March 3, 2021 | Vet Student | Vet Graduate

Veterinary practices have common requirements when looking for a new graduate vet and they will often have a set of common questions they will ask interviewees to ensure they are employing the right person for their practice.

We know that preparing for an interview can be hard and nerve wracking but we find that a few well structured responses will get you really far.

Talking about cases you have seen or times in your life where you have used skills that are important to the veterinarian seem to be a common theme so thinking of a few cases beforehand will help to stop your mind going blank on that big important day! We have a great competency interview guide you can use to help you prepare your cases and answers in more detail.

Here are some of the most common interview questions asked at a Veterinary Graduate job interview we have seen and good ones to prep for….

  1. Imagine that you are running very behind on your consultations and have a waiting room full of people. How would you deal with this?
  2. Describe a time that you were asked to carry out a task that you were unfamiliar with and how you dealt with it.
  3. What is your proudest achievement?
  4. Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?
  5. How much do you think you should be making for the veterinary practice in order to be profitable to them?
  6. You are called out to a horse with colic. What would you do?
  7. Have you ever seen a vet deal with a case different to how you would? How would you have dealt with it?
  8. A client brings in a cat with some pink frothy material coming from its mouth. List some differential causes and then describe how you would work up this case.
  9. How do you deal with stress?
  10. Why do you want to work for us?

If you would like to talk to us about jobs as a graduate vet then please call one of our team on 01423 813453 or email us at

March 3, 2021 | Vet Student | Vet Graduate