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Veterinary Assistant Interview Questions to Ask
1. How many employees do you have working here?
2. What are the prospects for growth and advancement here?
3. Does your clinic encourage continuing education and does this position allow for advancement?
4. What strengths and weaknesses do you think your clinic has?
5. What are some day to day duties that I would be responsible for and what are some expectations for this position?
6. Could you describe a typical day in this position?
7. What is a typical day at the office like for a veterinary assistant?
8. Are there any animals that this clinic does not treat?
9. Would i be going along with the vet on farm runs
10. Do you enjoy your job?
11. How many years has this clinic been in bussines approx how many clients do you have.
List of Veterinary Assistant Interview Questions
  1. How would your employer describe your past work?
  2. Tell me about the different types of animals you have worked with in the past.
  3. Tell me about your animal training.
  4. How would you handle a situation that could cause you to be late for work?
  5. Tell me about your favorite job. What did you like most about it?
  6. Tell me about some of the animals you have cared for in your life?
  7. How would you handle an aggressive animal?
  8. What's the most difficult situation you have dealt with in your work experience?
  9. Think of a day when you had many things to do. How did you schedule your time?
  10. What appeals to you most about working as a veterinary assistant?
  11. How do you feel about cleaning up after animals?
  12. How do you respond to criticism?
  13. Tell me about your experience working in a clinic or a hospital environment?
  14. How do you feel about being asked to perform tasks outside of your job description?
  15. Why should I hire you?
  16. What is your long term career goal?
  17. How do you feel about exotic pets?
  18. How do you respond in an emergency situation?
  19. How did you become interested in veterinary medicine?
  20. What is the biggest mistake you have made? What did you learn from it?
  21. How do you maintain accurate patient records?
  22. How would you respond if asked to come in on your day off?
  23. How do you handle stress?
  24. Tell me about yourself.
  25. From your observation and/or experience, what do you think it will be like to work in a veterinary clinic?
Contributing Author
Diana D'Souza
HR Professional
Veterinary Assistant Information
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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