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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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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

Mindfulness: Can it Help Vet Students and New Grads?

Posted by Cathy Barnette on May 28, 2019 at 12:25 PM

Do you ever experience stress as a vet student?

Do you expect to experience stress as a new grad veterinarian?

If you answer honestly, I suspect your answer to both of those questions is “yes.” You might even be looking for a way to incorporate stress reduction into your life, but it can sometimes be difficult to set aside time for involved, time-intensive stress-reduction practices like yoga classes or meditation retreats.

Fortunately, there’s a quick and easy approach, known as mindfulness, that has been proven to help reduce stress and anxiety... even in vet students!

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Topics: Stress Management

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

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