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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-04-2014, 07:14 PM Thread Starter
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Ive got an interview at the vets! what to expect?

im very excited to say ive got an interview scheduled at my local vet office for Wednesday next week! not for a job, but for a co op placement for school. im excited to get my foot in the door and see what a career as a vet tech will really be like

anyone have any tips on what to expect at the interview?
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-04-2014, 07:29 PM
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Not familiar with that term, is a co-op placement the same as an unpaid internship?

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basically, yes. Cooperative education essentially provides hands on experience in a real life work setting (with some restrictions of course because of lack of training!).
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I work in Human Resources, but not at a vets' office, so there's only so much information I could provide. My little sister does an annual summer internship at a vets' office though so I'm familiar with what they asked her.

From HR- most interviewers are looking for the right personality fit over competency, so don't be nervous and do your best to be yourself. Answer the questions with the mindset of customer service, friendliness, eager or go-getter personality. I would study up on the vet office, be familiar with the type of services they provide and some general information about them (how many vets do they have on staff, what animals do they specialize in, what do they recommend for diet, etc). If I was interviewer, I might ask some competency questions, which could be scenario format (you see a dog owner come in and they are quite aggressive with their animal- in the exam room you notice the dog is very afraid of the owner and has multiple lacerations, what would you do?) or skill-testing (what type of diet is the most beneficial for an average adult cat/what does our animal hospital recommend?). Be prepared for the generic questions about customer service, why you would be a good fit there, what experience and knowledge you can bring to the table.

My sister was asked about her history with animals (did she have animals growing up, what animals she was comfortable working with, if she is an 'animal lover'). She was asked what she was planning on doing after university as her degree could be used for animal or human medicine (they were obviously looking for someone planning to work with animals). She was also tested on her typing ability and phone etiquette, as most of her duties were in reception.

Hope that helps! Good luck!
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The best tip I was ever given is, when asked if you have any questions, definitely let the interviewer know you're interested in the position, and say something like, "If you have any hesitation about my qualifications, are there any questions I can answer for you to clear that up?" or something like that

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Thanks everyone! It went really well and I was told they were impressed with me I start tomorrow. Im quite nervous but also very excited! Thanks again


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How is it going? Both my sister and step-sister are vet techs (my sister is retired though. She ended up with back problems that made continuing in the industry not possible)....
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It's amazing! The reason I wanted to do this was to get experience in the field to see if it really is the career I wanted to pursue, and it defiantly is! I get lots of hands on experience, which I love, and am learning a lot


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