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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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Knowledge Check: 5 Medical Math Questions for Vet Students

Posted by Cathy Barnette on May 14, 2021 at 4:56 PM

While you may be able to use apps and online calculators for much of the math that you perform on a regular basis, the truth is that both the NAVLE® and your vet school courses will require you to understand how to perform a variety of calculations without those aids. 

Take this chance to test your knowledge!

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Topics: Vet Student, Math Questions

5 Tips to Reduce Your Waste Anesthetic Gas Exposure as a Veterinarian

Posted by Cathy Barnette on May 3, 2021 at 7:04 AM

We all know that anesthetic gas exposure has risks. Short-term effects of an acute waste anesthetic gas exposure may include a headache, fatigue, and nausea. Longer-term, however, the risks are even more severe. Inhalant anesthetics have been associated with neurologic changes, liver and kidney damage, reproductive disorders, hematopoietic issues, and even neoplasia. Waste anesthetic gas exposure may also pose a miscarriage risk in pregnant women, although this has not been definitively determined. 

In order to minimize these risks, it’s important for everyone on the hospital team to work to limit waste anesthetic gas exposure.

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Topics: Anesthetic Gas Exposure

Be Sure Your First Vet Job Is Not a Hazard to Your Health

Posted by Cathy Barnette on April 26, 2021 at 8:50 AM

If you have worked in more than just one or two veterinary practices, you have probably witnessed some unsafe work situations! I wish I could say that isn’t the case, but the reality is that the rate of injuries among veterinary employees is higher than the injury rate seen in the majority of other professions.1

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Topics: Veterinary Career

5 Tips to Make Your Veterinary Workday Less Painful

Posted by Cathy Barnette on April 19, 2021 at 6:42 AM

We all know that working in the veterinary field carries a certain risk of injury. In fact, 2016 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that veterinary medicine was second only to long-term care nursing in injury rates; in fact, veterinary employees have a higher rate of workplace injuries than people working in law enforcement or firefighting!1

Fortunately, our injuries are unlikely to be fatal. However, that doesn’t mean that we should become complacent or not take workplace injuries seriously. 

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