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Veterinary Technician
February 27th, 2014

A veterinary technician or veterinary technologist, (also called an animal health technician/technologist), is a person trained to assist veterinarians.
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Veterinary Technician Interview Questions
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Tell me about time you had a conflict with a team member. How did you handle it?
 
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Right now I have a T-Cup Yorkie, a Pomawa, Louisiana Catahoula Leopard Dog, Airedale terrier, two cats and a hamster. N growing up I always had digs and cats.
 
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I own two cats right now, one of which has CKD. She's on a special renal diet and I give her LRS sub-q twice a week at home. Her lab work has been WNL and stable since I've began managing it, and that was about five years ago.
 
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Tell me about a time when you provided excellent customer service.
 
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I think it's will have its good and bad days. But I also it will be rewarding know that you helped heal a animal.
 
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I know it won't be easy, but it's something I'm passionate about. It's not all puppies and kittens, and a lot of our patients come to see us because they're sick. I want to provide animals with compassionate care.
 
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How do you determine the best treatment for an animal?
 
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I chose this profession because I love working with animals. The field that most interests me is taking care of the animals by feeding them cleaning the kennels and keeping them calm for their appointments.
 
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I love animals. They've always been my passion. I considered going into zoology, but saw there wasn't much of a calling. The medical aspect of the vet field also interests me, so it just made sense to become a tech and combine two things I'm interested in and passionate about.
 
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What 3 qualities in a veterinarians do you most admire? Why do you feel these qualities are important?
 
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I would like to emulate the qualities of niceness, professional knowledge, and how well they work with the animals.
 
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Patience, Compassion, and Optimism I believe all three are important because in the hardest of situations, using those traits, can make a big difference in the outcome of the situation.
 
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How do you handle stress?
 
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Getting 10 place out of about 150 people in s FFA competing in 2014 and gerontology accepted into Delhi.
 
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Earning my tech degree, passing the VTNE my first time and attaining my license so I can pursue my passion.
 
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If a vet asked you to do something that was outside of your job description, how would you respond?
 
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My aunt and uncle had to put their dog down a few years ago.
 
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There was a pomeranian that was only 2 years old and just very sweet. Unfortunately, her owners left her outside often for long periods. She became injured near her hind end and since she was outside all the time the wound became infected and maggots had started to eat away at her flesh. It was so sad to see an animal in that kind of condition.
 
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8 of 25
What would you do different with your career training if you could start over again?
 
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I would try to put in as many hours as possibly at as many places possible.
 
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I would study every aspect a little more harder, and not be scared to jump into things and try it. Knowledge is important but you learn the most by actual experience.
 
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How do you manage your time in the work place?
 
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When working in the veterinary hospital you have to be able to prioritize your work. I will complete tasks that must be done by a vet tech and then I will delegate other tasks that can be done by another coworker so as not to fall behind schedule.
 
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Whatever is the most important thing is done first. Taking an exam room, answering the phone, or washing surgery tools. If there is nothing to do, grab a broom. Stay busy and help wherever, whenever you can.
 
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10 of 25
What will you do if you are working for a vet that only allots 15 minutes for routine visits/physical exams?
 
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I would make sure everything he or she needs is available in the room before he walks in and I do my job by obtaining a complete history.
 
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I would get everything done within them 15 minutes.
 
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11 of 25
How will you handle euthanasia?
 
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No I have not but am willing to learn.
 
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Most of the xrays I have assisted with have been digital so there have been no developing required.
 
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What are some goals you would like to accomplish in the next five years?
 
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I am looking for the animals to be a little difficult to handle.
 
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Learning something new everytime I walk in the door.
 
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13 of 25
What are some of the animals you've worked with in the past?
 
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Yes, its sad but my maternal instincts kick in and all I want to do is nurture it and make it feel better.
 
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Though it is always difficult to see an animal in pain, my purpose is to stay calm, assess the situation, and help in any way possible. In order to help you must remain composed and focused on the situation at hand.
 
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How do you feel about cleaning up after animals?
 
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At this point in my career, I have no interest in working in research.
 
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As of right now, I am not. I know I want to work with small animals.
 
