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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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"Overall my boss was very pleased with my performance. My last job was working retail, staying late and working early morning and late night shifts. I kept a positive attitude in stressful situations and worked well with my team. I learned a lot about how to give a customer the best experience, and I think my boss would say that's where I showed the most improvement."
"Overall my boss was very pleased with my performance. My last job was working retail, staying late and working early morning and late night shifts. I kept a positive attitude in stressful situations and worked well with my team. I learned a lot about how to give a customer the best experience, and I think my boss would say that's where I showed the most improvement." The more specific you can get, the better! Take some time to reflect on your most recent role, mistakes you made and how you learned from them. Showing improvement in your performance reveals how teachable you are and that you can grow and adapt to new work environments. If you weren't consistent in your work, explain why. Your future employer will want someone who is reliable not just in showing up to work on time, but also in the way they treat customers and complete jobs.
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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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Question 4 of 25
How would you handle a situation that could cause you to be late for work?
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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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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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Question 1 of 25
How would your employer describe your past work?
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1.
Snowboarding, reading.... Cleaning my house.. Seeing old friends...
2.
I like to take my dog for walks, read, and clean.
3.
Playing outside with my dogs cats chickens cows horses pigs and goats.
4.
Playing outside with my animals.
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I like to work outside with my animals. Or spend time with family and friends. I like to read, and write.
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I enjoy horse back riding and taking my dog to the beach.
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Reading, hanging out with friends, working out, and being outdoors.
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I like to take my dog to the beach, hike, agility training, or just for a ride. I like to cook and have my friends over for dinner. I like crossword puzzles and word games. I like to talk about my friends' pets and animal behaviors. And I enjoy learning more tricks of the trade and continuing education courses.
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I love spending time with my family and going camping.
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Reading and playing with my dogs.
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I like to take my puppy on long walks, or to the dog park with my husband. I like to cuddle with my cats. I enjoying reading, and learning as much as possible, and I enjoy discussions about important worldly topics.
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I enjoy riding horse with my friends and family and being outdoors.
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I enjoy spending time cleaning and organizing, as well as spending time outside with my family.
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I enjoy spending time with my dog, taking her for long walks through fields, I enjoy going to the animal centre that I volunteer for and being able to spend time with different breeds of dogs and having responability for them. I also like to bake in my spare time, I find it very relaxing and also I think its one of the best ways to give.
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Volunteering, playing with my dog and being with family/friends.
Question 2 of 25
Tell me about the different types of animals you have worked with in the past.
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1.
I have been a wittness to quite a few animals passing on during job shaddows and practicum. The first time for me was the hardest becasue I had no idea what to expect but with experience I have found it best to keep your self busy be sad for a moment and carry on with your day, as its one of the very few downfalls of this career.
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That I havent come across yet but im sure after training and seeing it a few times I will get used to it.
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Death is part of the life cycle. I once held a neighborhood dog in my arms as she died after being hit by a car. It was a little sad even though she didn't belong to anyone--she was ugly and mangey, but very sweet, and we fed her and let her sleep on our porch. But I held her until she died, then I got a large plastic bag, set her body at the curb by our house, and waited for animal control to take her.
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While on my externship I experienced a few animals passing away, it was tough once I got home but while I was working it contained my emotions very well.
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Emotionally, death always takes a toll but I am confident that I can maintain a clear mind with death present.
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Yes, I have had animals of my own die before.
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Yes, had to get my dog put to sleep last year it is sad though.
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I understand that this could happen and yes I will be able to handle it.
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Yes I will be able to deal with the sight of an animal dying.
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Its going to be hard obviously. No one likes watching innocent animals die, but you cant help them all.
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Although it would be sad, I understand that it unfortunately comes along with the territory of this career. It is important to be supportive and compassionate when interacting with the animal's family, but also to move on when it is appropriate to help other animals in need.
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Yes, as sad as it is it is our responsibility as pet owners to be the voice of our companions. We have a responsibility to ease our companion with end of life care, it is similar as hospice patient we give them pain medication, anxiety medication to make there last moments as comfortable as possible. We as pet owners have to be the voice for our companion. Either situation is emotional but necessary.
13.
Yes, two of my previous pets died in my arms. It is painful, but I was there for them till their last breath.
14.
At my previous job, which was in an animal research facility, I had to deal with the death of animals fairly often. The first euthanasia I experienced was really hard for me, and I didn't think that I would be able to do it again. However, over the course of the job, I saw several animals die in surgeries, and also assisted in several perfusions (animal sacrifices). I think that I will always find this difficult, but I will be able to deal with it.
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Yes, I have witnessed many euthanasias at the animal shelter.
Question 3 of 25
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.
Question 4 of 25
How would you handle a situation that could cause you to be late for work?
