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  • Thank you gift for your DVM?

    My DVM has been out to our farm for several reasons, several times this year on an emergency basis. As the barn manager I'd like to give back to him a bit, but I'd like to give him something that is useful and thoughtful. He is married with kids, is not a young young guy, and is an established DVM so I wouldn't want to get him a stethoscope or anything like that. ...


    Ideas??
    I’d rather ride on a Mustang, than in one.

    BaileyAnn Neal

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    A gift certificate to a really good restaurant in his town, so he can go on a nice date night with his wife?

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    • #3
      Is he associated with a practice with other vets/staff? Or ambulatory with just him and a tech? If there's a fair number of people to share with, food gifts like cookies tend to be appreciated. That way much-underappreciated receptionist and other "backside" staff are likely to get a share. Gift card to a reasonable (not super-expensive) restaurant, enough to cover a couple adults eating out would be nice if he's mostly on his own. If you are grateful enough that you are thinking of spending more than, say, fifty bucks, I would look around to see if there are any charities he supports, rescue operations he's known to work with and support, foundations he's involved with, and make a donation in his name. Most professionals feel funny taking a large-ish gift when they are already being paid money for what they did/are doing.

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      • #4
        I found out that our vet does missionary work...he is part of job that help finance business start ups in the mountains of Peru... gave him a gift to use specifically for that

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          #5
          Originally posted by Scribbler View Post
          A gift certificate to a really good restaurant in his town, so he can go on a nice date night with his wife?
          I like that idea! I have a few boarders who would get in on that too.
          I’d rather ride on a Mustang, than in one.

          BaileyAnn Neal

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            #6
            Originally posted by Toblersmom View Post
            Is he associated with a practice with other vets/staff? Or ambulatory with just him and a tech? If there's a fair number of people to share with, food gifts like cookies tend to be appreciated. That way much-underappreciated receptionist and other "backside" staff are likely to get a share. Gift card to a reasonable (not super-expensive) restaurant, enough to cover a couple adults eating out would be nice if he's mostly on his own. If you are grateful enough that you are thinking of spending more than, say, fifty bucks, I would look around to see if there are any charities he supports, rescue operations he's known to work with and support, foundations he's involved with, and make a donation in his name. Most professionals feel funny taking a large-ish gift when they are already being paid money for what they did/are doing.
            He is ambulatory and owns his own practice. He is an Equine vet only now, so he doesn't have an "office," he comes do you. No back-end staff that I am aware of. He also doesn't have a tech/intern etc. It's always been just him! I like the charity idea too. Might make it less worrisome for him.
            I’d rather ride on a Mustang, than in one.

            BaileyAnn Neal

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            • #7
              Originally posted by WildGooseChase View Post

              He is ambulatory and owns his own practice. He is an Equine vet only now, so he doesn't have an "office," he comes do you. No back-end staff that I am aware of. He also doesn't have a tech/intern etc. It's always been just him! I like the charity idea too. Might make it less worrisome for him.
              Or a Fuel gift card
              <>< Sorrow Looks Back. Worry Looks Around. Faith Looks Up! -- Being negative only makes a difficult journey more difficult. You may be given a cactus, but you don't have to sit on it.

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              • #8
                My vet is part of a medium size practice that has its own private hospital/surgical center. I see them a lot - sometimes weekly Every Christmas I get my vet and her tech gift cards - sometimes local restaurants, sometimes Amazon, etc. Then I send a basket to the hospital for all of the back office people, hospital staff, and vets/techs we've seen occasionally during the year when they were on-call after hours/weekends. I've done fruit kebabs, gourmet coffee pods for their machines, chocolate covered pretzels, etc.

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                • #9
                  The best gift is paying all your bills in full and on time, but beyond that, I think the charity suggestion is a nice one. He might feel awkward accepting a gift for just doing his job, but might appreciate that you want to make a donation to a charity that he supports.

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                  • #10
                    An unlikely gift that is small, but oh-so-useful is a small Spyderco knife that you keep in the car/truck/keychain. I like the stainless "bug" (2" long $20), but also have the serated "Manbug" and plain "Ladybug."

                    I have given these as Christmas gifts and everyone is amazed at how useful they are. You don't know you need it until you've used it and then lost it...

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                    • #11
                      Coffee shop gift cards!
                      Von Hendrix aka Jimi

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                      • #12
                        I'd wait a few more months for Christmas. Then it will feel normal and natural.

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                        • #13
                          My vet makes it easy- she's a total self-professed plant hoarder. Often if I'm having to source something oddball or exotic for a contractor at work, I'll get her one too just because.
                          Wouldst thou like the taste of butter and pretty dress? Wouldst thou like to live deliciously?

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                          • #14
                            Having worked 14 years in two different veterinary practices I would offer that a note inside the Christmas card recounting the extra visits this year would be enough in addition to whatever appreciation gift you include. Trust me, it's the words that matter to a service provider- a client's meaningful "thank you" note after a euthanasia, a craptastic injury that healed right or surgery gives meaning and purpose to the Doctor and staff.

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                            • #15
                              As far as gift baskets, my sister worked for a long time at a small design company that apparently got loaded with gift baskets at Christmastime from happy clients. Both her and the boss were/are "foodies" in a food-oriented city. But apparently most of the gift baskets that you buy made up go for quantity over quality, and have no-name brands of cookies, chocolate, tea, whatever. So they were often quite disappointed in the contents of the baskets, and didn't want to eat them. It might be different in a big company, where the basket can sit in the staff lunch room until everyone nibbles their way through the offerings.

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by Palm Beach View Post
                                I'd wait a few more months for Christmas. Then it will feel normal and natural.
                                Disagree; small gifts with a thank you note are welcome anytime. Large gifts are awkward anytime.

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                                • #17
                                  Cards with thoughtful words of appreciation are always welcome. Food is never turned down and usually enjoyed by many even if you're solo - there is almost ALWAYS at least one or two in the background supplying support even if they're not an official employee. Gifts aren't necessary but the thoughtful gesture of just letting your vet know that their efforts as part of their job and their attention to their clients and patients are recognized, acknowledged and appreciated helps keep burnout at bay. After 30 years doing this job I can tell you that there is no price that can be placed on the true value of overtly expressed appreciation when your job is to put on your best 'face' and do your best for each patient/each client every . single. day.
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