January 25, 2020
MMI Interview, Multiple Mini Interview, MMI for Veterinary Medicine
The vast majority of veterinary candidates will be interviewed. An invitation to an interview is a positive indication that a veterinary school has seen many things that they like in its application; The interview is a good opportunity to deepen the points you have already covered and to tell the tutors more about their ability in the class. This article aims to answer these questions:
What is the format of an interview in veterinary medicine?
What kind of questions will they ask me?
How can I prepare for an interview in veterinary medicine?
What is the Format of an Interview in Veterinary Medicine?
There are two typical interview styles and your university will inform you of your preferred approach when you are invited so you know what to expect. The first is the image that comes to mind when describing an “interview”: a panel of one to three people asks a candidate questions. The second format is considered as a more modern approach to testing candidates: a mini multiple interviews (MMI). If you are asked to participate in an MMI, you can expect a series of “stations,” each designed to evaluate a different capacity before the students move to another station and interview each other. The tests that students will experience in each season vary: some may present an ethical dilemma and ask a student to discuss it; another could be a practical test of manual dexterity, such as bending a piece of wire in some way; a third party could ask a student to perform a mathematical model similar to the medication dosage calculations that would be required of a veterinarian. Students usually spend only a few minutes at each station.
Questions About The Veterinary Medicine Interview
There are many key qualities that veterinary admissions committees look for when the candidate completes the Mini Veterinary Multiple Interview (MMI).
Knowledge: Even if you are not supposed to be an expert in veterinary medicine, you must have a basic level of knowledge about the care, treatment, and reality of animals. Demonstrating this comfort and confidence will highlight your passion for pursuing a career as a veterinarian.
Communication: as a veterinarian, communication with your clients and the care of animals will be at the center of your clinical practice. In community or university settings, successful relationships with colleagues are essential to provide the best care. Many veterinarians play an important role in advocacy initiatives and rely on outstanding public speaking skills to successfully convey important questions to the public.
Ethics: a solid understanding of the ethical treatment of animals and the many controversial scenarios that arise with animals is crucial. Our veterinary care trainers will teach you to think about ethical scenarios and articulate your thoughts in an expert and concise manner.
How Can I Prepare?
The most important thing you can do is to dissect your PS completely, research more about the topics you have mentioned to the point where you will not be bothered by questions about what you have written. Even for Liverpool, who does not read your personal statement, brushing will help, because you can always mention everything that was there.
Questions about current affairs are important (especially if something big in the news can be related to everything you mention in your PS). There is a multitude of news websites on the subject, so read! It does not have to be specific for the veterinarian. The general scientific news is certainly relevant, and advances in human medicine often have veterinary links. Be sure to read some articles a few times a week. When you see the practice, see if you can take some copies of the Veterinary Times. The RVC has free podcasts that can be interesting, such as Farming Today (available for free on iTunes every day).
Here Are Some Examples of Problems to Solve:
- Tests with animals
- Bovine tuberculosis and the badger cull
- Prices of milk
- Hunting and prohibition of the fox
- Obesity of pets
- The hoarding of pets
- Horse races
- Antibiotic and anthelmintic (deworming)
- Inappropriate captivity of animals (e.g. SeaWorld)
- Inappropriate training for dogs (Caesar Milan, etc.)
- Organized dogfighting
- Specific legislation on dangerous dogs and race laws
- Reproduction of puppies, inappropriate breeding objectives (e.g., brachycephalic dogs) and corrective surgery
- Tail and ear docking and declawing
- Unwanted control of cats and dogs
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