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What's the most difficult situation you have dealt with in your work experience?

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

How to Answer

What's difficult for one person might be easy for another. A tough customer might be more of a challenge than chasing a cat around the office. Think of an example. Consider framing your answer like this:

"When I volunteered at the animal shelter, I had a dog that had vomited and pooped all over his cage and rolled around in it. I cleaned him up and his cage. He was a large Rottweiler mix and very sick so it was a challenge to move him as well."

To show your enthusiasm and motivation, you could follow up with your statement by saying, "I understand the challenges of being a vet assistant, but it's worth it to me. I know this experience handling animals will help me reach my career goals."

What keeps you motivated when you have to do the dirty work? Time to think about how this job fits into your career goals!

What's the most difficult situation you have dealt with in your work experience?
Answer example

"When I volunteered at the animal shelter, I had a dog that had vomited and pooped all over his cage and rolled around in it. I cleaned him up and his cage. He was a large Rottweiler mix and very sick so it was a challenge to move him as well."

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What's the most difficult situation you have dealt with in your work experience?
My diploma and going to college for dog training.
I am very proud of having qualified as a veterinary nurse, and I’m also very proud of my achievements with my music.
Becoming an administrator at the age of 20 at a call center.
Of course graduating high school, learning how to speak and write english in only four years and taking the big step from moving from my home town in Spain to come to the States.
Getting my GED, becoming a CNA and going back to school and finishing it.
Supporting and helping animals if needed.
I could have 2 degrees one master and one doctorate and learning 2 language.
Going back to school again to get my aas.
I am most proud of all of the high marks that I have received in school, as well as the development of my self over the years. I continue to grow.
I am most proud of all of the high marks that I have received in school, as well as the development of my self over the years. I continue to grow.
I am most proud of graduating from college, and taking that certificate to get me a job in the animal care field, where I enjoy working with animals. I am also proud of my volunteer work, I volunteer with Animal Aide and also VON.
Graduating from high school.
One of my biggest accomplishments is competing and placing 10th in the World at American Quarter Horse Youth Association World Show in 2008.
I have kept my cat alive and my fish for this long.
Graduating with my BS degree in less than 4 years.
When I was training my dog.
My merit roll and honor roll and graduating high school.
Getting my ged, animal rescue, being a good influence among others.
While at Best Friends Animals Society, through clicker training I was able to train a highly reactive dog to be more acquainted with being around other dogs. Working with highly reactive dogs in general is incredible rewarding.
I am immensely proud of having raised my two teenage children in a way that sets them up for success. Their high achievement and well mannered demeanor reflects my hard work. I am proud that I achieved my bachelor's degree in biology while raising my kids. I also graduated with honors which was something that I pushed myself to do because I wanted to. I am proud that I have pushed myself beyond my comfort zone to try new things that I was unsure of- like SCUBA diving or snowboarding. I am proud that I have move closer and closer to an environmentally friendly lifestyle.
Eating and taking up a healthier lifestyle, writing more often for a personal blog and learning new things and being able to make a positive impact in my work place.
Learning to fly a plane. I have a fear of heights and doing acrobatics over Somerset In a plane my dad learned to fly in was hard but amazing at the same time.
Currently my biggest accomplishment was going back to school. I never thought I was confident enough to do it but I'm so glad I pushed myself and followed through.
The most I'm proud of is graduating. And living a very resonsible life style.
Rasing money for the Ms bike tour I do every year. Going to college and finishing Veterinary assistant program.
I started at Kohls as a part time cashier. In only 8-9 months, I was promoted to a lead position, which is a department head. I then left the position for 6 months. When I returned, I was only a lead for another 5 months before I got promoted to an area supervisor position, which is a managerial position. So in less than 2 years, I was able to teach myself and be confident enough to prove I had more in me than just being a part time cashier.
Being able to treat animals and understanding the human/animal bond.
Graduating top of my class in Bootcamp and Advanced Individual training is one of my biggest accomplishments, landing me a Army Achievement Medal for excellence.
I'm proud to be a mother to my two wonderful boys. I'm also proud to be doing what I love and following a career i've always wanted to pursue.
