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Learn From My Mistakes When Interviewing for Your First Job After Vet School

Posted by Cathy Barnette on December 9, 2020 at 12:26 PM

When I graduated from veterinary school, I conducted what felt like a very thorough job search. I applied to a lot of practices and had a lot of telephone interviews. I asked a lot of questions during those telephone interviews and narrowed the field down to five practices, spread throughout the southeastern US.

I then made a whirlwind road trip, visiting each practice for an all-day “working” (observational) interview. After that trip, I narrowed it down to two choices. I made lists of pros and cons, reached out to former associates, and felt confident that I had made the right decision.

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Topics: Jobs, Interviews, Job Opportunities

Case Study: Respiratory Distress in a Pekingese

Posted by Cathy Barnette on November 30, 2020 at 1:37 PM

You're a new grad, working in a busy general practice on a hectic midsummer Friday afternoon. Between the hustle and bustle of back-to-back appointments (some of which are already double-booked), you hear a voice over the loudspeaker say “I need a tech to the front, STAT!” 

Realizing that an emergency has just come through the door, you head to the treatment area. The room that you were about to go into will just have to wait a few minutes longer… Hopefully, the client will understand!

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Topics: Respiratory Distress

Monitoring Critically Ill Patients as a New Grad Veterinarian

Posted by Cathy Barnette on November 23, 2020 at 10:29 AM

Pop Quiz: It’s the first day of your internship and you’re presented with a critically ill dog requiring hospitalization and a thorough workup. You haven’t yet figured out what’s wrong with the dog, but you want the techs to start it on maintenance fluids right away as you gather your thoughts and present a plan for the owner.

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Small Animal Blood Types and Crossmatching: A Review for Vet Students

Posted by Cathy Barnette on November 8, 2020 at 6:38 PM

As a veterinary student, you will likely learn about canine and feline blood types and crossmatching in extensive detail. Sometimes it can be a challenge, however, to distill this extensive knowledge down to the practical knowledge necessary to perform a blood transfusion. 

In general practice, the most important transfusion topics to comprehend are blood types and crossmatching. With an understanding of these topics, you can easily read and follow published step-by-step instructions on infusion volumes, infusion rates, and the other practical details of how to administer a blood transfusion. Without an understanding of blood types and crossmatching, however, even simplified step-by-step instructions may be inadequate to ensure a successful transfusion.

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Topics: blood types, small animal


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