Veterinary School Interviews
All of your hard work has paid off and you’ve been granted an
interview, but now what do you do?
- Prepared by Ashley Case, President of the Pre-
Veterinary Club at the University of Pittsburgh,
The information contained in these slides are based on my
personal experiences from my interviews at Kansas State
University, University of Pennsylvania, Tufts University, and
Purdue University as well as the research I did before my
interviews to find information about the type of questions I
could be asked. (There is a fair amount of information out
there, so that is another resource to help prepare for
**These are merely my thoughts and suggestions, they may or may not appeal to you, but I
found it helpful to ask people questions about their vet school interviews, so I thought it
might help some people to hear about my experiences**
All of my interviews were similar in two basic ways;
• First, I always had two interviewers (at least one was a faculty member in the school,
and sometimes the other was a vet elsewhere in the community). Also at Penn, one
interview knew all of my information and the other didn’t know anything about me, I think
this is the only school that I interviewed that did it that way, but there are probably more
schools that also do this.
• Second, they were all structured similarly. The interviewers asked me questions and
then I had the opportunity to ask them questions about the school and the program, etc.
All of my interviews were between 30 and 45 minutes long.
• Know the questions you might be asked and have an
idea of what you might say. You don’t necessarily need to memorize
answers, but be aware of typical questions
• You might want to prepare a portfolio highlighting your
experiences, activities, etc. When you are asked to describe yourself
you can get out your portfolio and not only tell them about yourself but show them too
(Mar Kamal, the president for the 2006-2007 year suggested this, it worked well for her as she is
attending Penn now, I made one but did not really use it, but making it was a useful endeavor to
review my experiences so I could discuss them when asked)
• Research the school at which you will be interviewing.
It is a good idea to know about the school in case you are asked why this school?
Also you will have the opportunity to ask the interviewers questions to find out if the
school is right for you, so you should know something about the program, etc. to ask
• Check out Career Services for advice on interviewing
and mock interviews www.careers.pitt.edu
• The next couple of slides are sample questions that you
might be asked on your interview
• I was actually asked some of these questions (in which
case I indicated that I had been and at what school)
• Others are example questions that I found on the internet
• These are certainly not all of the questions I was asked
or all the possible questions that an interviewer could ask
you, but I believe they are a representative sample
• Tell us about yourself…(I got this question at multiple schools)
• Why do you want to be a veterinarian? (I got this question at
• What is the last book you read?
• In the veterinary profession you sometimes have to deal
with difficult people, describe a situation in which you had
to deal with a difficult person and how did you deal with it?
(an actual question I got at Purdue)
• Vet school is stressful, how do you deal with
stress?/Describe a stressful situation and how you dealt
with it…(I got this question at Purdue)
• Describe (insert your experience)… (I had this question at multiple
• What was the most interesting case you observed and
why? (I got this question at Penn)
• What was the most difficult veterinary situation you
experienced and how did you deal with it?
• What is the scientific process you go through to set up
your research experiments (I got a variant of this question at KSU, I got a lot
of questions about my research because it is something I have done for a long time)
• How do you feel about using animals in vet
school/research, etc? (I got this question at multiple schools)
• Various questions involving euthanasia, especially
questions involving clients asking you to euthanize a
healthy animal, and the scenario extends from there (I got one
of these at Penn)
• What do you do if you think the animal you are treating is
• What is difference between/how do you fell about animal
rights and animal welfare? (I got one of these at Purdue)
Reality Check Questions
• How will you pay for this?
• How much do veterinarians make? (you can find stats on this topic
from the US Dept. of Labor; as of May 2006, they cited the mean wage for vets as
$81,490 with a range of $43,350 - $133,150)
• What will you do if you do not get into vet school?/ Will
• What kind of jobs can a veterinarian get?
• What would the bumper sticker of your life say? (Someone
actually got this question as KSU – these types of questions reveal how you think on your
feet/how creative you are [in my opinion])
• If you were a dog, what kind would you be?
• What type of animal would your friends say you are most
like and why?
• What do you feel is your best/worst quality?
• Interviewing can be really stressful and you will probably
be nervous but it is really not that bad, and in some ways it
can be fun, you get to talk about yourself and your
• Be humble, but don’t be afraid to toot your own horn
• Most importantly be yourself, your interview is a chance
for the interviewers to get to know you and for you to get a
feel for the school so that both you and they can determine
if you will be a good fit at that school
• Getting an interview is an awesome accomplishment, be
proud of yourself!!!