January 17-23 is Veterinary Team Appreciation Week!
Veterinary Team Appreciation Week celebrates the passion and dedication veterinary teams bring to their work, and it is the only event to recognize the entire staff of practices and hospital clinics – after all, it takes a village to keep pets healthy!
Whether it’s the veterinarian who saves a pet’s life or the practice manager whose compassion provides comfort during a difficult time, each member of a pet’s care team plays an essential role – and they all deserve our gratitude and recognition.
During the week-long event, Petplan will be reaching out to veterinary practices all over the country to thank them for their hard work and dedication – as well as hand-delivering treats (like coffee and donuts!) to hundreds of veterinary practices near our Philadelphia headquarters.
Want to get in on the goodwill? Here are just a few things you can do:
fatten their emergency fund: Many practices have a fund set up to help pay for treatments when a pet parent is experiencing extenuating circumstances (like a house fire or other emergency) or when a stray animal is brought in needing treatment. Donating dollars to help the veterinary team continue doing their work – even for an animal who has no one to pay for their treatment – is the ultimate reward.
grant their wishes: Find out if your veterinary practice has a wish list of items they need and donate what you can. Pet supplies, sanitizer and office supplies are common wish list items. Even something as simple as used bedding or towels can be used to provide warmth and comfort to an animal after surgery.
rev their engines: Spending the day on your feet and dealing with emergencies takes a lot of energy – help your vet staff recharge by bringing them a box of joe! Many coffee shops sell bulk coffee for special events; pick one up and surprise your pet’s care team with a little afternoon pick-me-up.
fill their bellies: The vet staff works non-stop from the moment they walk in the door. And being on your feet all day in a caretaking role doesn’t leave a lot of time for lunch. A tray of sandwiches or treats may provide the only chance to sneak a bite to eat – and it may just get you in the running to becoming their “pet” client.
spell out your thanks: Thank you cards and notes still go a long way – as do Facebook posts and positive reviews on Google, Yelp and social media (be sure to use the hashtag #VetTeamAppreciationWeek). Put your gratitude into words for all the care these hardworking people have given to you and your pets. Sometimes the simplest gesture can mean the most.