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My most difficult ecperience would have to be whenever I have to put an animal down. Not only do I have to do that to the animal and watch it die, but I also have to see the owner's feelings. I deal with it by know that it is just a part of life and I know that the animal is in a better place.
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Well, seeing an owner cry when her dog had cancer and it had to be put to sleep. That was difficult, and sometimes dealing with the bigger dogs but usually they have better able assistants to take care of the matter.
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Having an owner have to euthanize a puppy due to not having funds for surgery.
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The hardest and probably the most common are euthanasias in my opinion. Once we had a three legged cat come in that was sick but hanging in there. The vets decided that the kitten should be put down. Although I had no say in the matter, it is hard to accept a numerical price on a life. It is one of the things I understand but still struggle with today.
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I've had to deal with some difficult aggressive dogs. I overcame this with practice bathing and walking them.
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I saw a cat that was dying. I dealt with it by following instructions, doing my job and helping out with the animal anyway I could.
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I was faced with the decision to keep my horse alive and in pain by permanent lameness or to put her down and out of her misery. I ended up putting her down because I knew that that was best for her.
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When I was doing my community hours they had an emergency a dog was dying so they asked me for help to bring some towels and water, it was difficult for me because I had never been facing a situation like that and for a moment I thought I would freak out but fortunately I didn't.
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One of the most difficult situations is always euthanasia. Even though you know the animal was sick and this was the best option it is never easy.
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Probably when you mess up on something.
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A aggressive cat got loose and I was quick in grabbing a towel and trapping him.
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Having to sit with a young girl who wanted a puppy once she was cancer free and her puppy had parvo and had to be euthanize due to all the money the family spent to keep this little girl alive.
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A dog fight. It was very fast, not pretty, but was handled so nobody got hurt.
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The most difficult situation I have had to deal with is having to put an animal down that still has a chance but theree is no money to treat the problem.
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The most difficult situation I was in was my first week as an extern at the veterinary hospital and I was watching a dental. The dogs pre-anesthetic blood work was completely normal. A few minutes into the dental the dogs heart rate dropped to 0. Although I was really nervous I stayed calm and I drew up emergency drugs for the experienced technician I was shadowing. I also administered LRS to the dog while the dvm gave CPR. I believe I handled I well because I didnt freak out and crack under the stress.
Question 5 of 25
Tell me about your favorite job. What did you like most about it?
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Being around all the animals.
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I had a job at my local Petsmart. It really opened up my eyes to different types of animals and made me even more sure of my career choice.
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Pets West, even though it has been a short career thus far. Working with animals and animal owners has been incredibly life-changing.
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Helping animals and being outdoors.
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I think my most satisfying job to date has been running my own pet sitting business. It's allowed me to gain experience with many different animals, but in other areas to such as marketing and promotion.
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I think I've been most satisfied in my work as a volunteer for a wildlife rehab hospital. I have loved having the opportunity to work with such a wide variety of animals, and really enjoy the medical setting. I learn so much every shift, and get to work with knowledgeable professionals and like-minded volunteers. Even on days where I have minimal contact with animals, it's a great environment and always keeps me excited about my career.
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What vacation time do works in vet assistant generally receive.
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Helping keep the animals healthy and happy..
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Working in the vet clinic. I loved being to learn something new almost every day and seeing the regular clients and their furry children. I was confident with my job and with working with my assigned team. We were always prepared and got our responsibilities done in a set rhythm and it was always such a great feeling.
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Well, I haven't worked in places that go towards my interview. If you want to consider working at URS as something that could possibly go towards my career. I mean, I did take care of people who depended on other's for help, I administered medication and fed and toileted clients.
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I really enjoy dentals because you can see instant results.
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My previous job really was just a simple demo job, but I found that I loved the daily interaction with the members (Costco's customers). You got to know people you otherwise would never meet. I also loved being able to help someone find something they needed, instead of leaving them to walk the store aimlessly.
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I enjoy all of them, I like lab, and treatment, but love large animals.
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I think interning here, or my volunteer work at various shelters gave me the most satisfaction. I don't mind dirty jobs, because I know it's helping out a lot of animals, and that is what makes me happy and contented.
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My volunteer work at a local animal hospital.
Question 6 of 25
Tell me about some of the animals you have cared for in your life?
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I have raised hogs my whole life. I also have worked to cattle I am currently the serving as the 2011-2012 Beef Princess in my county. I have also worked with cats, dogs, and ferrets at the vet clinic I worked at throughout high school.
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I helped raise an abandon kitten to adulthood, and currently am helping a friend of mine train her service dog.
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Every dog I have had has been raised from a puppy and I actually had one of my dogs get pregnant she gave birth to 11 puppies I assisted her in the delivery and helped her for 7 weeks weened them and sold them. Kept 1. I teach them the basic commands..
