In this VETgirl online veterinary continuing education blog, we discuss holiday gifts that you need to buy for the veterinary professional in your life. So, as the holidays approach (less than a month away), post this blog on your social media feed so your husband, spouse, sister, parents, etc. know what to buy you… Direct hints help.

1. Self-care certificate. Hello? When was the last time you splurged on a massage or facial? The #1 thing you want enjoy for the holidays this season is a gift certificate for some self-care! I try to automate this on my Google calendar so I schedule one every 4-8 weeks (depending on how crazy my life is). We veterinary professionals don’t take care of ourselves well enough and often need a 1/2 day at a spa. Take advance of it and show up at least 1-1.5 hours earlier so you can unwind, swim, use the gym, soak in the sauna and steam room and relax. Make sure to enjoy the other spa amenities! Here, some spa etiquette if you need.

2. A YETI Tumbler. Admit it – you’re dehydrated while working in the clinic. We don’t have time to drink. We don’t have time to pee. Splurge on a nice stainless steel, BPA-free water mug so you take the time to drink. And the bonus? It’ll stay cold all day long when you forget to hydrate.

3. UGG slippers Seriously, your feet are aching after standing for 10 hours during the day, ankle twisting in your Danskos, running around the clinic frantically. Kick up your feet in some comfy, warm Ugg slippers.

4. A caffeine maker. For real. Why pay $5.50 at Starbucks for a cold brew coffee, when you can have unlimited coffee in your refrigerator all day long? This KitchenAid cold brew coffee maker rocks.

5. OK, these bad boys are expensive, but when it comes to technology, VETgirl is all in. I love my AirPods. I was very resistant to buying them due to their price ($130), but when I’m really stressed at the clinic, I plug these in and blast Enya so I can tune out everyone at the clinic. For real. (#ad)

6. Can’t sleep because of this?

Then you likely need some non-caffeinated tea that helps you sleep at night like “Hey Girl, It’s Bedtime Tea” for Stress and Anxiety Relief. (#ad) Because it’s healthier and cheaper than alcohol.

What other suggestions are on your list? What do you need for 2019?

  1. Enya is my GO TO self-soothing music! I play her during my dentals 🙂 I need some AirPods though. All the other first really are the best too!

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