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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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Summer Pet Travel Tips for Vet Students

Posted by Cathy Barnette on July 8, 2019 at 9:54 AM

As a vet student, there are many reasons that you might have questions about traveling with pets. 

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Topics: Summertime, Pet Travel

Keep Your Cool When Managing Burns and Heatstroke in Veterinary Patients

Posted by Cathy Barnette on July 1, 2019 at 3:50 PM

It’s summertime! While you may be spending the next few months lounging at the beach or traveling to exotic, far-off locales, it’s more likely that you’re spending this summer working in a veterinary hospital.
Maybe you’re on clinical rotations at the vet school, or maybe you’re spending the summer at an off-campus job or externship… either way, there’s a good chance that you will see some heat-related emergencies in the next couple of months.
Two of the most common summertime emergencies are directly correlated with rising temperatures: thermal burns, in which the skin is exposed to extreme temperatures, and heatstroke, in which the whole body struggles to cope with elevated temperatures.
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Topics: Heatstroke, Burns, Summertime

Workplace Bullying: Coping Strategies for Vet Students

Posted by Cathy Barnette on June 17, 2019 at 9:00 AM

A 2017 study conducted by the Workplace Bullying Institute found that 19% of Americans have experienced bullying at work.(1) While you may think of bullying as something that only affects school-age kids, the reality is that this behavior can continue throughout adulthood. In the workplace, this bullying is often characterized by “repeated mistreatment” or “abusive contact” and can be associated with supervisors or coworkers.

Unfortunately, veterinary practices are not immune to bullying and this behavior can affect both vets and vet students. In fact, bullying appears to occur with above-average frequency in veterinary clinics and other medical settings!

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Topics: Workplace

Working with Vet Techs as a New Grad Vet

Posted by Cathy Barnette on June 10, 2019 at 4:27 PM


Working with vet techs as a new grad is a fine balance. Just a short time earlier, you worked alongside them as a technician or assistant… and now you’re suddenly the doctor. This is a big adjustment and can take some care to navigate.

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Topics: Veterinary Technicians

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