Hardest Questions Asked in Veterinary School Interviews

Veterinary Medicine Application Specialists

No veterinary medicine MMMI will be complete without at least one difficult station. In fact, you should be prepared for a number of difficult questions. Here, we present a number of difficult questions spanning knowledge, ethics, and scenarios. Remember, you can always find more tricky questions – and questions spanning all different stations – in our MMI Online Course.

Online Course

200+ Past Interview Questions and Model Answers, With Techniques and Tutorials.

1-1 Interview Tuition

One to One Support With A UK Vet or Vet Med Student Experienced in the Application Process.

Resources & Articles

Tips, Techniques & Insight from Vets & Veterinary Medicine Program Insiders. 

Imagine you are part of a veterinary team and you notice a communication breakdown that could potentially compromise patient care. What steps would you take to address this issue?

Model Answer:

Upon noticing a communication breakdown, my immediate step would be to identify the source of the miscommunication and assess the potential impact on patient care. I would then initiate a candid yet tactful conversation with the involved parties to understand their perspectives. To rectify the situation, I would suggest the implementation of a structured communication strategy, such as SBAR (Situation-Background-Assessment-Recommendation), to provide a clear framework for information exchange. I would also advocate for regular team briefings to preempt future issues and maintain a high standard of care. Continuous monitoring and open dialogue would be vital to ensure the effectiveness of these measures and to uphold the practice’s commitment to patient welfare.

You discover that a classmate has been spreading false information about the efficacy of vaccines in animals. Considering the potential harm to public health and animal welfare, what actions would you take?

Model Answer:

Misinformation about vaccines is a serious concern in veterinary medicine. I would address this by first approaching my classmate directly, providing them with evidence-based research on the efficacy and importance of vaccines. If they continue to disseminate false information, I would escalate the matter to our professors or the school administration, ensuring that accurate information is upheld. It’s also an opportunity to suggest a seminar or workshop on the topic to educate the wider student body on the importance of vaccines for animal and public health.

Veterinary Medicine Application Services

Tailor and optimise your Vet Med Application with our 1-1 Specialists or prepare in your own time with our Question Bank & Online Course

Gene editing in animals is a topic of ethical debate, especially with technologies like CRISPR being used to create 'designer' livestock. What are your thoughts on the role of veterinarians in overseeing the welfare implications of such practices?

Model Answer:

The advent of gene editing poses complex welfare and ethical considerations. As a veterinarian, I believe my role is to ensure that animal welfare is not compromised by such technologies. This involves staying informed about the science and ethics of gene editing and participating in multidisciplinary committees that oversee the welfare implications of these practices. It is also our responsibility to voice concerns and contribute to guidelines that protect animal welfare. Moreover, engaging in public education about the realities and potential welfare outcomes of gene editing in animals is crucial, ensuring transparency and informed discussion in society.

Imagine you are consulting with a client whose dog has been diagnosed with a chronic condition that requires lifetime management. The client is overwhelmed by the diagnosis and unsure how to proceed. How would you offer support and guidance?

Model Answer:

I would start by expressing empathy for the client’s situation and reassuring them that many pet owners successfully manage chronic conditions with the right support. I would provide clear, concise information about the condition, treatment options, and what to expect in terms of management and prognosis. Offering resources such as support groups or connecting them with other owners managing the same condition could also be beneficial. I would emphasise that with a committed veterinary team and a supportive owner, pets with chronic conditions can still enjoy a good quality of life.

You are presented with a case where a pet's medical condition is treatable, but the treatment is prohibitively expensive, and the owner is considering euthanasia. How would you handle this situation, keeping in mind the welfare of the animal and the owner's circumstances?

Model Answer:

This situation requires a delicate balance between compassion for the owner’s financial limitations and the ethical duty to the animal. I would start by explaining the medical condition, the treatment options, and their costs in a clear and empathetic manner. It’s important to discuss the potential quality of life the pet could have with treatment, as well as the possible outcomes if treatment is not pursued. I would offer alternatives, such as payment plans, charity care, or even discussing the availability of financial aid from animal welfare organisations. If these options are not viable, I would then discuss the possibility of euthanasia in a compassionate way, ensuring the owner understands it is a decision made from a place of care and respect for the pet’s well-being.

Shopping Cart
Scroll to Top

Intensive BMAT Course

BMAT Timetable

The BMAT Course