Bringing up my son on my own, studying at a higher level.
I am very proud of my successes with competing my horses, but especially in working with difficult horses that have been given up on by other people. I have been persistent and hard working and it has paid off, and that gives me a lot of pleasure. Specifically, work experience at HorseWorld in Bristol was a fantastic experience, as we had some horses arrive at the centre in a very bad condition, suffering from strangles with many of them severely underweight and infested with lice. Caring for these animals was an incredible experience, and seeing them slowly come back to life made the hard work of being part of that welfare team incredibly rewarding. I am also proud of the grades I have managed to achieve throughout my education whilst balancing my hobbies and jobs. Another accomplishment I am proud of has been the reputation I have developed in our local area for the high standard of care I provide for their animals.
Completing my college degrees. It took a lot of time, money, and effort but I feel a great sense of accomplishment.
I am very proud to have taken the intiative to have recieved my vet assitant certificate and also succesfully being a part of a succesful team.
My time in 3R Rescue, I have grown so much in the organization. I became a valuable teammate of the organization and I have also came to get close with all the other volunteers as well as the owner of the rescue.
Going back to school, and continuing my education in order to join the veterinary field.
I want got money then Very good I am Deaf learning the VA.
Going to school, and learning more about animals, and how I can help animals when they are hurt or sick.
Taking charge of my career and going to school for what I am most passionate about.
My biggest accomplishment is obtaining my vet assistant certification. Working with animals is my dream career and I am proud that I am taking the steps to make it a reality.
Bringing the Spay and Neuter program to Granite County, my volunteer work as an EMT.
Helping people. From being a part of Search and Rescue to becoming a veterinary assistant, I am most proud when someone benefits from my help.
Left everything behind and come to Australia to follow my dream.
My ability to walk, is one great accomplishment. Due to my CP, my days are filled with pain so being able to manage caring for myself is something I am very proud of.
I earned a college degree. I worked hard for many years at my previous jobs. I made the move to Eureka on my own to live where I have wanted to live.
Teaching my infant son day to day is an accomplishment in its self.
Getting accepted to the nursing program at UALR
I would have to say my four boys, first, second is that I completed a two year program of office administration, which I enjoyed to the fullest,
I was not very good at sciences in high school, but I got a 4.0 GPA in Animal Care while I was working full time for one semester.
How I have managed to balance work, school and volunteering for the past 3 years and still be successful in all three.
One program vaccination for buffalo s.
I am most proud of my family and raising two children that have become exceptional adults.
Completeing my associates degree.
Overcoming the challenges of pursuing a job in such a competitive field.
First of all, I'm proud of myself for obtaining my GED and making good use of it by going to school. Second. I've been on the Dean's list several quarters in a row and I have to say that I'm proud that my hark work is being accomplished.
Top of the Class award from college.
Graduating high school... I became pregnant in my senior year and I felt like giving up. I remeber my father not having any faith in me I decided to prove him wrong and do for my baby girl.
I am most proud of my ability to overcome the challenges in my life to reach my goals and aspirations. It has been a humbling learning experience however I have exceeded my expectations for myself and plan to continue pursuing all of my goals.
I think going to vet school and completing that was really a big accomplishment for me you have to ocmstantly study and take muiltple test and I would say I wasn't the smartest person so being able do something that I love to learn about and being involved was s huge advnatage.
Finishing this program. Keeping a job for 7 years and learning a lot on how companies work.
I am proud of the achievements I have made in school and I hope to continue my journey learning about all there is to know about animals.
I am most proud of my two previous years at the kern county fair. I won reserve champion duroc in 2014 and I won reserve champion black cross steer in 2015. I worked really hard on those projects and was happy with the way they turned out.
Wedding day, progress with meg.
I am most proud of my honors achievements in college. I worked independently to research painted buntings and my findings where new for the field.
Having served in the military and held my current job for 35 years.
My biggest accomplishment would be getting to be part of TCC's honor society.
I have over come many obsticals in my life. The proudest I am is of my BS in Biology from Penn State. At a young age and throughout my life I have endured many hardships and the loss of close loved ones and poor health and still had the strength to carry on and make it where I am today healthy and happy.
