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Cathy Barnette

Cathy Barnette is a practicing small animal veterinarian, freelance writer, and contributor to XPrep Learning Solutions. She is passionate about both veterinary medicine and education, working to provide helpful information to veterinary teams and the general public. In her free time, she enjoys spending time in nature with her family and leading a Girl Scout troop.

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VIRMP®  Personal Statement: Dos and Don'ts

Posted by Cathy Barnette on September 8, 2019 at 6:30 PM

If you’re planning to pursue an internship or residency after vet school, you have probably already started working on your VIRMP® Application Packet. This packet, which is sent to each program to which you apply, contains your application form, transcripts, CV, letters of reference, and your personal statement.(1) 

The personal statement acts as a cover letter for your application packet. Its goal is to provide a better picture of you as an applicant.

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Topics: VIRMP

The Match: FAQs About the VIRMP

Posted by Cathy Barnette on September 3, 2019 at 9:18 AM
 
If you’re planning to pursue an internship after vet school, you’ve probably heard of the Veterinary Internship and Residency Matching Program, also known as “The VIRMP” or “The Match.” 
 
The VIRMP is designed to create an optimal match between internship/residency candidates and available programs.
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Topics: VIRMP

Managing Anxiety for the Biggest Test of Your Veterinary Career

Posted by Cathy Barnette on August 19, 2019 at 9:00 AM
 
 
If you’re like most 4th year vet students, you’re probably nervous about the upcoming NAVLE ®… and that’s okay! Having a small amount of test anxiety is a good thing, because it will motivate you to study and prepare, ensuring that you do your best. 
 
For some students, however, test anxiety can actually hurt their performance on high-stakes exams. This anxiety, often caused by fear of failure, can lead to physical, emotional, and behavioral/cognitive symptoms, (1) all of which can interfere with optimal test performance.  
 
So, what can you do to overcome test anxiety? There are actually a number of different strategies that you can use before and during the NAVLE ® to control your anxiety and help you perform your best.
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Topics: NAVLE, Stress Management, Test Taking Tips, 4th Year

Fourth-Year Vet Students, Are You Ready for NAVLE®?

Posted by Cathy Barnette on August 5, 2019 at 3:23 PM

If you’re a fourth-year vet student, you have probably (hopefully?!) already registered to take the NAVLE®during the November 18th - December 14th, 2019 testing window.

Guess what? 

That’s only 3-4 months away!!

Right now, stop what you’re doing.

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Topics: NAVLE, Vet Student, Vet School, Studying, 4th Year

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