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Veterinary Assistant Interview Questions
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Veterinary Assistants help Veterinarians and Veterinary Technicians care for animals. Veterinary Assistants need to enjoy working with animals and owners. The job requires lifting and holding animals, some office skills, clinical procedures, record keeping and more. The work setting may be in animal hospitals, clinics, and research labs. They may also be employed in animal shelters, and in some cases, pet stores.
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Veterinary Assistant Interview Questions
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Tell me about your animal training.
 
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I have worked professionally with horses for ten years now and ice recently started volunteering at a wildlife rescue.
 
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I study Animal Care at college where we deal with animals day in and day out. Also I have 3 dogs at home and have grown up with animals around me.
 
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I have grown up taking care of animals on the farm. I also went to school for Equine Science working with horses. While I was in school I had an internship working at a Vet clinic. I was able to work with large and small animals. I also have been volunteering at the Wildlife hospital.
 
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357 hours with mixed small animals and equine. Limited experience with cattle and small ruminants.
 
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Have 16 years worth experience working in animal care environment, have gained BTEC certi.
 
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How would you handle a situation that could cause you to be late for work?
 
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The most difficult experience that I faced at the Durham Humane Society was viewing how deplorable the conditions were within the small rodent room, and having the employee in charge of that room refuse to let anyone clean in there. I discovered a bug infestation amongst the food, which helped to resolve a major infestation occurring within the shelter.
 
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Well, I definetly wouldn't like it but I think I could handle it. At least I knew I tried to help that animal as best as I could.
 
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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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The most difficult decision I have experienced was attending a home visit to put to sleep the family dog. I just focused on how hard it must be for the family and that they are relying on the vet and I to be completely calm and in control.
 
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Healthy 6 month old puppy went Bradycardic on me during a dental extraction. Turned ISO down, called doctor in, turned the patient off, and drew up emergency meds.
 
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Tell me about the different types of animals you have worked with in the past.
 
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Yes, I believe that it is a natural progression.
 
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I have been a part of multiple euthanizations and have felt emotional, but have so far kept my composure.
 
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Yes, I feel that I can put up with that because I can deal with sad/difficult situations well.
 
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I believe I will be fine with the sight of an animal dying, emotions will be present but it will not effect my job or my work.
 
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Yes, I have experienced seeing an animal die. It is a sad reality of the working in the Veterinary industry but I know that it is a part of working with sick animals and it will happen.
 
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Tell me about your favorite job. What did you like most about it?
 
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I really enjoy dentals because you can see instant results.
 
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I was most satisfied working as a para-educator in the autism unit at Cooper High School because it was truly satisfying to help those children learn important life skills, social skills and academic skills. I remember on the last day of school, the young man in which I worked with one-on-one had received the highest grade in the class on his history final. There's nothing more satisfying than helping people or animals become better at something in which they have struggled.
 
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My current position as a veterinary receptionist has been my most satisfying job so far.
 
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Probably my position at Sally's. It involved a lot learning and problem solving. Also we had a ton of instore projects that I could constantly stay busy with. To top it off we always had customers. I love meeting new people, but being a beauty supply shop we had regulars that I could get to know like friends!
 
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Any job where I helped animals directly or indirectly. I love my volunteer positions where I socialize animals and clean their cages, because I get an immediate sense of reward. I can see how I am affecting them and helping them.
 
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Tell me about some of the animals you have cared for in your life?
 
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I helped out with the cows on my parents farm since the time I was 12 until 2005. Then I cared for many animals at ... in my 4.5 years there, including hospitalized and boarding cats and dogs. I now volunteer with Animal Aide, where I go almost every sunday to clean cages, feed and water cats and kittens, and some times do some socializing of cats and kittens.
 
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That's quite a list! Over the years I've had experience with many different dog breeds, and on the farm we raised cattle and had ponies. I've also owned and cared for freshwater fish, fire belly and African dwarf frogs, Guinea pigs, rabbits, a breaded dragon, and a Goliath bird eating spider.
 
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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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Cats, dogs, parakeets, horses (horse camp and riding lessons), fish, owl monkeys.
 
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Well, I have always loved animals. And I have always grew up with ansld especially dogs.Till I still have dogs.
 
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How would you handle an aggressive animal?
 
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I have experience, I love animals, I am fluent in two different languages and I am ready to learn anything that can be learned.
 
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Because I am passionate about animals and I would love a job working with animals.
 
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I have been dedicated to the well-being of animals my whole life. Particularly in understanding their behaviors and health. I have experience with all types of animals - from horses when I worked in a barn, to dogs and cats, rodents, reptiles, and amphibians. I am comfortable handling any type of pet. Volunteering at PAWS neuter and spay clinic gave me experience working with animals in post-surgery recovery, as I had to perform duties directly for the pets such as monitoring heart rate and respiration and trimming nails. Also, I had other responsibilities that included cleaning cages, preparing surgical packs, and filling syringes. I am comfortable working with any laboratory equipment having been trained as a TA in college, and working as a peer tutor has given me the ability to communicate and teach students difficult material involving genetics, ecology and evolution.
 
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I am dedicated and hard-working. I am very passionate about the well-being of animals.
 
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Dedicated, hard working, easy to get along with, love animals.
 
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How do you feel about cleaning up after animals?
 
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Yes. I worked for 3 years as Cat Staff Supervisor at an animal shelter and I have a lot of experience cleaning kennels.
 
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When I was first hired at the local vet clinic, cleaning kennels and running the hydrobath was my main job. I have no problems with cleaning kennels, walls, ceilings, benches or anything else that needs cleaning.
 
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Yes. Part of my job right now is cleaning and sanitizing kennels after taking the dogs in to the play yards.
 
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I am. On the farm, one of my main responsibilities was to clean horse stalls, animal pens, and dog kennels. I also learned proper sanitation for animal care kennels.
 
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Yes, I have cleaned many cages for many types of animals.
 
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How do you respond to criticism?
 
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I haven't worked in a couple of years so I'm excited to be back in the workforce.
 
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I dog sit, train, I am certified in animal diet and nutrition. I want to expand my knowledge with some medical background.
 
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My veterinary job was by far my favorite, but because it was a military vet clinic they had many military personnel working there and they had preference in the job, since I was only a dependent and not active duty military.
 
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I was working in the kennels I did like it but I thought making a change would enhance me moving forward within my career.
 
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I’m not really switching to a VA as I’m already a qualified VN, however I’m switching from my last job as I am ready for a change and ready to expand my knowledge and skills.
 
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What's the most difficult situation you have dealt with in your work experience?
 
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My diploma and going to college for dog training.
 
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I am very proud of having qualified as a veterinary nurse, and I’m also very proud of my achievements with my music.
 
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Becoming an administrator at the age of 20 at a call center.
 
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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.
 
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Getting my GED, becoming a CNA and going back to school and finishing it.
 
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