a large farm and have a feedlot and have done all the animal husbandry and worked looking after the sick animals. I am presently studying a animal certificate course.
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I have had to deal with very sick animals, On our farm we some times have to put them down but it is very rewarding when you are able to make the animal better.
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Well, I help with restrained and nail clippings with them.
66.
At the Humane Society of Durham Region, I received training of how to walk dogs, as well as approach and handle them safely. I was also trained on how to safely deal with the small rodents there. I have had experience with my own animals of different varieties as well.
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I have volunteer experience at the local SPCA, I babysit friend`s animals, and I work at a veterinary clinic currently.
68.
I attended animal care course for two years at college and done 2 years work placement in a vet practice.
69.
I have a Bachelor of Animal science as well as three years of experience of Veterinary school. Additionally I have over 1,000 hours of volunteer experience in large animals, wildlife, and small animals.
70.
I have been trained in survival surgery, aseptic techniques, and restraining techniques with mice. I was also trained at the Humane Society to care for cats in general and cats that may have behavioral problems.
71.
I took a hands on course in veterinary medical assistance and I did my practicum in a veterinary clinic where I got a lot experience in handling animals.
72.
I have grown up around animals but I personally have not had any specific training.
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Worked as a volunteer with homeless cats. Feed, cleaned their area, played with them. I have a dog and have had two hamsters.
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College courses in animal welfare, and placements and part time work shearing /lambing /farming/ veterinary/ horses.
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I studied Biology in college with a concentration in Zoology, I have participated in 3 internship programs at animal facilities, and I held the position of educator at the zoo, for 7 months.
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Most of my training experiences have come from my job at the pet hotel. Mainly interacting with the pets that boarded, behaviors, feeding, keeping track of charts, grooming, restraining, many things. I also learned a lot from my animal science labs at UC Davis. We worked mainly with farm animals, which is a bit different from veterinary practices.
77.
Most of my experience is from working directly with animals.
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I have been an agility trainer for the past 2 years. I have worked with caring for horses as well as cows.
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Ive owned several of my own pets from I was a child. But other than that im all new.
80.
I have always owned animals and have loved taking care of them. About 10 years ago, my father partnered with On- Point Outfitters, which is an upland bird hunting business. With the business we started raising English Setters and Pointers. I have helped my father with the business by being the kennel attendant, helping to whelp puppies and everything in between. I also worked at the pet spa and worked very closely with the vet clinic associated with the pet spa. I was able to advise clients when to take their pet to the vet and offer assistance in caring for the pet if it needed to be hospitalized.
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No formal training but plenty of life experience with raising the dogs, horses etc.
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All of the training with animals that ive had, has been with my own animals, which is a pretty wide range of personalities and sizes.
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I consider that I have ample training with animals, over the years sence I was a little girl I had a cat and a dog, I cared for them as I grew, I used to go fishing for my cat because she loved the trout so much, I cant remember not having an animal, so I always cared for animals.
84.
I have 6 years experience in the veterinary field as well as I graduated from PIMA medical institute with a certificate in veterinary assistant.
85.
I have worked in a clinic for a year and also have had animals my whole life.
86.
I worked under a skilled professional groomer for over a year learning grooming and handling techniques for a variety of animals anywhere from small dogs and cats to large breed dogs. I also work well with difficult behaviors such as biting and scratching. Even working with fragile and elderly animals.
87.
Minimal; mostly personal care of my pets and family pets. Constantly fostering animals until a more stable loving home made itself available.
88.
My training thus far has been pretty basic. Feeding, grooming and administering medications.
89.
Only experience however I have started my Vet Nursing Certificate IV
90.
I attended westech college and did volunteer work through them.
91.
I have had 1 year full training, learning how to be a vet assistant in high school where I dealt with animals cleaned up work areas and assisted the teacher.
92.
Before I decided that I wanted to pursue a veterinary career, I volunteered at the animal shelter and shadowed a DVM to get a feel of what the job is like. While I shadowed, I was allowed to help restrain dogs for blood draws or toenail clippings. Also, at the animal shelter, I usually walk the dogs and there was a vaccine drive where I was allowed to draw vaccines for the vet.
93.
90 hour stage with my school program gave me a lot of experience in animal hospotal procedures and what it is llike to work there on a daily.
94.
I have completed the animal care certificate from Sheridan College plus I have worked in an emergency clinic and an animal hospital.
95.
I currently work as a kennel tech and I have done volunteer work at CAP shelther a few times and I have volunteered about 4 times at the tomball rescue.
96.
I have lived a very animal orientated life. I have trained my own horse, raised my own puppy and cared for many farm animals.
97.
Well I completed my Veterinary assistant diploma with Penn Foster during which the majority of my hands on experience came from North West Vet clinic and the Trinidad and Tobago Police Mounted Branch where I requested an internship in order to get some experience with Large animals.
98.
I have been around animals all my life. When I was younger, I was mainly at my grandmas house and she owned a farm, i'd tend to her farm animals. Ever since, i've been around animals. Taking care of them.
99.
I have shown animals for 9 years and gained above average animal handling skills.
100.
Certificate ii animal study, animal rescue.
101.
I can give health assessments, administer vaccines, check vital signs, and properly hold and restrain an animal.

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