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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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I have a cornsnake named Jasper that I have had for over 4 years. I also have two female rats that I enjoy. I have a dog, Elaine, that I absolutely love. She is so smart and willing to learn new things.
 
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I have always owned a dog and/or cat. Right now I have one dog and two cats.
 
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My family has labs and a beagle mix. The beagle mix is my problem child she has a lot of medical issues. We also have standardbreds that are retired. At school I assist in the management of the goat herd where we breed them and assist with kidding procedures.
 
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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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I love what I do, I am extremely dedicated to my job and always open to learning new things in the process of working.
 
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I have 14 years experience and I think that makes me valuable to your hospital. I have learned a lot through the years from various doctors and technicians that I can bring to your hospital as well as learn some new things from you.
 
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I'm an enthusiastic and eager learner, and I know being a tech is a life-long commitment to learning and keeping up to date on new advances in our field. I'm always excited to learn and try something new.
 
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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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I am looking forward to working with animals but also the clients. I have been on the side of those clients and understand and empathize with their experiences. I'm sure it will be fast paced and require time management and multi-tasking.
 
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I think being a tech will be fun, stressful at times, and I will feel a lot of emotions. It will be a lot of hard work but it will also be rewarding. The goal is animal health, and there is nothing I wouldn't do to help an animal in need.
 
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Something different every day. I hope to keep on learning new techniques to better the practice.
 
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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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Traveling the world and helping animals of all sorts on various continents. I was involved in a lion breeding & rehabilitation program a few years ago that aims to increase the African lion population in an impressive 4 stage program.
 
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I think making it this far in my life, obtaining a bachelors degree in biology as well as coming close to obtaining an associates degree for veterinary technician. Being a part of PTK honor society is a major accomplishment that I am very proud of.
 
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I am most proud of being able to raise my children and have a career.
 
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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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Always being eager to learn Team player.
 
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Traveling the world and helping animals of all sorts on various continents. I was involved in a lion breeding & rehabilitation program a few years ago that aims to increase the African lion population in an impressive 4 stage program.
 
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Compassion, patience, and confidence. Compassion is important for any job in the medical field, and it's important to show this not just to our patients, but to our clients as well. You have to be patient when you work with animals and other people. You don't want to rush and further frighten your patient and make the vet a bad experience for both them and your client. Confidence is always important, especially for a doctor or tech. Feel confident in your abilities to care for your patients and deal with clients.
 
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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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I love animals. It may sound weird but I feel like I have a connection when it comes to familiarizing myself with a new animal. I feel like I make a difference in this profession.
 
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I find human anatomy and secretions unintriguing to say the least. To be cliche I have always shown an interest in animal medicine, as my uncle is a vet. I think reproduction is very interesting. Equine dentisrtyr is also intruiging.
 
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I chose this profession because I enjoy working with animals. Ever since I was young I haven't liked seeing an animal sick or injured, and it would bother me if I tried to help it, but just didn't know what to do. The part about being a tech that most interests me would have to be helping the really sick animals, especially when they are able to recover because of what someone has done for them.
 
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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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We have a severe parasite resistance problem at school.
 
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Seeing a cat that had a necrotic hole in her foot and the owner refused to amputate. We ended up putting her on heavy abx and nursing the wound and were able to save her limb!
 
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During my preceptorship at VSR, I remember a dog, Maggie, came in after being attacked by another dog. She was about a 50 kg mixed breed dog and had lacerations all on her neck, front legs, one of her ears was torn... We weren't sure if she was going to make it because her liver values were pretty poor. Her owner was so wonderful. He'd make the 40 minute drive to come visit her in the hospital every day she was there and just sit with her, try to get her to eat because she was reluctant to eat for us. Every time he came to see her she perked up and wagged her tail, despite being connected to several IVs, a urinary catheter, and bandages on her forelimbs, head, and neck. It was a long journey, but she made a full recovery. She was such a sweet dog and a wonderful patient, nothing but love and licks even when she was in such bad shape.
 
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How do you manage your time in the work place?
 
User Submitted Interview Answers
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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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I like to work efficiently and prioritize tasks to the best of my ability.
 
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I like to work efficiently and prioritize tasks to the best of my ability.
 
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I always make sure to do the most important or time limited jobs first, before moving onto the more time consuming or cleaning jobs. I also make sure to periodically check on any hospitalized patients.
 
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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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I have not gone through training yet.
 
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I would not do anything differently other than enjoy my classes and the education I have obtained.
 
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I feel as though I have received very adequate hands on training. I would however, liked to have been able to do more work with inventory and nutrition.
 
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