Veterinary students are a devoted bunch, working hard for four years in college to get accepted into a veterinary school, then spending another four years in veterinary school, studying for national and state board exams. Some take an additional one to three years of school to become specialists. They need all the help they can get from gifts to help them handle the academic workload.
Conferences and seminars provide an invaluable resource for students. The American Veterinary Medical Association has plenty of these events from which to choose for the gift of registration fees, including either the AVMA annual convention or its symposium for students. If your budget is more limited, give a subscription to a veterinary journal or an app -- some of which are free -- listing veterinary drugs or animal fractures, about dog anatomy or a complete veterinary manual.
Gifts for Book Lovers
Veterinary students must read plenty of academic and scholarly books, and you could buy them their own copies of some of those reference books they'll use throughout their careers. But books about animals or the life of a vet provide pleasure as well as information. Also look for books about the experiences of animal lovers who are not vets, such as Jane Goodall or Dian Fossey to give the student a wider perspective on taking care of the animal kingdom.
Gifts for Relaxing
Customize gifts such as T-shirts, wall signs, baseball caps or coffee mugs filled with a bag of coffee beans, with slogans about being a vet or pictures of the student's favorite animal. Dvm360.com, a veterinary online magazine, suggests "Tails-U-Win," "There are no bad dogs" and "Vets -- your other family doctor." Or give a gift certificate to a restaurant or two tickets to a movie or concert to encourage the hardworking student to get together with friends and relax.
Gifts for Animals
You can be close to 100 percent sure a veterinary student loves animals and probably has a pet of her own. Either give a gift for her to use with her pet, such as a fancy leash, or give a donation in her name to an organization that promotes the well-being of animals. Choices include the closest zoo; a nearby pet shelter or humane society; an organization that funds veterinary medical research such as the Winn Foundation for cats; or an organization that serves animals worldwide such as the World Wildlife Fund or the Cheetah Conservation Fund.
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