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"Considering Multiple Mini Interviews so there are multiple interviewers and a way to try something new."
"Get back to applicants sooner about their acceptance!"
"Notify students in a timely manner"
"Faster turnover time for decisions, UF takes quite a while for interview notification and acceptance notification."
"Work out the system kinks that slowed the process down this year."
"Mrs. Chaparro and Mr. Orsini are doing a great job! :)."
"For the early interviews, it may be nice to have a small formal meeting where they present some basics about the school. I was able to ask lots of questions to students and faculty but I would've appreciated a basic intro to the school."
"None. The interview day was wonderful and well organized. I greatly appreciated how transparent Johnathan Orsini was with us about the process and when we would find out our status. He even told us how many people were interviewed for in-state and OOS vs how many spots were available."
"Because I was on the alternate list for the interview, the office forgot to pass my name along to th"
"Be nicer on the phone when we call. There were points i felt like I was just being a hassle when i w"
"More use of email communication would be nice."
"How have you fostered teamwork in a group setting?"
"What does it mean to be a part of a team? A leader?"
"Give an example of when you were a group leader?"
"Based on my essays, I was asked "Tell me a little more about your family""
"Do you think volunteering is important?"
"Tell us about your veterinary experiences."
"Tell me about yourself"
"Tell us about yourself."
"What is the difference between animal rights and animal welfare?"
"How do you feel about Trap Neuter Release?"
"What are some strengths of yours? Weaknesses?"
"Are you a competitive person? Do you think the Veterinary profession is competitive?"
"What is a strength of yours?"
"What is your best quality"
"Tell us about your undergraduate studies and your favorite class."
"What is your favorite Disney movie?"
"Name a time you made a difficult decision, and would you change your decision if you could?"
"There is a student that always shows up late to class, makes a lot of noise and walks all the way to a table at the front of the room. They often have phone interruptions as well. This person is very distracting to you and others in the classroom. What do you do about it?"
"What will you do if you do not get admitted into veterinary school this year?"
"Tell us about your undergraduate experience, vet experiences, etc."
"Discuss your undergraduate experience and your favorite class."
"What is something that you do that is completely selfless? It may have had to be an answer that was not animal related, but I can't remember specifically."
"What is a goal you set for yourself (other than vet school) and how have you worked to reach it?"
"Are you familiar with PETA? Do you think there is a difference between animal welfare and animal rights? What are your opinions on research animals? What do you think of animals used for cosmetics testing?"
"Tell me about your undergrad - which school you went to, your activities, your favorite class, and your least favorite class."
"What would you do if you never got into veterinary school? aka other career options"
"You are the president of SCAVMA. You have $1000 to give and 3 groups asking for the money- one group would like to pay a speaker to come to speak to the class, one group wants to have a social and the 3rd group wants to throw a banquet for the seniors. Each thing costs $500- what do you do?"
"if you were the president of the freshman class and you saw a group of your friends and other students cheating on an exam how would you handle it?"
"If your technician gives too much antibiotic to an animal under your care and it will cause the animal to go into renal failure, what would you do about, telling the client, helping the animal, and what would you do about the technician?"
"Where do you see yourself in 10 years?"
"You are President of the student body at UF CVM. Every year, there is a senior social, an awards ceremony, and a famous guest speaker event. You only have enough money for two out of these three events. Which one do you cut and why?"
"They didn't start with the dreaded open-ended "Tell us about yourself". Instead, they asked me to start off by talking about where I go to school. My favorite class, etc."
"What were your favorite and least favorite classes in undergrad?"
"An owner brings in a pet that they want to euthanize because it has been pooping in the house. You discuss other options with them, and they still want to euthanize. What do you do?"
"Define teamwork. When have you worked to foster teamwork in a group setting?"
"All of my questions were exactly from the questions posted here (not all were asked due to time constraints)."
"What does commitment mean to you? Give a time when you had to break a commitment?"
"Name a time when you had to take charge of a situation you shouldn't have had to take charge of."
"Do you think there is a difference between animal rights and animal welfare? If so, explain why."
"What does commitment mean to you? Give an example of a time you had to break a commitment."
"How much do you expect to be in debt? (Followed by: What is the average starting salary for a veterinarian? )"
"What do you think of cosmetic procedures for animals? (ear cropping, tail docking, declawing, etc.)"
"What is your definition of happiness?"
"Behavioral interview - be prepared for questions like "Tell us about your proudest moment" or "Name a time when you had to come up with a creative solution to a problem"."
"Name 2 accomplishments in your life that you are most proud of."
"Tell us a little about yourself. Where did you do your undergraduate degree? What kind of veterinary experience do you have?"
"What would you do if a client wanted you to euthanize a healthy, young, non-aggressive pet?"
"Name a time when you had to stand up for something you believed in."
"Describe a time when you had to stand up for what you believed in."
"If you don't get into veterinary school, what are your plans?"
"Name a class or two that you really enjoyed or struggled with."
"What did you major in? Why?"
"What is prodest moment?"
"If a client wanted to euthanize a dog just for his/her convenience, would you do it? If you didn't want to do it, but your boss wanted to, what would you do? (other typical q's)"
"What is the biggest goal you have set for yourself?"