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I have owned/cared for 2 female Main Coons. Brown Classic Tabbies. One lived until 22 and then died of kidney failure. My current cat, Prissy, is 11 and still lively and active. I feed her dry non-soy food and water and change her box. She is pretty playful at times. Other times, she just wants to be left alone.
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Our family had dogs, snakes, fish, ferrets, mice, gerbils, hamsters, guinea pigs, ducks, turtles and so on so we experienced the caretaking needs and wants of a large variety of animals. These animals brought us joy and entertained us, taught us about their physical make-up and needs and taught us to value, appreciate and wonder about nature. Later in life I was involved with wild animals-mostly birds, bats, small mammals like squirrels and some larger animals like possums and raccoons. What I have noticed about any animals is that whether they are in pain or immobilized or lost or suffering in any way, it seems as if they understand that we are there to help them.
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I have cared for many rescued animals, ranging from stray cats and dogs to orphaned squirrels, jack rabbits and birds. I have raised horses, goats, and hope to be apart of rescuing wildlife someday.
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I have raised dogs mostly. I used to help my mom train guide dogs for the blind. Then mom decided to open a business up to help keep kids off drugs and I got to assist and go to schools with her and teach them and do obedience demos. So then I loved doing that and being around animals so I decided after I graduate high school I want to go to a dog training school and I did I became certified and now I want to pursue in the veterinary fiield.
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I have 2 dogs. One my husband bought for me over a year ago and the other we recently adopted a month ago. Needless to say they are my babies and very very sweet boys.
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I have raised cats, dogs, rats and all kinds of farm animals. I feel that once you get an animal you get it for life so I have been with them from the good times to the bad time in witch they die.
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I have had cats for years and small animals like rabbits but recently I have gotten more exotic pets such as sugar gliders lizards and tranturals I have also started being a foster mom for a neurological kitten and a bottle feeder.
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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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I grew up on a dairy farm, and started helping out at the age of 12. I milked the cows and also gave needles to sick cows. I cared for many cats and dogs in my time at my last job. I would come in after hours if we had one of our regular diabetic dogs boarding, to take him out to the bathroom. I also saw to the feeding of all hospitalized and boarding animals in our care. I have also volunteered with Animal Aide for the past 2 years.
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Just dogs, birds, cats, lizards, hampsters and gerbils.
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Dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, chickens, horses,
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I have a few different animals. I've had dogs and cats almost always. My father was a canine officer so even caring for aggressive dogs. I've had a bird and a chinchilla, guinea pigs, a rabbit, and quite a few rats before. And obviously raised a few birds.
Question 7 of 25
How would you handle an aggressive animal?
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With the experience ive had a would require less training than other applicants.
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I believe I am the best person for the position because I have great customer service service skills and I am a animal person..
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I am the best candidate because I have real-world experience, an education in veterinary technology, animal handling and restraining experience, excellent customer service skills, an aptitude for the medical field, I understand the flow of the hospital, and I am calm during a crisis.
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The passion and drive for caring for animals, and I feel this is what my purpose in life is to be, and want to pursue this career.
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Because I love and care for animals more than any one.
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Because I am highly compassionate for animals and I will go above and beyond to make sure they are safe and taken care of while in our care.
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Because of my love of animals, I have a personal interest in this work that motivates me to do all I can to provide the best care and service possible. This means my goals are aligned with the goals of the organization as a whole, and I will do all I can to help see these goals met. I take my work seriously and am committed to learning new things and improving my performance every day, and I feel I would genuinely be a great asset to your team.
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I know I have the skills and dedication to do the job best.
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I am the best person for this position, as I have experience as a vet assistant and as a receptionist so I can be used wherever you might need me.
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I am the best person for this position as I have almost 7 years of experience in the small animal care field. 4.5 of those that were strictly veterinary assistant. I could also help out with reception as needed as that has been my job for the past year. I can help out wherever needed.
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Because I would work hard everyday.
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Because im very passionate for animals.
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I'm what you're looking for. I have experience working in a clinic. I enjoy working with a team. I can learn your center's style quickly, making training go faster. And I want a long term, permanent job. I myself have been looking for a clinic such as this.
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I feel as if I am the best person for this position because I truly love animals and care about their well being.
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I am the best person for this position as I have passion to help and care for sick and injured animals, no matter how big or small.
Question 8 of 25
What's the most difficult situation you have dealt with in your work experience?
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Going to school and gaining the exp.
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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.
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I am most proud of graduating from nursing school and receiving my degree.
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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.
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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.
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Overcoming a rough childhood and learning from it instead of throwing myself a pity party.
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My diploma and going to college for dog training.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Organizing 56 people to be with my grandmother during her final days, scheduling transportation, lodging, food, ect was no easy task.
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I iprooted and moved to a different country. I followed my dream and finished school.
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Going to school, and learning more about animals, and how I can help animals when they are hurt or sick.
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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Yes, Caring for the animals is the number one priority. And doing what I have been asked to do and completing it well is important to me.
