The Savvy VetTech

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.
Find me on:

Recent Posts

Who is More Likely to be Injured at Work: A Firefighter or a Vet Tech?

by Cathy Barnette - May 12, 2021 at 9:35 AM

According to 2016 statistics, someone working full-time in the veterinary field has a 12% chance of sustaining a work-related injury or illness in any given year.1 This means that veterinary professionals are more likely to be injured at work than almost any other career, with the sole exception of residential care nursing!2

While firefighting may seem more hazardous at first glance, and firefighting injuries are probably more likely to be serious or fatal than veterinary injuries, firefighters have a 9.5% likelihood of being injured at work in any given year,2 which means they are 20% less likely to be injured at work in a given year than a full-time veterinary worker.

Read More

What is the Vet Tech’s Role in Preventing Financial Euthanasia?

by Cathy Barnette - April 9, 2021 at 12:08 PM

You’re working in your first job as a vet tech in a busy general practice, juggling a new puppy visit and a drop-off lameness workup, when a client comes rushing through the door with an emergency. Her Jack Russell Terrier, Jackie O., has just been hit by a car. One of your fellow vet techs rushes Jackie back to the treatment area for a triage exam, asking you to take Jackie’s owner into an exam room and get a brief history.

Read More
0 Comments

What Your Clients Might Not Know About Wellness Plans

by Cathy Barnette - April 1, 2021 at 11:06 AM

If you plan on working in small animal general practice, there’s a good chance you may someday find yourself in a practice that offers wellness plans. A 2015 survey found that 20% of the veterinary practices surveyed offered wellness plans as an option for their clients, although the exact number seems to fluctuate from year to year.1

Wellness plans are often touted as a way to help clients with budgeting, while increasing client compliance with preventive care recommendations. 

Read More
in client communication 0 Comments

Talking to Veterinary Clients About Dental Extractions

by Cathy Barnette - March 23, 2021 at 8:16 AM

Although dental extractions are a common, everyday procedure in many veterinary practices, they are also a frequent source of frustration for vets, vet techs, and clients. Learning to communicate with clients about extractions more effectively can help alleviate at least a portion of this stress, improving client compliance with these procedures. 

Read More

Addressing Client Misconceptions About Pet Insurance

by Cathy Barnette - March 19, 2021 at 9:38 AM

As you have probably already noticed during your time in vet clinics, high-quality veterinary care is expensive! We have the ability to perform a wide variety of advanced diagnostic tests and treatments for our veterinary patients, but not all clients can afford this level of care. Unfortunately, if clients can’t afford the diagnostics and treatments that we recommend, we can’t provide them… which means that all of the recent advances in veterinary medicine serve little purpose. 

Fortunately, there is a solution to this problem. In many cases, pet insurance can help! If we convince a client to purchase pet insurance while their pet is young, we are far less likely to find ourselves performing an economic euthanasia later in that pet’s life.

Read More
in Pet Insurance 0 Comments

Download Now

Ranked #21 of 100!

Popular Posts

Posts by Topic

see all