"Describe a time when you had to work with someone that you didn't get along with."
"Who do you consider to be a role model within veterinary medicine and outside of the field?"
"What is "your" definition of a no-kill shelter? (And then went on into further detail on how to reduce the amount of euthanasia in shelters aka. implementing behavior programs, using varying anxiety med for dogs, etc. )"
"You are a tech told to give a patient meds after its vet leaves for the night. You realize you gave the wrong dose of the medication. What do you do?"
"What would you do if an vet intern under your care seriously injured an animal, caused it to be permanently damaged, and the owner of the animal planned to sued you?"
"You're a tech at the hospital late at night. There's a critical patient hospitalized. You give the wrong drug. The patient dies. What do you do next?"
"Who is a role model"
"How would you contribute to the diversity of the school and your incoming class?"
"Probably several questions about my background in agriculture and my animal experience. I was glad that they asked me questions specific to myself."
"We had a discussion on the mustang problem out west that started as a question but turned more into a discussion on different ideas I had and their validity/problems/etc and what the interviewer would have done and what I thought of his ideas."
"If feral cats are destroying a local environment, how would you feel about euthanization instead of TNR?"
"The interviewers asked me questions about my application and my background. They were the most interesting simply because they were sincerely intrigued by my experiences. It resulted in more of a conversation and less of a Q & A."
"Being interested in ice hockey, would you say you're a competitive person"
"If you were the vet at Seaworld and your whale ate a trainer, what would you do with the whale?"
"What are your feelings on zoos and aquariums? Sea World?"
"You are working the night shift in a hospital, and an animal is supposed to get med # 1 at 9, and med #2 at 12, each getting their next doses every 6 hours. You accidently gave #2 at 9, and now it is 12 (the time that the animal should have gotten #2). What do you do?"
"What would you do if someone brought in a cat to be euthanized for urinating in the house but was completely healthy, what would you do? You've already explained all other options to them, but they are adamant about euthanasia."
"Opinion on PETA's activities"
"Discuss the ongoing debate regarding terminal surgeries, particularly as it applies to nursing and medical fields."
"I didn't get anything usual, just a lot of situation questions."
"There is an island where there is a rare mouse that is very endangered. There are also many feral cats. On one side you have the conservationists, on the other the spay-neuter-release people. As a veterinarian, what would you think was the right way to handle this situation."
"Pretend you are the head vet at your small animal practice. One of your technicians administers an antibiotic dose 10x too high for an animal, and the animal goes into renal failure. What do you do? Later, they asked how far would I go before firing the tech?"
"The behavioral questions were interesting - they aren't asked at the other schools I had interviews at."
"if you were on the admissions committee and you only had one spot left for the incoming class, would you choose the student with the best GPA/GRE, best interview or best experience and why? and follow up question: how would you convince the other members of the committee to vote your way?"
"In the Ohio state incident where all of the wild animals were released by a private owner and then killed by law enforcement what would you have done if you were the sheriff arriving on the scene?"
"If you were in our position and you had one seat left to fill in the class would you choose the applicant with the best grades and test scores, the one with the best experience and letters, or the one with the best interview. Why?"
"How do you feel about state mandated spays and neuters? Or something along those lines...to address the unwanted animal issues"
"What was your favorite/least favorite class?"
"I didn't get any of the fun/interesting questions; just very basic questions relating to my veterinary and extracurricular activities."
"What are some of your qualities that will help you succeed in the veterinary profession?"
"What animal do you most identify with?"
"If you were an animal what would you be? If you were a super hero which one would you be?"
"What cartoon character would you be?"
"How do you feel about a mandatory spay/neuter law (providing there special exceptions for breeders)?"
"Had a whole slew of questions about what I wrote in my PS about how veterinary medicine needs to be careful about falling into the animal right's trap. So I had questions regarding cropping/docking and about mandatory spay/neuter laws."
"What cartoon character do I relate to? :)"
"Hills company is paying for you and 3 other students to go to a weekend conference (sponsored by Hills). They will be paying for everything (travel, hotel, and meals). You have to pick the 3 other students from your class to go (obviously everyone from your class wishes to go). Your roommate/best friend is President of SCAVMA and hopes to be one of the students...how will you decide who goes?"
"If you were the head vet in charge of a research project and didn't quite agree with the ethics of the experiment, but the project was very lucrative and had a large government grant, what would you do?"
"Whould you ever euthanize a healthy dog and what if your boss told you to do it?"
"Nothing terribly interesting or out of the ordinary. 90% of the questions were the same as the ones already listed in this database."
"What if your boss told you to put a healthy dog down, what would you do?"
"What veterinarian have you learned the most from and why? (I'd never thought about that before)"
"What would you do if an owner asked you to put down a healthy dog?"
"What is the word commitment mean to you?"
"Give a time when you had to stand up for something you believed in."
"I don't think any question was interesting. The interviewers just had a paper with a list of questions to ask me...exactly like sample questions you can get on the internet to practice. Kinda boring..."
"Have you ever had a moment where you suddenly gained a lot of insight?"
"Can't remember any specific questions, I was asked a lot of ''behavioral'' questions."
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