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Yes. I am sure I will get used to doing this.
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Yes, multiple jobs at once can be very stressful but I will be able to organize them well and manage my time to get the job done.
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Yes I should be able to.
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I am very good at multitasking and enjoy having multiple things to do at once.
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I will definitely prioritize accordingly and give my best effort to accomplish all tasks set before me. However, I will not be afraid to ask for help if I know that the care of an animal might be compromised.
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Absolutely, I strive to achieve all extra tasks given to me as well as completing my daily duties on time.
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Yes. I am good at multitasking.
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Yes. I excel at working under pressure and still maintaining full attention on what needs to be done.
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Yes, but I will put lesser tasks aside to make sure that the animal or animals I am caring for is/are safe, comfortable and secure if needed. I have found that often times tasks at a business tend to all be tied together and there is a logical seqence in which one should accomplish these tasks. If the time seemed too short to get all these tasks done in the alloted time and care for the animals, I would ask for help from others. If that wasn't available I would inform a supervisor and get help prioritizing.
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Yes, I am able to multi task very well.
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Yes, I am very good at multitasking.
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Yes I will able to do it.
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Yes. I will prioritize my tasks and then follow through with them to the best of my ability.
Question 10 of 25
What appeals to you most about working as a veterinary assistant?
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I deal with blood in a calm manner. I deal with it by knowing it is not going to hurt me in any way as long as I handle it right. I will not faint at the sight of blood because I have the responsibility of my job to maintain.
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I will be fine no way.
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I think blood is really cool. I would never faint at the sight of blood.
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I can deal very well with blood, I have had no problems so far. I will not faint.
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I am not well with blood but I am willing to get use to it and work around it if needed.
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It doesn't bother me, I observed surgeries, and it didn't bother me.
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No I actually enjoy venipuncture.
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I deal with blood very well. It is just apart of the job.
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No. There was a moment early on in my shadowing days where I did feel nauseous during a large dog spay, but I quickly realized that it was just from the need to burp! I deal quite well with blood.
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Not in the least. I am calm in stressful situations, and not easily disturbed by gore.
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I've dealt with blood on patients before and it helps to think of it as red juice coming out of a fruit. I don't feint at the sight of it.
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No, I am okay with bthe sight of blood.
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I have no problem dealing with the sight of blood or any other body fluids.
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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 do fine with blood, I wouldnt faint. But i'd definatly have to get use to it.
Question 11 of 25
How do you feel about cleaning up after animals?
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I am very comfortable with cleaning kennels, because I know if I were an animal having to sleep in one, I would want it clean as well. Therefore, I would not mind cleaning out a kennel at all.
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Yes. I cleaned out kennels regularly at college.
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I wanted to be a nurse once.
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I am very comfortable cleaning kennels, I've been doing it my whole life.
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Yes, I would be comfortable cleaning kennels if allowed to wear gloves.
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Yes, when I was first hired that was one of my main jobs was to scrub kennels and give baths.
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Yes, they might smell but the reward knowing that an animal has a clean, warm, comfortable place to stay helps me to overcome the downside of the cleaning.
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Yes, I am comfortable cleaning kennels.
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Ive had to clean up after my own dogs so yes I have no problem cleaning animal kennels.
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Yes I am very Comfortable with cleaning kennels because I know I wouldn't want to be put in a dirty, smelly bed.
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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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Yes, I currently work as a kennel worker and volunteer at an animal shelter where I clean kennel.
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Yes. Almost every Sunday I go to animal aide and clean cages there. I also clean cages at my current job if I see one that is dirty and I have the time.
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Yes. I volunteer at Animal Aide almost ever Sunday, and clean multiple cages when I am there.
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Yes. I believe every good professional has to start off doing the dirty work.
Question 12 of 25
How do you respond to criticism?
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1.
I worked at a hospital as a evs assistant and i'm switching becomes im more interested with working around and with animals.
2.
I am currently dipping ice cream at a local dairy, while I am in high school, and plan to go to college to pursue my long time passion of caring for animals to become a vetinary technician.
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My last jobs were never a career to me. I did not have the passion nor the drive to do the things I was doing before. I have a passion and a drive to work with animals and enjoy very moment when I am helping an animal.
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I have been at my last job for almost 12 years. My decison to leave was made because I wanted to be closer to home. I have two children one of who will be starting school and I would like to be closer to home. We as a family made a finacial decision due to the cost of day care and gas prices in the hopes that I can find a position that can bring me closer to home.
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I want to work with animals and a team and be able to grow and continue to learn. As a vet assistant I would be able to do different tasks each day from cleaning to doing office work and handling animals.
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I want to work with animals and a team and be able to grow and continue to learn. As a vet assistant I would be able to do different tasks each day from cleaning to doing office work and handling animals.
7.
