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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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Your Vet School Financial Aid is in the Bank: Now What?

Posted by Cathy Barnette on January 20, 2020 at 10:15 AM

It’s the beginning of the semester and your financial aid money has (hopefully!) been deposited into your bank account. Now you need to figure out how to make that money last through the end of the semester, until you receive your next financial aid deposit or start a job. 

If you’re like many people, receiving large sums of money on an infrequent basis makes budgeting a bit challenging. How do you avoid overspending at the beginning of the semester? How do you ensure that you’ll have enough money to get through the entire semester?

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Topics: Vet School, Veterinary School, Financial Aid

Communication Across Generations for Vet Students

Posted by Cathy Barnette on January 6, 2020 at 8:45 AM

As a vet student, and eventually as a veterinarian, you will spend a significant amount of time interacting with people from different generations. Intergenerational conflicts may arise in interactions with your classmates or professors, in dealing with your employer or coworkers at your first job, and in client interactions.

No matter the context, being aware of generational differences in communication can help improve your conversations with colleagues and clients.

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Topics: Communication

Controlling the Chaos of Vet School

Posted by Cathy Barnette on January 3, 2020 at 9:02 AM

Your list of responsibilities during vet school probably seems endless. First, there are classes and studying. Next, there are probably some extracurricular activities. You may have a part-time job. Then there are your pets, your significant other, your friends, your family, laundry, cooking, eating, keeping your home in somewhat livable condition... and the list goes on and on.

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Topics: Vet Student, Vet School

Equine and Cattle Winter Hazards for Vet Students

Posted by Cathy Barnette on December 23, 2019 at 1:19 PM

While companion animals are certainly susceptible to some winter hazards, plunging temperatures pose a special risk to livestock. These animals are typically housed outdoors, where they are exposed to cold temperatures and changing weather conditions.

Therefore, it is essential that their owners take active measures to keep them safe during the winter months.

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Topics: Equine, Cattle, Winter Hazards

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