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What are some of the animals you've worked with in the past?

Answer examples and advice for how to answer this interview question for a Veterinary Technician interview

Advice
Your clients at the vet clinic will have a variety of pets, some more surprising than you might think. Depending on the clinic, you may treat exotic birds, hamsters and rabbits. Review the website of the clinic before you go into your interview to make sure you're familiar with all of the animals they treat. Then think about animals you have handled, in a clinical and home setting. The vet wants to make sure you're comfortable with the animals you'll be handling at their clinic. Be confident in your skills! Discuss your vast experience with anything from ferrets to Great Danes! How is it more difficult to work with a hamster than a kitten? How are the personalities of animals different?

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What are some of the animals you've worked with in the past?
1.
Kinda I would feel bad but I would be fine I think.
2.
I would be ok since I know that the staff will be doing what they need to do to get that pet in a better state of health.
3.
I will be able to compose myself when seeing an animal in a lot of pain because I know it is now at a location where I can assist in relieving that pain. I would do as much as I could to make the patient feel more secure and comfortable.
4.
Yes, because it is for the better when we fix them.
5.
Of course, it's part of my job. It never gets easier, but it still happens.
6.
I have alot of experience observing and handling painful animals and I always do my best to provide them a comfortable kennel or stall and adjust their padding and bandages as needed.
7.
I will feel bad, but it's just another reason to do the job and do it right.
8.
Of course. I have had many experiences with animals that were not well, my own, as well as some I met in shelters. I am a professional and even though it may upset me, I have a job to do.
9.
It would be my best perform to ease the pain that the patient suffer from, also would motivate me to put more effort and go one mile extra to make the patient safe and secure.
10.
It's of course hards to see an animal in pain but the biggest thing is to keep your composure to be able to help and comfort that animal. The Veternarian will know the best route for pain control if its thriugh drugs, bandages, or a good comfort cuddle. The most rewarding part is taking that animal from a painful situation into a more comforted position.
11.
I would maintain composure because it would be quicker and easier on the staff and the patient to get her/him as pain free.
12.
It is always unsettling to see animals in pain. The biggest thing to remember is to stay calm remember your training and provide what ever treatment your veterinarian recommends.
13.
Yes, it is part of the job. I of course would do my best to work with doctors and other staff to alleviate that pain if possible.
14.
Absolutely, this is an aspect of the job that is tough but I do need to stay strong for the client and focused on my job.
15.
Yes, its sad but my maternal instincts kick in and all I want to do is nurture it and make it feel better.
16.
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.
17.
I think it may be difficult but knowing I am working to bring comfort to the animal will help.
18.
Yes. Although its hard to see anything suffering, if you keep a calm compousre it ensures the animal youre there to help.
19.
Yes..It is important to be calm so as not to evaluate the situation even more.
20.
Yes, I think so, try my best to calm the animal and assist with the procedure requiring immediate action.
21.
Yes I have seen a lot of animals in pain.
22.
Yes, but I will try to do everything I can to help them get relief.
23.
I have seen animals in discomfort and pain before. I was the one who found my horse one afternoon after she had been rolling in the dirt and rocks for clearly a long time and had cuts and raw spots all over her. I also held her when the vet put her down. It was hard considering she was my own animal, but I think I did a decent job holding my composure. At school we castrate the goats using the burdizzo which is painful for them.
24.
Yes. I know it's tough, but that's part of my job. If I saw a patient was in a lot of pain I would alert a doctor and ask if we could provide the patient with some pain medications to make them more comfortable if they were going to stay in the hospital with us.
25.
Yes. I obviously do not want to see an animal suffering but I am not an overly emotional person.
26.
Yes, it's not easy but unfortunately I've seen it before and I'll see it again.
27.
No because I believe that any person who is able to keep their facial expression as hard as Steele has no place in the vet world. That means that there is not one ounce of compassion that lingers in you which could become a problem when having to deal with a hysterical parent whose dog was just hit by a car.
28.
I have had some experience seeing animals in lots of pain, and I am also able to keep a blank face quite easily. The only times I normally react is if I am trying to be cautious or the animal is being aggressive.

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