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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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Culture and Sensitivity of Otitis: Vet Student Questions, Answered

Posted by Cathy Barnette on January 18, 2022 at 6:47 AM

When I was in vet school, I was under the impression that I would be performing ear cultures on a semi-regular basis. After all, how else would I know if and when I was treating a resistant infection?

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Topics: Otitis

When Should You Recommend a TECA-BO?

Posted by Cathy Barnette on December 21, 2021 at 9:56 AM

A total ear canal ablation (TECA) refers to the surgical removal of the entire ear canal. This procedure is typically combined with a bulla osteotomy (TECA-BO), in order to clear the middle ear of infection and reduce the risk of abscessation. The inner ear is left intact. 

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Topics: Ears

Top 5 Dermatologic Diseases of Horses: A Review for Vet Students

Posted by Cathy Barnette on December 14, 2021 at 8:00 AM

Whether you’re targeting a career in equine medicine or simply hoping to pass the NAVLE®, it’s important to be familiar with common dermatologic diseases in equine patients.

Review these top five derm diseases of horses so you can be more prepared for exams and/or life as a practicing veterinarian. 

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Topics: Horses, Dermatologic Diseases of Horses

Diagnosis and Treatment of Canine Atopic Dermatitis: 10 Tips for Vet Students

Posted by Cathy Barnette on November 15, 2021 at 10:27 AM

Regardless of where you end up practicing veterinary medicine, you are likely to see a fair amount of canine atopic dermatitis. If you practice in an allergy hotspot, this is especially true!

When I used to practice in the Charlotte, NC area, there were weeks when over half of my canine patients were presenting for skin issues. Given the prevalence of allergic dermatitis in dogs and the headaches inherent in explaining, diagnosing, and treating atopy, it’s important to feel comfortable with this condition. 

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Topics: Dermatology, Atopic Dermatitis

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