Finally had my interview! It got pushed back a few days because I ended up not getting Thursday off like I planned.
I was nervous the morning of, but it went really well! While it was formal, it was also very laid back and casual. The office manager and a vet tech interviewed me, asking questions from a sheet of paper. While I do not speak eloquently and professionally like my boyfriend does (he is great at public speaking!), I feel like I did good. I gave specific examples, even if they weren’t packaged perfectly. They responded positively, and it was more conservational. I had to ask for them to repeat the question a few times in the middle of answering, just because I forgot exactly where I was going with my responses, but they didn’t seem to get upset.
I did feel like a complete and total idiot before the interview process. They had me fill out an application, and afterwards, one of the RVT came out and started chatting with me in the waiting room. She asked “what draws you to veterinary medicine”
What I wish I’ve said/my actual feelings- I love animals, and more specifically, I love helping animals. I also love helping and working with people. Veterinary medicine combines those two things, and allows me to help in a practical way. Or something along those lines.
My horrible answer (it was something like this): ” I love animals. I also love people. So I thought, it would be fun!”
I did get to say what I wish I would have said during the interview though.
After the interview, they had me come back 1.5 hours later to shadow for a couple hours. I got a tour of the clinic (it’s a very small clinic), got to meet all the staff that were working that day, and then spent the rest of the time shadowing one of the current kennel assistant.
She was very nicer, an older lady, who moved a bit slower. The ad made this job seem like a very fast-pace, high pressure-type, incredibly demanding job, but it was far more laid back than my current job. Far more laid back than the environment at the dental office where the dentist commented that he likes people to run if he needs something. The vet clinic was busy, but no one was visibily rushing around or anything like that. Not frantic and high-paced like my current job.
It seemed pretty easy, to be honest. The day starts out by taking any dogs out to go potty, throwing in a load of laundry, cleaning their and any cats kennels, feeding, medicating, then sweeping outside, and then doing cleaning, laundry, dishes, cleaning instruments, litter cleans and potty breaks through out the day, and then taking out the trash, sweeping, mopping, and vaccuming at close. They also are the ones who are responsible for the deceased animals after euthanasia, which doesn’t bother me. Suffering makes me sad, death I find peaceful as the animals are no longer suffering. She said she doesn’t do restraint anymore, but they will probably train me on restraint.
They gave me a test to fill out afterwards, having me do a word problem, asking me to spell words (veterinarian, diarrhea (I spelled it diarreha 🙁 )animals, and appetite), identify dog breed photos (golden retriever, pug, poodle, american eskimo) and list names of staff (I only remembered 4, I did overhear two names in the middle of my exam, but didn’t write them down)
They are going to call my references, and I will hear back by Wednesday probably!
I called and talked to my sister afterwards, and she asked me if I was interested in the job. I told her it was funny, because it didn’t really seem like a job. It more seemed to be like volunteering on steroids. So it seems weird to be like, I want to work there, when it doesn’t seem like work. She was like “Yes, you want that job then.”
But now, to comment on everything you wrote. 🙂
I really do feel like I am on a better path!
I do feel though that the prestige factor really was only a small factor of my motivation, most of it was because it is a career that allows you to help people in a practical way. Although I hate to admit it, it was there though in a small way. However, I definitely do not feel the same passion for human medicine as I do for animals, or veterinary medicine. That is definitely evident to me after shadowing.
And even though I like volunteering, all of the medical volunteering I’ve done was more for extrinsic reasons (ie needed for medical school) than intrinsic. Volunteering at the humane society was 100% intrinsic.
I’ve also said I will happy lose sleep or be out in the elements to help an animal, and I mean that genuinely.
I’ve taken several steps back in looking into careers, and am considering teaching again (pre-school, kindergarten or elementary- another career that I’ve been interested in) therapist (masters level, MFT, career counselor, school counselor, possibly psyD or phD level if I learn I like research), child developmentalist (master’s level), and social worker more heavily, in addition to veterinary medicine.
Basically, I want to work with children or animals, and be in a position that gives me some degree of autonomy.
Right now, I’m very excited to get more involved and explore veterinary medicine more. I was so happy to be at the veterinary clinic earlier today, even though I was nervous and just watched her do laundry, take out trash, and clean.
Ironically, I’ve also realized in my head, potentially taking chemistry and calculus for vet school seems less intimadating and stressful than for medical school, even though it is the same thing. I think it is because ultimately, my heart wasn’t 100% in it, and my brain was trying to tell me.
I definitely agree that starting with a heavier course load is probably not the best course of action. I’m waiting to find out if I get the job, and what my schedule would be, before spending too much time planning. Technically, I only need 3 semesters before I can transfer as a psych major (and you can change your major after transferring, I found out!), so I have 1 semester that can be really light, or even take another semester off.
I’ll update more in the future!