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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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Ask the Right Questions: Minimizing Ethical Dilemmas as a New Grad Vet

Posted by Cathy Barnette on May 13, 2019 at 1:47 PM
 
 
Veterinary medicine is a profession that’s rife with ethical dilemmas. Whether it’s a sick pet whose owner cannot afford treatment, or a client who declines monitoring for a life-or-death medication, you will be faced with tough decisions on a regular basis. 
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Topics: Ethical Dilemmas

"Slow-Kill" Heartworm Treatment: Myths and Misconceptions

Posted by Cathy Barnette on April 15, 2019 at 8:11 AM

In a perfect world, every dog with heartworms would be treated according to the American Heartworm Society’s recommended protocol: doxycycline and a macrocyclic lactone, followed by three injections of melarsomine (adulticide).
 
Unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect world and the cost of heartworm treatment leads many clients to consider alternatives.
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False Negative Heartworm Tests and Heat Pretreatment: Info for Vet Grads

Posted by Cathy Barnette on April 8, 2019 at 9:00 AM
 
As a new grad, you may occasionally run across reports of heartworm infections that are resistant (or thought to be resistant) to heartworm prevention. Heartworm resistance became a hot topic in the early 2000s, when several cases were discovered.
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Topics: Heartworm

Heartworm Resistance: Fact or Fiction?

Posted by Cathy Barnette on April 1, 2019 at 9:03 AM

As a new grad, you may occasionally run across reports of heartworm infections that are resistant (or thought to be resistant) to heartworm prevention. Heartworm resistance became a hot topic in the early 2000s, when several cases were discovered.

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Topics: Heartworm

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