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Let's get this party started! How are you celebrating with your veterinary team this Christmas?

Posted in Management @ Nov 28th 2013 - By Judy Gillespie
Christmas Party’s nearly December.  You know what that means don’t you?  Yep... Christmas Party time!

So what do you have planned?

I don’t think there’s a right and a wrong way to plan a party and what may be an awesome party to one veterinary team might be a trial to another.

How to Enjoy Your Next Christmas Party (Veterinary Practice News Editorial Blog from 2012) offers some good ideas on how to make your work party fun rather than painful.  The key is to keep it light and use lots of humour.  Giving out fun awards and sharing funny quotes from throughout the year is a great place to start, although the quotes may depend on whether you’ve been collecting them or how good your memory is!

Let’s get this party started!

Dr Joel Parker from Veterinary Practice Solutions suggests running a Christmas party for your clients!  Check out this 5 minute video where he explains what he did at his veterinary practice Christmas Party each year.

Some do’s and don’ts

Just remember ....people have long memories and most of you work in small teams where there is really nowhere to hide!

So just as a precaution, have a read of ‘Dos and donts before you hit the town for your Christmas party’!

A quiet drink, fun lunch or all out party?

If you’re not sure what sort of party to plan, the best way is to ask your team what they would prefer:

  • Partners or just the team?
  • Kids included or not included?
  • Night time or during the day?
  • Casual or fancy?

Don’t be afraid to suggest something different

A friend told me that her work Christmas party this year was going to be a very low key bbq at the boss’ place. Normally it’s at an expensive venue but one of the staff members has been diagnosed with a brain tumour and so the rest of the team decided to ask the boss to have a simple bbq and then donate the money the boss would have spent to their sick team mate.

Now that’s what I call a Christmas party!

What about you?

What are you planning for your work Christmas party this year?  Share your plans in the comments section below.

OR.. Share what would be the best Christmas Party for you if time and money were no object!


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