Navigating the holiday season as a veterinary professional

The holiday season is a joyous time filled with festivities, food and family but for vets, it often means an increase in workload. Balancing the demands of a busy veterinary practice with the desire to enjoy the holiday spirit can be challenging. In this blog post, we’ll explore some effective coping mechanisms to help vets survive during the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season.


  1. Look after yourself 


Christmas can be an extremely busy period for vets so it’s super important to ensure you are getting enough sleep, eating well and staying hydrated. While this may sound obvious it can be easy to forget the essentials when you’re running around without a moment to think. We’d recommend meal prepping for the week, as well as investing in a decent water bottle to bring to shifts. 


It’s also paramount to take regular breaks where you can and book in some time to spend with family and friends to help you celebrate and unwind this festive season. 


  1. Time management techniques


Utilise time-blocking to allocate specific periods for appointments, paperwork, and personal time as well as: 


  • Set realistic goals for each day to prevent feeling overwhelmed. 
  • Learn to delegate tasks when possible, trusting your team to share the workload.


  1. Maintain boundaries


Clearly communicate your availability to clients, colleagues and friends so that you can divide your time effectively. When you have time off over the holidays, make sure to set firm boundaries with work so you can switch off and relax. 


  1. Celebrate successes


Christmas is a time for celebration and that includes taking time to recognise your individual achievements and the collective successes of your team. Extend this festive recognition to your colleagues, expressing gratitude for the positive influence they’ve had on your daily professional life.A simple expression of appreciation has the power to brighten someone’s day, especially during the festive season which can pose challenges for some. 


5. Bring the festivities to work 


Even if you’re working over the Christmas period, there’s still ways to bring a bit of festivity to your practice. Why not put a tree up and decorate it with pictures of your fluffy friends? You could also organise a staff secret santa or a little Christmas lunch to keep spirits high.


6.Seek support


Communicate openly with your team about your workload and challenges – they’re there to help and can understand your struggles better than anyone else. Encourage your team to open up when needed so you can overcome any hurdles together. Consider seeking support from friends, family, or a professional if needed.


While the holiday season may be a busy time for vets, implementing these coping mechanisms can help maintain a healthy work-life balance and keep your team motivated. Here at Choice Vets we’d like to wish all of our candidates and clients a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful year ahead!