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Getting into veterinary school is no easy feat. Vet students eat, live, and breathe veterinary medicine, sacrificing hours of sleep and sanity for sick pets. The additional years of education will be physically and mentally demanding, but ultimately enjoyable and worthwhile. Help get them ready for vet school with the following practical and fun gift ideas.
A stethoscope is an essential piece of equipment for veterinary school. A good quality stethoscope is a worthy investment that will come to good use throughout studies as well as out in the practice. Add the personal touch with custom engraving.
2. Veterinary Dictionary
Dictionaries never go out of style and a comprehensive veterinary dictionary is a must have in vet school. It is arguably the single most important textbook that a vet student will have.
3. Nurses Pouch
A nursing pouch will keep all pens, notebooks, scissors, calculators, and other items organised all together in one place. Extremely useful for hospital rotations and work experience placements.
4. Pen Light
Like the stethoscope, the pen light is an essential tool for diagnostics in veterinary medicine. They come in a range of colours and sizes, but the general consensus is that they should be able to fit comfortably in a small pocket.
5. Lapel Watch
Wrist watches can get knocked around by boisterous dogs or are impractical when performing rectal exams on cows. Lapel watches include a second hand for accurate measurements and are available in a variety of colours.
6. Scrub Cap
Students often have to wear a standardised “uniform” set of scrubs while in the training hospital, but a bright colourful pattern on a scrub cap is a great way for them to express their individual personality.
7. Veterinary Caduceus
In Greek mythology, the Rod of Asclepius is a symbol of medicine. The modern version for veterinary medicine combines the serpent surrounding the rod with an overlapping ‘V’. A caduceus charm on a necklace or pair of cufflinks will be treasured for years to come.
8. Travel Mug
Vet students are constantly on the go and having a travel mug filled with hot tea or coffee will at times be a life saver.
9. Candy Dispenser
For students with a sweet-tooth, a candy dispenser filled with their favourite treats (or for the health conscious, a mixture of nuts and raisins) is a fun, novelty way to provide fuel for those late night study sessions.
10. Anatomy Colouring Book
Adult colouring books are gaining popularity as a way to unwind and meditate. Educational colouring can help students de-stress while maximising learning potential.
11. Novelty Syringe Pens
Doctors have a habit of stealing pens from one another and as if they aren’t around enough needles, novelty syringe pens are a useful and fashionable gift to write with.
12. Foot Spa
After a long day of lectures and laboratory sessions, it will feel great to come home to a relaxing foot spa to massage the worries of the day away.
13. Hand Moisturiser
Vet students are constantly washing their hands and should be doing so after every different animal they deal with. This combined with the cleaning chemicals that are floating on the surfaces of a veterinary hospital equals uncomfortably dry skin. Hand moisturiser equals happy hands and a happy student.
14. Reusable Hand Warmers
Speaking of hands, reusable hand warmers are perfect for late nights at the hospital in winter, or when students are sent to accompany vets on farm call outs in the wee hours of the morning.
15. Pet Breeds Poster
Students need something to decorate their walls with. They also need to know popular dog and cat breeds, which are not often taught in detail at veterinary school but are assumed knowledge. Help them get a head start.
16. Motivational Post-It Notes
A simple, yet effective way to brighten anyones day. These post-it note quotes will help cheer up any student at times when they are struggling.
17. Desk Organiser
There is nothing worse than sitting down to study and not being able to find your study notes. Help keep things running smoothly with the gift of a stacking desk organiser.
18. Veterinarian Tote Bag
You can’t cart ridiculously heavy textbooks back and forth from class without a ridiculously stylish tote bag.
19. Medical Cookie Cutter Shapes
The best way to make friends at veterinary school is with cookies. Cookies shaped like syringes and prescription bottles.
20. Simon’s Cat
In between all the seriousness that is vet school, it is important to chill out every once in a while with some good humour. Simon’s Cat comics will always deliver on that humour.
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