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Discussion in 'Pre-Veterinary' started by vetstumom, Apr 21, 2007.

  1. vetstumom


    Apr 20, 2007
    Hi! My daughter starts vet school in the fall and I am looking for a college graduation gift to get her. I thought it might be neat to get her something she could use in the fall-Any suggestions??
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  3. critterfixer

    critterfixer Veterinarian 2+ Year Member

    Mar 31, 2007
    Does she have her own stethoscope? Or if you want to spend a lot of money, a laptop might be nice.
  4. Hollycozza

    Hollycozza 5+ Year Member

    Oct 30, 2006
    New South Wales
    Stethoscope is exactly what I was going to suggest!

    A laptop is also a wonderful idea.
  5. vetstumom


    Apr 20, 2007
    Great idea! thanks for the suggestion.
  6. mtrl1

    mtrl1 UC Davis Class of 2011 7+ Year Member

    Sep 15, 2006
    Boston, MA
    I agree that a stethoscope is a great gift, but I would also ask her if there's a model that she prefers....I know it may seem silly, but scope choices can sometimes be a little more personal, especially if she's used to using a certain kind.
  7. JIKJen124

    JIKJen124 5+ Year Member

    Apr 4, 2005
    A loaded gift card from Panera, Starbucks, or her other favorite coffee shop might also be a nice gift that will keep on giving. That way she won't feel guilty about getting a coffee or food to keep her awake and studying at her best.
  8. 4theanimals

    4theanimals 2+ Year Member

    Dec 21, 2006
    Fort Collins, CO
    I have to second a couple of the suggestions on here:
    1. A stethoscope is great but check if she has a preference. They can actually be a very personal item for some people (definitely for me!).
    2. Gift card(s) would be great too. A gift card to Starbucks or some other coffee joint is great. It's great to get a caffeine rush for free. ;)
    Or Target/Wal-Mart is great for all of lifes necessities.
    Or even a card for a grocery store particularly if perhaps there is a favorite health food chain she might frequent. The prices for a health food store can seem like a splurge so having someone else pay for it would make it less sinful.
    Lastly, depending on where she is going some towns/cities have a gift card that can be used at numerous businesses throughout town. They are usually sold through chambers of commerce or visitors centers.
  9. msmrtrthnyllb

    msmrtrthnyllb 2+ Year Member

    Feb 19, 2007
    Gainesville, Florida
  10. BettieSpaghetti

    BettieSpaghetti 2+ Year Member

    Mar 25, 2007
    southern california

    That is so cool. I'm now asking my parents for those as gifts for my birthday and christmas.
    My suggestion for the greatest gift of all: tuition money. Just kidding, I really like the idea of the stethoscope and maybe a pet style name tag with her name on it or a charm of some sort to make it even more personal.
  11. HeartSong

    HeartSong Okstate 2010 5+ Year Member

    Jul 1, 2004
  12. fromjersey

    fromjersey 2+ Year Member

    Mar 20, 2007
    A Merck Manual, that should be a must for the gift list.
    Last edited: May 21, 2009
  13. Emio

    Emio Fudge Bane 7+ Year Member

    Jan 12, 2007
    how about a harddrive for backing up her brain? might not get more useful than that ;)
  14. thomphea

    thomphea 2+ Year Member

    Mar 15, 2007
    it's like a veterinary bible.... I bought that book my freshman year of undergrad. I'm a dork.
  15. TheDuck

    TheDuck Featherbrain 2+ Year Member

    Apr 12, 2007
    That makes me a dork too then. :rolleyes: :laugh:
  16. nessaf7

    nessaf7 Nessa 7+ Year Member

    May 22, 2006
    Last edited: Nov 4, 2012
  17. TheDuck

    TheDuck Featherbrain 2+ Year Member

    Apr 12, 2007
  18. alliecat44

    alliecat44 KSU CVM Class of '11 Moderator Emeritus Veterinarian 5+ Year Member

    Jan 23, 2007
    DC metro area
    I had my old Merck manual made into a purse for a friend starting vet school in Australia (Murdoch--she's in her second year). She has an MBA in fashion merchandising, so I thought it was appropriate--here's the site: :)

    And I have to say the Littman Classic II is an EXCELLENT "starter" stethoscope (though they could be on the Classic III or whatever by now). I love love love my Littman Master Cardiology that I got from a surgeon for my 23rd birthday if you're willing to up the ante a bit.

    That's great that you want to get her a cool gift--let us know what you decide on!! :)
  19. Pennymare

    Pennymare Ohio State Class of 2011 2+ Year Member

    Jan 21, 2007
    If you get the Invisible Horse, Dog, Cow etc, it might be worth assembling it for her. She might not have the time to paint and assemble the whole thing for a while----I'm not even in vet school yet and I have to finish mine!
  20. EqSx83

    EqSx83 2+ Year Member

    Feb 4, 2007
    If she's a large animal person a palpating jacket might be a nice gift (they're jackets w/ zippers in the arm so you can take your arm out without taking off the jacket completely)... I know I'm asking for one for my birthday! I know people who absolutely love their jackets - it is definitely not fun having to remove your jacket in sub-zero temps when you find yourself in a situation requiring you to stick your arm up an arse :eek: ! If you go to they have nice ones there to choose from...
  21. vetstumom


    Apr 20, 2007
    I just have to say- You guys are too wonderful! I have gotten tons of ideas for myself AND great ideas for other people in the family to get her also. Actually, I think I'm set on ideas to cover us through Christmas! I love it- don't hesitate to keep them coming!
  22. kate_g

    kate_g Senior Member 2+ Year Member

    Apr 4, 2006
    And actually, if she *hasn't* used a stethoscope much (like if she hasn't got a job as a vet tech) then it might be better to hold off with the scope-as-gift until a year or more from now so she has more experience on which to base that preference. Beyond a few "here, listen to this" moments while shadowing and volunteering, my stethoscope experience is pretty much nil. While I wouldn't be ungrateful if somebody bought me one tomorrow, really I'd kind of like the chance to play the field a bit before committing to owning one stethoscope that I feel compelled to use because it's mine.

    Also, nothing says "love" like a dissection kit. :love: That was mostly a joke, but really, the school is going to have a whole list of required/recommended supplies and things that she'll need to get before classes start or during orientation week or whatever. It's definitely more "useful" than "cool", but you might be able to call the school and get that list in advance to actually buy her something or even just get a gift card to the school bookstore or wherever she's going to have to buy that stuff.

    BTW, props to Mom for finding a vet student forum on which to ask for gift advice. You've got a lucky daughter!

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