Most of my past jobs were basically just ways to earn a paycheck. I desired to switch to a career that I thought would have meaning to me, so I went ahead and signed up for the course and found that I not only enjoyed it but excelled in it.
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My last jobs mostly helped keep me busy and earn a paycheck. I have always had a want to help animals, ever since I was a little girl. This job will not only do that but it will help me learn more and achieve some of my goals I have set for the future.
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I enjoy doing reception, but I know I would love having more hands on with the animals.
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My last job I hated because I didnt have a love for it. I am making a switch because ive always loved animals.
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My last jobs were never careers. Let alone ones that I was passionate about. This job would allow me to do something I've always wanted to do and teach me new skills to help and care for animals.
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I was in a cleaning business, but knew that is not what I want to do for the rest of my life, even though it was a good money. I wanted to work with animals.
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Like the medicine aspect.
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I currently work in the kennels at SHS and am making the switch to be more directly involved in the care of animals of all types. I also am looking forward to gaining experience in the veterinary field.
15.
I was a barmaid, chambermaid, waitress and I would like to focus on my dream so I am here.
Question 13 of 25
Tell me about your experience working in a clinic or a hospital environment?
User-Submitted Answers
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As an adolescent, I worked with Table Mountain Animal shelter, and more recently with HoBo Care Boxer rescue.
2.
Yes I have too much work experience to work in large and small animals.
3.
I worked in a pet store for 8 months until it closed. I handled rodents, birds, dogs, cats, and fish. I have basic knowledge on these animals. I lso currently own a snake, bird, and fish. However, I have also owened rabbits, cats, and many other animals.
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I have lived on a farm for 17 years and I have taken veterinary courses at the pierce county skill center.
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Grew up with animals most of my life, have helped with birthing of kittens, and death of my dog. I clean cages, and litter boxes, and helped care for my cat who died of FIP.
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I have always had animals in my life as pets as well as this I have volunteered at the Spca for many years and have been at GI clinic for more than 1 year.
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All my life since I was a baby I have been living with animals and during four years in high school I had the opportunity to work with different kind of animals in my academy and when I did my community hours in the animal hospital I interact with a lot of dogs.
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When I was 19, there was this family up the road who were moving. Their cat just had a litter of kittens about two weeks before. They absolutely had to get rid of the kittens. The mom was hit by a car and they had no choice but to get rid of them. I had fed this cat until she was old enough to eat on her own and I still have the cat today.
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I have had many animals throughout my life.
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I have always had a zoo.
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I've always loved animals. I've had cats, dogs, and horses while growing up. I've raised baby colts, and helped deliver puppies, and kittens.
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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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I have always been around animals my whole life. I have had young puppies and kittens to take care of.
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I have always owned animals. I am not afraid of animals. I also volunteer with paws.
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I graduated from Baker college his year and during this process we had clinical rotations for 10 weeks where I had extensive training with small animals in a surgical aspect. I also had 10 weeks as an extern at Rogue Valley Veterinary Hospital where I worked all aspects of the hospital. I also have experience with cows and horses through a few labs at Baker.
Question 14 of 25
How do you feel about being asked to perform tasks outside of your job description?
User-Submitted Answers
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I am used to being paid minimum wage, and understand that a job in animal care is not highly paid.
2.
Well, yes. It's needed for every day survival but it is definitely not my first priority.
3.
No, as long as I love my job then money is not important to me.
4.
It is for food water and shelter.
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No. What is important to me is helping animal feel better and having the joy in saving an animals life. I loved animals ever since I was a child and going to work every day knowing that I will help an innocent life makes me joyous.
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Yes but I wanna love my job.
7.
It's important because I need to support my family and it's definetely as important as taking care of these animals who needs our help.
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It's important because I need to support my family and it's definetely as important as taking care of these animals who needs our help.
9.
Not as important as the experience and learning possibilities that are associated with this job. I'm more interested in this job building the foundation for my future educational goals.
10.
Well, unfortantley money is always in the picture, however sometimes the job can offer more than just a paycheck.
11.
Obviously not. For the amount of effort and schooling required to advance in Veterinary Medicine, the reward comes in the work not monetary value.
12.
Yes, money is important for bill paying. But it has nothing to do with how passionate I am for the animals I will be helping.
13.
Somewhat, but it is not my main focus. I want to be comfortable financially but loving my job is paramount.
14.
Yes, as it's needed for day to day survival; it's called survival of the fittest for a reason. However, there are much more important things in life.
15.
Money is usually not important to me, expect when it is necessary to provide daily living for myself.
Question 15 of 25
Why should I hire you?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
No, one dog tried to snap at a doctor once but thanks to my good restraint he didn't get bit. You have to have confidence with animals, they can sense fear and when they do they will walk all over you.
