Top 25 Veterinary Assistant Interview Questions
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Veterinary Assistant
March 1st, 2014

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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I have volunteered over 300 hours at a small, privately owned clinic where the doctor also specialized in exotic animals such as monkeys, snakes, lizards and guinea pigs. I have received my veterinary assistant certification through Animal Behavior College. This certification included a 90 hours externship where I received hands-on training in a working animal hospital with and without supervision.
 
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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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Think of a day when you had many things to do. How did you schedule your time?
 
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Multitasking I'm great at.
 
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Not a problem at all, the busier I am the better I tend to do.
 
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Yes. I am used to working in a fast paced environment. In my current job, we have over 70 dogs that need to be let out in to the play yards, have their kennels cleaned and be fed, all while being supervised in the yards in a short amount of time.
 
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In my last job, I was the head nurse, so in that position I was often required to complete a lot of administrative duties, as well as customer service, surgical nursing and general care to the animals in our hospital kennel areas. I believe I will be able to do this.
 
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Yes. I can perform multiple tasks at the same time. However, the animals of course will still be my first priority.
 
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What appeals to you most about working as a veterinary assistant?
 
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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'm fine seen it many times in my lifetime.
 
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I am fine with blood. It does not bother me at all.
 
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Absolutely not, I have a tough stomach.
 
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I deal well with blood and have observed surgeries and have done blood pulls before and have never had a problem with it.
 
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Tell me about your experience working in a clinic or a hospital environment?
 
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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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What is there to say. I have owned and cared for all the animals I stated before and I can say all are different and fasinating. Many of these animals I have not had in many years but I suprise myself in the fact that I know quite a fair bit in the care and upbringing of these animals. I have been bitten by snakes and lizards, scratched and bitten by lions and tigers. I have been the first one in my family to notice anything wrong with our pets and send them to the vets asap. I have helped my brother behind the scenes of various zoos and helped care for coockatoos and joeys.
 
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I train them provide care for them I enjoy their company.
 
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I have had a lot of pets and I enjoyed them all. I taught my dog several tricks.
 
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I have handling and restrain techniques knowing their change of their behaviour.
 
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How do you feel about being asked to perform tasks outside of your job description?
 
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Money is always nice but it is not everything.
 
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In a way yes. I have uni fees to pay off and such but in my heart not so much. I just want to do it for the animals and for my own sanctification.
 
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Gaining more experience in the veterinary field in more important to me right now than money.
 
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It is important to me, as you need it to live, but it is not as important to me as making sure the animals in my care get the best treatment and caring that I can provide.
 
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Money is not a huge factor for me. I would rather have a job I love then have a job I hate making a lot of money.
 
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Why should I hire you?
 
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I have been bitten, but never a puncture wound. I have been bitten while in VA by the cats before while learning to restrain, but I have gotten much better at it.
 
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I have been bitten a few times by feral cats, but this is just part of the job.
 
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Yes. I adopted a guinea pig once that had a biting habit. We researched how to train him out of the habit and though it took hard work and perseverance we eventually were able to hold him without him biting us.
 
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Nearly when it was in pain.
 
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In my personal time yes but not currently in a job setting. I have been scratched a few times by a cat though.
 
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What is your long term career goal?
 
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I am looking for a long term employment of about a year to grow professionally for vet school prep.
 
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For as long as you'll have me.
 
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I wish to work for this clinic for a significantly long amount of time. It is a high level position, and full time, which is perfectly suitable to my goals and needs.
 
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As long as possible. I hope to work for a clinic for quite some time or how ever long youll have me.
 
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I would love to work for this clinic as long as I can. I would love to work my way up to a Veterinary Technician.
 
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How do you feel about exotic pets?
 
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I am comfortable with all animals as long as someone directs me where to safely hold animals I have little experience with.
 
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Yes most deffenitly.
 
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Absolutely. I may need some tips but I am always more than happy to help.
 