Paying my own way through college, becoming a husband and father.
My rescue work, seeing a dog arrive in foster with me neglected and scared and taking care of them and preparing them for the next stage of their life then seeing them happy in their new home.
How far I've come and how I've used to grow to help better others. There was a.
Growing up with a special needs sibling I learned quickly to be kind, helpful and patient, especially towards those who may not understand, or have enough advocacy to be fully aware.
Passing my courses to the highest grade, passing my driving test, helping my mum through her battle with cancer.
I'm proud of all my accomplishments, I am very smart and have gotten pretty good grades all my life.
Helping my residents with whatever they need.
I a. Really proud of achieved under 15 and 17 champion in my running. This has taught me that trying hard and pushing myself always turns out good in the end.
Beating cancer, being a godmother, getting healthy.
Nuresing my kitten bob back to health some one left him on the side of the road with a dislocated back leg. He also had a bad heart mummer and mites in his ears. But I tock care of him and brought him to a vet and hes better now.
Putting myself through college.
Making the decision to take classes to become a veterinary assist. And completing my pet CPR and First aid training.
I am most proud of completing my university degree.
Graduating from college after making my own way into, and paying for it. I am also proud of my work as an artist.
I have a few accomplishments that I am proud of. Coming 3rd in the all Ireland Irish dancing teams, working my way to a sky guide and moving to a different country.
Finishing high school, working on my college degree, being able to learn hands on eith animals.
My reputation as a good animal technician, the acknowledgement we are given at the WHO seminars for the great work we as a team did at Containment 2 and 4 levels, helping homeless individuals to get back on their feet and being thanked for the support given to them as a team, bringing my children up to be accomplished and respected members of society.
I am most proud of graduating high school on honour roll. Getting my first part-time job. Which led to me buying my first car. Lastly I am proud of fully graduating and becoming certified as a veterinarian assistant.
I handled difficult situation and got through them.
I am proud of myself for pursuing my dreams and staying in college to make them a reality.
I am most proud of my Duke of Edinburgh award as I worked extremely hard to complete this and it took a lot of determination and commitment to be successful in it. It has been really beneficial as it has made me a stronger person and determined to be successful in everything I purse.
I iprooted and moved to a different country. I followed my dream and finished school.
Getting accepted into the vet tech program at college, succeeding academically in all my vet tech classes.
Doing the right thing and save animals tat are in need.
Finishing my two year online veterinary course in 6 months and graduating with a 94% and highest of my class. My children are big accomplishments and the work I have done with my animals.
I am most proud of my accomplishment of someone who was hired that didn't have any experience with animals to someone who is a leader and have trained many employees and takes pride in my work.
Being able to watch surgeries.
My most recent accomplishment is moving from Florida to North Carolina without having any family or friends in the area.
One day I have done one vaccination camp that place one former told to me about my work and my behavior that time am felt very proud.
Moving away from home and living independently. Maintaining and making new relationships.
Completing my diploma in Veterinary Assisting; Owning a house this early in my life; The training accomplishments I have achieved with my German Shorthaired Pointer.
Leaving a well paid position with prospects to getting a job at the boarding kennel.
My life with my pets especially horses, dogs, & cats who I have always felt a special bond with as a person. Also music is most enjoyable with an instrument. I have only taken very little training in vocal instruction.
Overcoming a rough childhood and learning from it instead of throwing myself a pity party.
Organizing 56 people to be with my grandmother during her final days, scheduling transportation, lodging, food, ect was no easy task.
I am very proud of attaining my bs in animal science maintaining a 3.2 GPA. Because throughout the program and through internships I learned a great deal about a variety of different animals.
In my personal life I am most proud of purchasing my own home, and in the career it would be being intrusted to attend a home visit with the vet and open and close the practice.
My proudest accomplishment was when I broke my first horse. I purchased this filly as a yearling and she had basically been turned out to pasture her whole life. It was a long process, but I was able to earn her trust and turn her into a wonderful riding horse.
The most proud thing in my life would be going to college and passing my classes and making this decieson.