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Yes I have. Getting bit comes with the territory. Although I have excellent restraining skills, I am always prepared for it to happen at any given time. One must anticipate getting bit by what seems to be a perfectly well behaved animal at any given time.
3.
Yes, a couple of times.
4.
I worked a a vet clinic throughout my high school career I have been bit once and the animal had to be put down.
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Yes. I have been bitten by a cat and a small dog.
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I did, many many times. None of them have rabies but I never mind.
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Yes I have ... A 20 lb cat whom we were trying to restrain.
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Yes. A few times. I do have some battle wounds.
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Yes I was feeding a stray cat and he bit me.
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Yes. I once got bit by a dog who we were trying to take outside for a pee, she had minimal use of her hind end, so we had to put a towel under her to left her. I had her front end, and was holding the leash, and the pain of lifting her must have been unbearable, as she turned and bit me.
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Never anything extreme. When I was little I got a little nip from my grandma's dog. But nothing serious. I am sure it was my own fault.
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Yes, and I know that it may happen working daily with animals that are nervous and in a new environment.
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Yes on the back of my leg.
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Yes, many cat bites and my cockatiel lol.
15.
By cats on occasion, while volunteering at the SPCA
Question 16 of 25
What is your long term career goal?
User-Submitted Answers
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As long as you all allow me to. I have an interview with SMU School of Medicine next Wednesday. If I get in, I will be attending medical school next year, but I still plan on working at least part time while attending school.
2.
I would love to work for many years.
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About 6-7 months or longer if I am accepted into the University I have applied for.
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I'm plan on working here for a long time, it's something I really wanna do and hope to move up in.
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I'm plan on working here for a long time, it's something I really wanna do and hope to move up in.
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I'm plan on working here for a long time, it's something I really wanna do and hope to move up in.
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As long as possible.
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I hope that I can work at this clinic as long as possible. I have always loved working with animals and communicating with people so I feel that I would be a good long term fit for this clinic.
9.
Long term, my goal is to be a vetrinarian assistant, a vet myself, a manager or owner of a pet store, or work with the zoo.
10.
How ever long you require me to.
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I want to work in this clinic for atleast 4 years or more in order to develop my experience with the animal industry.
12.
As many people in this field can say, once you are there you stay there. So if hired, you can expect me to be around for a long time.
13.
At the very least, three years.
14.
My plan and goal is to work here for several years. I view this opportunity as a career in which I will be continually challegened.
15.
As long as you allow me to stay.
Question 17 of 25
How do you feel about exotic pets?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
I'm comfortable around all animals, none of them bother me i'm a very big animal lover.
2.
Yes I am. I personally own an exotic animal, a snake.
3.
Yes I am completely comfortable with working with exotic animals I have been raised around them between my grandmas house and my parents.
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Yes. I am always up for trying new things and I am not afraid of any animal.
5.
I have mostly worked with cats and dogs (and a rabbit once!). I like reptiles and rodents, too. I was once nibbed at by my friend's bird, so I haven't dealt with very many birds. But if a client brings in a bird, I would be interested in assisting during the examination because I can learn from the experience: how to handle birds, observe their behaviors, anatomy, health, etc.
6.
Yes, I have much experience with handling exotic animals and love getting the chance to interact with them.
7.
I have mostly worked with cats and dogs. However my granddad had a bird named inky for 12 years and I handled him quite a few times, so I think I will be fine with that.
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Yes most deffenitly.
9.
Of course. I may not be comfortable with every animal, but I'm comfortable being uncomfortable.
10.
Yes, it would interest me more because id learn something different.
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I would welcome it! I have little bird experience, so I would find it extremely interesting to learn something new that could better my experience so I could help more birds in the future.
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Yes, I do not control what pets people choose and all are equally in need of care.
13.
Absolutely. I have had some experience with birds but they were mostly wild, so tame birds should be no issue for me.
14.
I would be comfortable with anything that walked or was carried in the door. I am a fast learner, quick on my feet and able to deal with new situations in a calm and professional manner.
15.
Of course. All animals deserve respect and compassion. We are all apart of this earth, and should be treated equally.
Question 18 of 25
How do you respond in an emergency situation?
User-Submitted Answers
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I would be perfectly fine with my compusure during an animals pain because I want to comfort them and help them get better, which is another part of my responsibility to my duties of this job.
2.
I will certainly be able to do so, and if it is required of me to comfort or assist the animal during such a time, then I'd be better able to alleviate some of the pain while holding a strong composure.
3.
I have had to deal with a lot of animals that are suffering.
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Yes I love animals and want to help them even if it means they can't be saved I want to comfort and be there to assist.
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Yes, seeing an animal in pain may be hard to accept at first, but knowing that I am there to do anything I can to ease its pain will make the process a lot easier for me to handle.
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Yes, Definately. I was able to in my previous job with an animal who had a tumor on the outside of his body, as well as some other issues.
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Yes because I know I will be helping them.
