As you can expect, graduation is a very exciting time. That is especially true for us veterinary students – we are finally being rewarded for 20 plus years of hard work. With graduation comes graduation gifts. Some people are going on big trips, others have gotten new vehicles, and almost everyone receives money. Then there are other random but really special gifts.
I was lucky enough to something really unique. After returning home, I saw one of my aunt and uncles for the first time. As they walked in, I could see they had something hidden behind their backs. They pulled out an old beat up Vermont license plate. I had never seen it before. It had some bugs plastered on its surface, it read “DOC#1” and it was last registered in 1990 before I was even born.
My uncle is a horse farrier and had worked with an old ambulatory veterinarian in the past. This license plate was on his old veterinary truck way back in the day and it came into my uncle’s possession when he bought some land from the vet. When they learned that I wanted to become a veterinarian, they knew that this would be perfect for me later on in life.
The fact that a past large animal veterinary used this plate and it’s now been passed on to me makes it very special. I was completely surprised when I first saw it and couldn’t believe that they had been planning this for so long. I’ve been thinking of all the different ways I could put it on display. Maybe I put it in the window of my veterinary vehicles or perhaps as an item on display in my house alongside my diploma? I honestly have no clue what I will do but I think this is one of the coolest things I could have ever gotten.