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Personality tests should be a prerequisite for admission to veterinary college — 12 Comments

  1. I was one of the original complainants in the case against Kristen Lindsey (see: Tiger’s Justice Team News Page on facebook), a veterinarian who (for fun) shot a local cat “Tiger”in the head with an arrow four years ago in April 2015 and famously celebrated it. I’ve also encountered my share of local veterinarians and other animal care and control workers through the years who also appalled me with their actions or lack thereof. While a personality test would and should be part of their training, I don’t know how well it would prevent psychopaths from entering the field. They tend to be able to mimic acceptable attitudes when it serves them. They lie very well and sometimes put on a good show. Kristen was an exception though as she was so extraordinarily vile and unapologetic about it that it was like shades of Donald Trump on a small scale. Horrifying and disgusting just the same, and there’s no hiding that. How she got to become a vet is just as dumbfounding as how he became the president.

  2. Not to detract from vets, but lack of compassion is an issue with human doctors. Before they hit med school they should be required to do a one year of internship with clinics that serve the poor and homeless.

    I had a dentist once that said I didn’t need anesthesia to re-file down a live tooth before putting the crown on. He was upset that I couldn’t handle it.

    He was working with an established dentist. Now he’s working for a conglomerate that provides substandard but affordable care.

  3. There would need to be periodic testing as well because age-related conditions may alter the personality. I never knew until I saw a commercial that Parkinson’s can cause hallucinations in a high percentage of those diagnosed. Many diseases come with changes in general personality.

    • Good point. Also old age brings less tolerance and more impatience. This is a personality change. There are others that come with old age.

      • Also some older people do not have the
        energy and/or are too set in their ways to keep up on all the latest vet techniques. They could recommend euthanasia when there is a new drug or treatment available. Of course I have also seen some 70 year olds have twice the energy of a 30 year old.

  4. The root of the problem lies with the Vet Board here in the US. They opposed a recent bill to ban declawing in CA and the bill was defeated. If they do not see declawing as cruel and inhumane it is obvious they care only for protecting the bank accounts of unethical and greedy vets. Ethical vets already refuse to declaw without a law. So it is no surprise that there are not more stringent requirements to be a vet and penalties are in place for abusive vets.

    • The fact that declawing exists indicates to me that too many vets don’t have the correct personality to be a vet. Surely they can make enough money without declawing.

        • It is the argument I have consistently heard. If vets are driven by greed, it is another personality trait that is unwelcome in this profession. It is a vocation not a business opportunity.

  5. You hit the nail on the head, Michael. Implementing this procedure would take time and progress through a trial and error process. I am sure that not many colleges would agree. One suggestion: a pre-vet school internship working directly with animals as a prerequisite could weed out unsuitable applicants. I wholeheartedly support your premise.

    • Neat idea about the pre-vet internship. You’d be able to at least weed out some unsuitable ones. For me the attitude of a vet is the most important qualification. You can’t be a good vet without compassion, respect and sensitivity towards animals.

  6. I think the tests could/should be applied across professions such as for human doctors, nurses, welfare inspectors of any kind, dog wardens and of course anyone who is thinking of accquiring an animal companion of any sort.

    I have just seen it going wrong for animals far too many times to avoid such cynicism. I’ve sadly seen it go wrong for people too when just one molecule of compassion from a professional would have prevented monsterous suffering

    In the 90s in the UK, there was a rush of tv shows about young vets. This saw a big rise in vet school applicants. I think this allowed quite few questionable types into training.

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