8.
Many dogs, cats, rabbits, gerbils, ducks, chickens, fish, hamsters.
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I would be just fine because I know that I am there to help ease the pain and that is the whole reason I enjiy doing this job.
10.
Yes, I have been in those situations before and I understand keeping calm is more beneficial for the animal.
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Yes, as much as I hate seeing animals in pain.
12.
Yes they are in with the vet who has been to schooling and will do everything in there power to ease the pain.
13.
Yes I think it will take a few times but im sure you can put some emotions aside.
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It may take a little getting used to but yes I will be okay.
15.
Yes. As I stated before, I witnessed my own dog go through a horrible time; which included pain and seizures. I was able to keep myself calm on the outside, even though on the inside I felt my heart melt.
Question 19 of 25
How did you become interested in veterinary medicine?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
Continuing to learn more about the profession with the possibility of advancing through school and hands on experience.
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I am looking forward to entering the veterinary field again, and expanding my knowledge and experience from what I have learned thus far. I am especially looking forward to more experience in assisting surgery, as well as refining my skills in blood draws.
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I am looking to learn alot more about all the different types of animals in the surgery.
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I'm looking for an excellent learning opportunity to broaden my knowledge of Veterinary Medicine and that involves learning methods of suturing ( if that is allowed), mastering the art of taking blood, observing the different anatomical structures of animals so that I can be better familiar and knowing what methods are used in treating each specie. I also want to have more hands on experience in animal restraint and preparation for surgery.
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To learn more from not only the vet but the techs as well so I can be prepared for tech school in the future if I decide thats what I want.
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I am looking for the challenge to be able to grow. I know that I will be starting from the bottom and I look forward to climbing that ladder.
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I am looking for a chance to grow into a management/leadership type position. I am leaving a job where I had several employees under me all of whom I had trained. I know that I will have to start over again and I am looking forward to the challenge of trying to climb that ladder again.
8.
Not taking home the puppies.
9.
To be forced to learn new things.
10.
I look forward to the mental challenges of this position, that will help me further my experience and education of this field.
11.
I am hoping to become better at the skills that are necessary to be a vet tech. I would like to perfect my blood taking ability and restraint, along with gain a better understanding of why I am performing these tasks as opposed to just doing them without reason. I hope to learn more about medical conditions and the methods taken to fix the situation most efficiently. I want to be able to understand the need for procedures not just how to do them.
12.
I'm hoping to get more hands on experience. I want the challenge of being called upon in an emergency and proving myself too.
13.
I am excited to be working more closely with the animals again. I enjoy recpetion but miss the hands on work with the animals.
14.
I know that I can get chaotic at vet offices with multiple animals in the office at once. It will be loud and sad sometimes when nothing can be done for a pet but it is all worth it helping animals.
15.
I am lookig to gain more knowlegde about exotic and small animal.
Question 20 of 25
What is the biggest mistake you have made? What did you learn from it?
User-Submitted Answers
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Seeing an animal that appears to be on the verge of death taking a turn for the better and leaving the clinic much healthier than upon its arrival. And seeing the owners of that pet celebrating their beloved pet's recovery. We cannot save them all, but it is great to be a part of a group of professionals doing all we can to restore a beloved pet to optimum health.
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To see that there are good people out there treating their aniamls the way the should be and ensuring they`re taking steps to treat any disease or condition their pet may have.
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I get the most joy from helping to make an animal feel better. I enjoy seeing the look on owners faces when they hear good new about their animals.
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There is something about an animal that has always touched me. To know that they can not communicate what is wrong with them and they need your help. To see one that is in need of healing and to know that you were apart of the healing process brings a sense of accomplishment.
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Since I haven't worked with animals in a vet clinic yet, I love to watch the show animal cops and seeing how some animals on the verge of death recover and lead a happy life. I would love to be a part of that.
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The excitement on there faces, and I love animal kisses.
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The most joy I get from working with animals is the fact that fact that I'm helping out. It's part of working together with our world to improve life for everyone.
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I just love helping creatures that can always show their gratitude. It's such a rewarding feeling and can always brighten your day.
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I haven't worked in a veterinary setting yet, but I enjoy seeing the unspoken thank you that animals seem to comunicate to the assistants and veterinarian on the shows on tv.
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Giving them a voice. When something hurts or they are injured I can be the voice for them in making in better.
11.
The rewarding feeling I get when I know that I was part of the team that helped an animal, in any way.
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Seeing an animal that was sick getting better and knowing I helped them.
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Knowing I helped beautiful innocent creatures that dont have a voice and cant do for themselves.
14.
Seeing an animal come over that hump. Watching them come from being close to death to eating and drinking again is really rewarding.
15.
The most joy I get when working with animals is being able to learn and work with a team of professionals doing all that they can to make the owner comfortable while recovering their pets health.