Becoming more outgoing and getting out of my comfort zone. I am very proud of myself because I was really shy and didn't want to try anything new.
I'm really proud for passing my driving test, supporting my mum through her cancer treatment and bringing my pets up to see the outcomes now.
I got myself a house while juggling school, work, and community service.
I feel my best achievements are yet to come, however I am proud of my ability to organise two trips abroad on my own - one in South Africa for three weeks and one in Australia for a month. Through careful organisation, budgeting and planning of schedules I was able to experience new cultures, meet new people and have life changing experiences working with animals abroad.
My bachelors degree. I worked hard for my degree and learned a lot.
My top three would have to be, becoming a wife, becoming a mother, and becoming a vet tech student who has maintained a 4.0 GPA.
Completing my bachelors of science degree with a GPA of 3.4. I worked really hard and learned so much about what I love.
Recieving my diploma in animal sciences.
Being able to deal with animals confidently without being scared. Learning how to deal with people that are difficult to work with.
I am proud of my educational accomplishments, and my family. I am also proud of my ability to connect with almost anyone. I am a good listener. I am compassionate. I am detail oriented.
I'm honestly most proud of the life I've created for myself outside of work. I enjoy working and taking on challenges, but being able to come home to a comfortable environment where I have a wonderful husband and adorable fur babies is really special. I have a great support systems and it has helped me with staying positive and taking risks.
I use to be very shy and was not comfortable answering a phone or talking to a client, I am now very social and comfortable to talk to anyone who may come through the door.
Overcoming a hard upbringing in a broken home and still excelling in sports and academics is what I am most proud of.
I am really proud of obtaining my driving license. I have been driving for 7 months now and it has given me a sense of freedom and total responsibility.
Being able to grow as a person, I feel very enlightened on a lot of things at my age, reading about different things and just experincing things.
I am most proud of when, despite what troubles may be in my personal life, or I am handed a difficult task, I am able to persevere and go beyond what I even thought possible.
An accomplishment that I am most proud of would be being promoted to a manager position from not having hardly any work experience. I was pretty much responsible for maintaining the operations of the entire hotel.
Winning an art contest for wildlife preservation and orchestra accomplishments.
This is relatively unrelated, but I am most proud of my dancing career. When I was younger, from about 9 years old to 16 I had an opportunity to become a really great dancer, I was going to travel to a dance school in America on scholarship and I had my goals and future set. I had achieved a really high level of fitness from being very unfit, I had performed on many occasions and was apart of a huge team that still runs today and every time after a show, that was when I felt most proud. When you dance you can control people and their emotions, and through my dancing I know I made people feel really happy.
Graduating college, obtaining my vet assistant certificate, and always working supporting myself throughout that time.
Getting through high school. Becoming a vet assistant.
I am very proud of being a student councillor, it gave me opportunities to lead and plan things for my fellow class mates.
The accomplishment im most proud of is I am successfully going to graduate college and I am about to start my career off with something im so passionate about.
My biggest accomplishments I am most proud has to be when I completed a catheter, helped sedate an animal for surgery, and got to insert my first tracheal tube!
I have 3 older brothers, and being the first in my immediate family to obtain a Bachelor's Degree was a very proud moment in my life. I always strive to improve myself and my life, and every time I succeed in doing that, I become more and more proud of the person I've become and all that I do.
That I graduated high school with a very good GPA average also that I complete my vet assistant academy and I got my diploma as a vet assistant and finally that I could overcome all the obstacles that I had when I arrived to the Unites States.
I received Honors and Honor Roll graduating Veterinary Assisting. I completed high school with a 3.79. I made supervisor at Mcdonalds after 6 months because I was such a hard worker.
One of my proudest moments in my life was when I took the CVMA certification test for veterinary assisting and passed with flying colors. Another proud moment is when I became a supervisor at work I knew all my hard work had paid off.
I am really proud that I never settled. I could have kept studying speech pathology, but it wasnt making me entirely happy, I didnt feel very passionate about it, and why live a life with no passion? my family was pretty upset with me, but I knew that everything would work out, and that ill figure out what it is I want to do, so, I am very happy to be sitting here with you.
Most proud of graduating college.
