With the holidays fast approaching I have received an endless amount of messages from my family asking what I’d like for Christmas. After thinking long and hard, I was inspired to write this post about the perfect holiday gifts for your favorite veterinary student.
Part of my criteria for a great holiday gift would be something practical. I feel as though the most meaningful gifts are often the ones that will be used regularly and incorporate something I love. That’s how I generated this list.
1.) Stethoscope – The veterinary essential! Whether they’re a new or graduating vet student, this will be a tool that they will use regularly. It is not a bad idea to consider the stream they may be going into because different types of stethoscopes are better for small or large animals.
Bonus: Stethoscope tags are a unique way to personalize the gift even further. You can order a custom one or have a dog tag made at a pet store.
2.) Scrubs/Coveralls – Surgery? Animal handling labs? Scrubs and coveralls are a must-have veterinary uniform during school or while in practice. They can be embroidered for an extra special touch.
3.) Thermos – Caffeine! Vet students run on this stuff. Having an insulated portable mug is the second best thing to having a constant rate infusion of caffeine. I’d highly recommend going for one that is a larger size and keeps drinks warm for long periods of time. Your vet student will be forever grateful for the extra energy boost.
4.) Textbooks – Veterinary textbooks are a priceless asset. A good text will be useful throughout their career as a student and then can be used as a reference in practice. Some essential texts include radiology, anesthesia, pharmacology, surgery, and internal medicine. I’d recommend asking your student what areas they are interested in/what texts are most current.
5.) Watch – Whether they need to check vitals or simply make it to class on time, a watch is the perfect accessory for a vet student. The best one is usually scratch, water, and shock resistant to live up to the wear and tear it will face in practice.