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Give me a specific example of a time when you had to conform to a policy with which you did not agree.
 
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Unless it is against my morals I have no problem upholding my hospitals rules and regulations.
 
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Dog policy at the apartement community.
 
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Tell me about a time when you had to go above and beyond the call of duty in order to get a job done.
 
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Very critical patient, ex-lap earlier that day with a whole bunch of weird in there. Probably cancer, we took biopsies. We werent an overnight clinic and owners didnt want to transfer, and doctor didnt want him to go home. Came in after hours to check in.
 
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On Boxing day working in the retail industry it was incredibly fast paced and the team really had pull together in order to make it through the day.
 
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Why are you the best person for this position?
 
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I have the skills and attitude that you are looking for. I am dependable, hardworking and compassionate. I'm easy to get along with and work great in a team environment.
 
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I feel that my passion for animal health and my strong communication skills will positively contribute to your hospital's success.
 
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18 of 25
Why do you want to work at our clinic?
 
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I had a patient get very light under anesthesia abruptly I turned up the gas gave 5 quick breaths and they were back down and then I ran the iso at a slightly higher rate to prevent it from happening again.
 
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Enucleation- anesthesia induced arrythmia. HR went from 200 to 20 within 10 seconds. Dr stopped cutting, we got an ecg on him, wasnt doing well, dr wanted every machine and a stethescope on him, wasnt leveling out so we woke him up. TPLO- HR steady at 80-90, pressures fine. Adjusting iso %, no change. HR dropped to 45-50, gave atropine, everything went up.
 
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What specialized area did you focus on during your studies? Why?
 
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Animals almost never respond in the same way. Each dealing with an animal must be taken on an individual basis.
 
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I have had experiences dealing with animals my entire life. When I was young I had every pet imaginable, from guinea pigs to even a pony in my yard. When I was in junior high and high school I volunteered at a wildlife center rehabilitating native California wildlife and educating the public. Six years ago I decided to become involved in veterinary medicine due to my love of animals and strong interest in the medical aspect involved.
 
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How would your co-workers describe you?
 
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I have worked with everything from feral cats, to monkeys, and even lions. I have a very wide range of skills I can bring to your organization. I am looking for a starting position in an environment that will allow me to continue to grow and learn in this profession and I feel your practice will really allow me to do that.
 
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I'm hard working, eager to learn, team worker,
 
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How do you maintain accurate patient records?
 
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Growing up with horses and cows, I have had to make a few split second decisions based off the reactions from an animal. I have almost been run over by large animals a few times.
 
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Boring old fart that I am.Good afternoonShe competed in five Olympics,09 of a second. Biscuits and scones; afternoon selections will gather cookies.
 
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What do you do when you are working with a scared animal?
 
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Absolutely, I do very well in a fast paced environment and doing everything efficiently. I feel that my past employers has taught me very well in being fast but also efficient.
 
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Yes, patient care is always the top priority, but I have developed effective time management skills and I will be able to efficiently split my time between required tasks and still be successful.
 
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Give me an example of a time when you failed.
 
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I have tried to set up a work out or exercise schedule for myself to keep in shape over the summer and I have not been able to stick to it.
 
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Becoming an Arbonne Sales Rep... Thought I could work with people who were looking to be beautiful on the outside but found I like people for what was on the inside.
 
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Describe a time when you anticipated a problem and took measures to prevent it.
 
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Coaching synchronized swimming there are always potential problems. If I anticipate that one of my swimmers will not be able to stay above the water in the deep end, I give everyone life-jackets or a noodle. A lot of the sport is finding the dangers or problems before they happen and preventing or minimizing them.
 
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Being an introvert, I believe anticiapted potential problems are going through my head around 10 times a day,
 
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How would you perform this procedure?
 
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Its really hard to say. I try my very best to find the best possible solution to a problem, and If I do miss a obvious solution, I usually have really great team members that help me find a solution and I try not to make a big deal about it because its also a learning experience and next time I will know what to do.
 
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I used to love playing mind games and puzzles, but I often wouldn't be able to find the answer because I was looking too closely. It was only when someone would point it outthat I realized how obvious that answer would be.
 
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