Blog Post 4

When we received this project I was nervous about what to do. I didn’t know who to interview, and I was also scared that whomever I decided to pick to interview wouldn’t want to do it and then I would have to go and find someone else, but I was extremely fortunate to have gotten the chance to interview Dr. Thomas. The interview was a fantastic experience that ended up being a breeze. It was easy for us to talk because we sat in her home and we had already known each other because I had played college sports with her two daughters. Everything just flowed and felt almost like a normal casual conversation.

Dr. Thomas was a great person to interview. She has so much personality and is one of kindest people I have ever met. The way she spoke with such passion and joy about her job bought a smile to my face. I could ask her one question and she would go on and on, and I just sat there in amazement at all of the stories she was telling me. I had no idea that being a Vet was as difficult a job as it is. I loved her stories about being in vet school and all of the interesting exotic animals she got to take care of and learn from.

I realized during our interview that listening plays a larger part in being a Vet than I thought. It didn’t really click with me until she talked about her patients cannot physically communicate with her so she has to really rely on listening to the pet’s owners to fully understand what is going on. I was also surprised to find out that therapeutic listening played such a large role in her job as well. It had never occurred to me that comforting pet owners is part of the job of being a vet. I also learned that geography can create barriers to listening when she spoke about how people with different accents and make it hard to understand and become fully aware of what is wrong with the animal.

While I may never become a vet myself, my interview with Dr. Thomas so me there is so much more to being a Vet than just taking care of sick animals. You really have to be a good listener and be an understanding person because you are working with patients who have others advocating for them

Blog Post 3: Key Findings

I was unsure how conducting an interview was going to go seeing as though I had never done one before, but to my surprise the whole process went pretty well with relative ease. After figuring out some minor hiccups that come up while trying to record the interview everything went smoothly, and functioned almost like a natural flowing conversation. After interviewing Mr. Thomas about being a vet I found that Vets can definitely fall under the helping profession category. I think they fit better in this category more so than the healthcare category because while the do provide physical support for animals they are also providing an emotional support for pet owners.

My key findings from the interview would be the main component of listening when it comes to being a vet would be critical listening. After transcribing my interview and looking it over I found that a lot of the listening that is done is to find out key information that is related to problem solving. At vet has to listening to evaluate and learn. Mr. Thomas even stressed that listening plays a large role because you are dealing with patients that cannot speak or advocate for themselves. You have to listening to their owners to extract as much information and learn what you can about the patient. Another large part of her listening process is knowing what questions to ask, and paying attention to the feedback you are getting. Mr. Thomas could not stress enough that if you don’t pay attention you can miss a lot, which could in the end lead to a miss diagnosis. She also stressed that listening is key to defining a relationship between vets and clients because vets don’t what their clients to think that they don’t know what is going on because that is where you begin to have breakdowns.

Not only is critical listening important, but I also found that therapeutic listening plays a role in being a vet. While it might not be the as apparent and as important as critical listening therapeutic listening is a part of the comforting process when dealing with animal owners. In one of me questions I asked Mrs. Thomas if emotions got in the way or effected listening. She said yes. She told me that you have to step back and let me get their emotions out, let them breathe and give them the minute that they need. Sometimes people don’t understand what is happening or want to deny that their pet is sick and the vet has to do their best to comfort that individual and let them know that there is no other option and they have to deal with those client’s emotions.

Much of what I found came from minutes 12:52 to 22:00 in my interview.

Key parts of the interview: 12:52-14:03


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Blog #2

The professional I am planning on interviewing is Veterinarian Dr. Cynthia Thomas. Dr. Thomas graduated from The University of Florida getting a degree in Veterinary Medicine in 1986. Dr. Thomas currently works at Shaffer Animal Hospital in Oviedo and has two dogs of her own. Dr. Thomas’s daughters both attended Rollins and played on the women’s lacrosse team.

I am interested in interviewing Dr. Thomas because Vets, I believe, are part of the helping profession even though they are not technically helping humans. In a way I believe that listening could be even more important to a vet because the animals themselves cannot speak to us. This makes communications between the pet owner and the vet critical. It may in fact be more so “listening” than hearing that is important. I think that it will be very interesting to find out just how much listening impacts a vet, and they actually find themselves listening more than anything because with patients who cannot actually talk you have to be more in tune to other things that are going on. I also chose to interview Dr. Thomas because when I was younger I had an interest in becoming a vet, while that is no longer the current path I am taking, I am still interested in what it takes to be a vet.

Blog Post 1- Interview Questions

The best way to start of an interview is just general introductions of the person I am interviewing as well as introducing myself. Then I would start with a broad opening question such as:

  1. Tell me a little about your profession, and some background information. What does a typical day look like for someone in this profession?

This is great question to get things going. It allows both of us to get comfortable with each other, which can set the stage for some more in depth questions to come. It allows gives me a jumping off point and lead to further questions later in the interview because I will have some background knowledge on the profession

A second question I would ask in the interview would be:

  1. Were there any life events or moments that you head that lead to you the profession that you are in today?

By asking this question I get to know the person for more than just their profession. I get to learn about what inspires them and what leads people to pick the jobs that they have. I think it will be interesting to learn how certain moments in people’s lives can shape the person they grow up, and how those events or moments and push them in the direction they are now going. I believe that one moment can have a big impact on your life and I am interested to see if others believe that as well.

Another question I would ask:

  1. What would you say the greatest challenge of your profession is?

This allows me to get little more personal with the person that I am interviewing and some really “raw” answers. Everyone sees different things as more challenging than others so this is a question that really can let you understand a person, and make the interview about, and not so much just about person in that line of work. You are asking for THEIR opinion, not a general opinion of people in that field.

To move on from that and switch gears I would as a question such as:

  1. What is your favorite part of your profession/job. What makes your job worth doing?

Again with question I am keeping it pretty personal. I want answers that are genuine and if you ask people for their own thoughts, and their own likes I feel you are likely to get a genuine answer that also could apply to others who would want to work in that profession, so it serves a dual purpose. Plus, I’m hoping with a question like this I will get an answer that strikes a chord, and could inspire someone listening to the interview.

Finally, to finish I would ask:

  1. If you could tell one thing to people trying to get into your profession what you tell them?

I think this is a great place to leave off. Some words of wisdom to send people off with to hopefully get them motivated and inspired.