Question 21 of 25
How do you maintain accurate patient records?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
Have you ever been asked to leave a position?
2.
No, I have never been asked to leave a position, but I have been laid off during an economic recession period when a company was struggling before it closed its doors.
3.
I have not been asked to leave a position.
4.
Have you ever been asked to leave a position?
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Only once, in my last position because my compassion for a animal that I felt a coworker was neglecting and or abusing.
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No, the only reason I have left a position is because of college or moving.
7.
I have only ever been laid off before, but never fired.
8.
I have never been asked to leave a posistion except when I was working on the contract that has come to an end.
9.
No, I have never been requested to leave a job or volunteer position.
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I was laid off due to over staffing.
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I have not. All positions were left by me.
12.
No. In all my jobs I have left voluntarily for personal reasons such as: a better job opportunity, and closer proximity.
13.
No I have not. I have however, been asked to move up.
14.
No, I have never been terminated from a job.
15.
Never, but then I've only had one job. After I graduated high school at worked at a daycare for 4 years.
Question 22 of 25
How would you respond if asked to come in on your day off?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
I prefer to follow orders and do as I'm told, I like to keep things organized and neat too.. Animals deserve to be treated as human beings, they are very smart creatures. I think they deserve as much respect as you.
2.
I like to be kept on my toes, im happiest working to a time limit.
3.
Pretty forward, I pay attention to detail, hard working and is willing to listen and apply to corrections. I also work great with other people and is gentle with the animals yet, I know when to give a firm hand.
4.
I am very motivated and reliable. I show up to work on time and work diligently, making sure everything is completed before I leave at the end of the day. I am organized and manage my time well.
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I am more of group worker as long as everyone is pulling their own weight.
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If the job requires high pace then I work at high pace, if it requires slow pace and paying attention to detail then that is my pace, organized, and like to get the job done fully, and cooperative with others.
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I am self-directed and can work as part of a team. I am organized and like to keep a tidy work area, so after a mad rush where everything gets tossed around, I like to put things back in order--that way everyone knows where to find what they need to do their job. I am punctual, articulate, a good communicator, respectful of my co-workers, I take direction well, and I expect everyone to give the same effort that I do.
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My workstyle is very fast but I make sure that I did everything right. Especially on an emergency situation, you will find this trait very helpful.
9.
I am methodical and often like to double check for accuracy. I think that a job well done, perhaps a little bit longer is better than a job half done a little faster. I also like to maintain a certain level of cleanliness and will occupy myself cleaning if nothing else needs to be done.
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I am very organized, calm under stress, and hard working. Many people put out just enough to be satisfactory in their job, but I put out 120% effort in my work. I take pride in my work and strive to impress others.
11.
Methodical, efficient, and constant.
12.
Being organized and doing everything to the best of my ability to make people happy.
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I'm a hardworking person, I'm responsible, tolerant, punctual, patient, respectful and I get along with people.
14.
Fast paste, always focused.
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It is very customer oriented. My actions revolve around making sure that they are happy with their experience above anything else. I am very organized and work to get tasks done in a timely manner all while communicating with my co-workers and being part of a team. I am reliable and highly motivated and won't quit until the job is done.
Question 23 of 25
How do you handle stress?
User-Submitted Answers
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No, I have not. However, I have had to deal with experiencing the effects of losing several favorite . Pets-the emotional attachment never get old/
2.
No, atleast not yet.
3.
I had this baby pig that I was syringe feeding and she died. So that was very terrifying for my I had to learn to deal with loosing animals at a very young age.
4.
Feeding my snake, it striked at me. I was very uneasy afterwards, but was back to holding it the same day.
5.
When a neighbors dog jumped up on our car, he wasnt a friendly dog, and not in control by the owner.
6.
When I was little I was attacked by a Rottweiler, but have recently overcome this fear due to the work I have done both in school and past jobs.
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When I was a child, I had family who had a dog who would always lunge at me and try to bite me. However, I don't have this fear and now absolutely love animals!
8.
No, at least not yet!
9.
None that were terrifying but I have been put in position where a dog has bit me and didn't wan to let go but I knew how to make him stop.
10.
No, I had never have any terrifying experience with animals.
11.
Not really, I have been bit by dogs and cats but it has never swayed me away from pursuing a career in veterinary medicine.
12.
The only thing I can think of was being bit by a wild cat while trying to tame her.
13.
Yes, one dog almost attacked me but was restrained and I was fine.
14.
Yes, while volunteering at a zoo I had to mix medication for bison that were being unruly.
15.
No, myself I have not. I don't really get terrified of animals. The closest terrifying experience was when my brother was severely bit by our dog as a young kid. And of course the terrifying feeling of losing a pet.
Question 24 of 25
Tell me about yourself.
Question 25 of 25
From your observation and/or experience, what do you think it will be like to work in a veterinary clinic?

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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