I was able to move to Australia and establish a life of my own their and be able to come back home and jump back into the world. It really helped with my confidence and indepedance.
Having a degree in Veterinary Medicine and moving to an other country complete on my own.
After taking care of mac, when everyone was gone.
I am most proud for obtaining my degree in Biology. I worked extremely hard in school to get good grades and used the opportunity to learn as much as I can in the biological field. I also won an award for best peer tutor, which I was very happy about. I love knowing that I connected with and helped students in their education. I am proud to know that they were able to excel with my help.
Finishing high school and getting a job as a vet assistant soon there after.
I am proud of how far I have come along with school my first few semesters did not go to well and I had a few friends who wanted to be vets but either dropped out or changed majors because they thought the courses were too hard. So really I am proud for sticking it out and not giving up on myself.
Even tho I had my son at a young age I still going to school and working.
I'm proud of finding a way to pay my way through school and work toward the career that I truly want. It's not an accomplishment yet, but it's an accomplishment in progress. I'm also proud of the progress I've made with training my dog, who I rescued from an abusive situation and who had some aggression issues for a long time because of it. It's been a long process, but now she's a very good girl.
My level 3 diploma in animal management and getting over my fear and doing a sky dive.
If all goes as planned, it will be my greatest accomplishment to change careers.
Working on my farm, and having had the experience to work with so many different animals and seeing them grow from babies to old and being a part of that. I am also a very proud owner of two beautiful dogs and three cats, which have grown up to be great animals. As well as being on the honour roll of the VA program.
I became lead vet assistant at my job at hope for animals and I became a leader and I never thought that I could be a leader.
I am proud I finally made the deciosion to earn my diploma in veterinary assistance and further continuing my career with animals.
My recent associates degree.
One big accomplishment I'm very proud of is pushing myself to go back to school. It was a hard decision for me at the time but I'm glad I did it.
My accomplishment I'm most proud of would of course be my children.
Graduating and I took a bsw course and I didn't think I would complete it but I did it was 4 or 5 weeks.
Graduating and becoming certificate in animal care.
I am currently most proud out making honors at school for animal care.
My favorite accomplishment ive made in my life is getting my certification to be a VA. I love working with animals. They always have brought the better out in myself and id do anything to make their lives healthy and long lasting.
Well, being the first person in my family to graduate high school and go to college is something I consider great; also, sticking to my dreams no matter what obstacles are thrown at me.
Graduating from college is one of my biggest accomplishments. College was a struggle for my socially, but I pulled through and graduated with flying colors.
My biggest accomplishment is the completion of my College degree and the life lessons I have learned to this point.
The first thing that comes to mind is my grades; how I majorly improved them this year with a lot of hard work in my math and chemistry classes. I am also a black belt in Tae Kwon Do after about 5 hard years of training.
I am proud of raising my grades after struggling with math and chemistry during the year. I am also proud that I have become a black belt in Tae Kwon Do after 5 years of training.
I am prund that I was able to accomplish high school. Although my atar wasnt the best the fact that I finnished school and was able to now explore my passion was the biggest accomplishment. I have learnt so much in the last couple of years that I know will help me for the rest of my adult life. I am also proud that I went to africa on my own in a spare of the moment thought and actually did something to give back to a community and conservation reaserch.
Graduating college as a certified veterinary assistant.
I am most proud of graduating from nursing school and receiving my degree.
Being a technician. I hadn't known I was going to be promoted. I went to the head doctor and owner, if I could learn to run bloodwork to help ease the absence of the leaving tech. He then told me that he was going to being promoting me. I was very proud that he had chosen me to train and do that job.
I most proud of my ambition to do well in my career I'm very focus on what I want and I strive to get it. This is something I'm very proud of because I fell that not too many people have the same amount of passion for the veterinary field as I do.
I am very proud to be a graduate from the University of Central Florida. I have met amazing people and hope to do them justice in continuing the commitment to community service that the Honors College has instilled in me.
Going to school and gaining the exp.
Associates degree.
Marching band.

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