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I would be so happy if someone came in with an exotic bird because birds are one of my most favourite exotic pets! I would also be comfortable helping you to handle other exotic species because we received education on proper handling techniques for a large number of exotic and wild animals during the Animal Care program at Durham College.
 
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Absolutely sign me up first haha. That would be an honor honestly.
 
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How do you respond in an emergency situation?
 
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Although it is hard to see an animal in pain I know they are in the best place now and it will push me to do everything in my ability to make this animal feel more comfortable whether it be giving it fresh food and bedding or just giving it attention.
 
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I will have empathy for the animal but believe that I can compose myself in a professional manner to help assist in any way I can.
 
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Sure will as long as I know im doing my best to save that animals life.
 
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I will do the best to my ability yes. I sure I can.
 
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Yes, I have had to see animals in pain several times in my life and I understand that sometimes the best we can do will not always immediately relieve the animal out of its pain, and it may even cause it more pain temporarily. I believe that the veterinarian will know what is best for the animal so following their orders will make me feel better about seeing the animal in pain, because I know I will be helping it the best I can.
 
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How did you become interested in veterinary medicine?
 
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I would find it enjoyable to assist the vet techs and other staff with unique equipment that I have never had the exposure to use/assist with previously. I would find it interesting to help animals during rehabilitation as well.
 
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I want to be able to challenge myself in anyway I can to gain more experience and knowledge to help me improve in this career.
 
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The challenges I am most looking forward to is to utilize the skills I have garnered during my experiences.
 
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Learning the medical side of the animal kingdom.
 
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To help as many animals as I possibly can.
 
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What is the biggest mistake you have made? What did you learn from it?
 
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Seeing the sick animals get better and seeing how thankful the owners are.
 
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Seeing them leave the hospital after a long stay with us after a full recovery, I love seeing how happy the animal is and how relieved and thankful the owner is.
 
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To see them happy healthy and the unconditional love they give in return.
 
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Seeing them get the proper care that they deserve and giving clients peace of mind knowing that there are people who would dedicate their time to making sure that the animals get that proper care and love as well.
 
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How happy a little creature can be no matter what situation it may be in. They are clearly incredible.
 
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How do you maintain accurate patient records?
 
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I have been laid off from a job due to budget costs but I have never been asked to leave due to my work performance.
 
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No, I have never been requested to leave a job or volunteer position.
 
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No, I have never been asked to leave. I left my previous position on my own terms in the hopes to better my nursing skills and knowledge.
 
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No, the only reason I have left a position is because of college or moving.
 
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No.
 
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How would you respond if asked to come in on your day off?
 
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I am a dedicated hard working person who cares about my job very much.
 
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I am very hard working and I learn very fast. If I make a mistake I am quick to own up to it and fix it.
 
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Being organized and doing everything to the best of my ability to make people happy.
 
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I would say that I can be a perfectionist at times which helps motivate me to get the job done properly. I do need to work on becoming more confident within myself and we'll as when communicating to other people, but I'm hoping to gain more experience and techniques when working in a job setting.
 
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Hard working, Sympathetic, Joyful, Happy, Determined.
 
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How do you handle stress?
 
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I have had a couple terrifying experiences on the farm that have had to be dealt with, but we got through them.
 
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I have had multiple terrifying situations. Experiences between getting trampled by horses and trying to rescue very stressed dogs. I have learned the best strategy is to keep calm. If you do not, the animal can sense it and will excite even more.
 
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No I haven't aside from being bitten.
 
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Witnessing a man unexpectedly murdering kittens outside of my house was quite horrific. Once I dropped my hamster when I was younger and it died a few days later. It was a terrible experience, as I loved him soooo much.
 
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I cannot handle spiders for the life of me ironically but other than that no not really. When I was in africa I was cautions and read the body langues of the cats a lot to I only got minor injures but really nothing severe.
 
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Tell me about yourself.
 
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From your observation and/or experience, what do you think it will be like to work in a veterinary clinic?
 
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