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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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Video: How to Prepare for the O.R.

by Cathy Barnette - August 24, 2022 at 2:45 PM

Stepping into an operating room for the first time may seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be! You already have all of the technical knowledge necessary to prepare an operating room successfully, but there are some nuances that you don’t want to forget.

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Top 3 Cardiac Medications for Small Animal Vet Techs

by Cathy Barnette - April 29, 2022 at 8:19 AM

As you have likely noticed in your pharmacology courses, there is a long list of cardiac medications that can be used to treat a wide variety of cardiac conditions. 

If you find yourself working in veterinary cardiology, you will likely become familiar with many of these medications.

If you opt to work in general practice, though, you really only need to be  highly familiar with a handful of cardiac medications. While you may occasionally encounter patients taking other medications, it will likely be rare enough that you can consult a reference as needed.

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Controlled Drug Logs: FAQs for Vet Techs

by Cathy Barnette - April 18, 2022 at 8:29 AM

While controlled drug logs are primarily the responsibility of the veterinarian (after all, it’s their DEA license that’s associated with the controlled drug box), many vet techs also play a role in logging controlled drugs.

If your responsibilities include anesthesia and/or surgery, you will likely be handling controlled drugs on a regular basis, and you will need to log them accordingly. 

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Tracing the Flow of Blood Through the Heart: A Summary for Vet Techs

by Cathy Barnette - March 28, 2022 at 10:37 AM

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so here’s a helpful image: 

This particular image is relatively useless at first glance, because it contains a lot of information. If you take the time to actually trace the flow of blood through the heart, however, it can be very helpful!

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Medical Math for Vet Techs: A Lidocaine CRI Case Study

by Cathy Barnette - March 22, 2022 at 10:29 AM

A 9 yo MN mixed breed dog, weighing 72 pounds (32.7 kg), presented for a recent onset of panting, shortness of breath, weakness, and episodes of syncope. On physical examination, the dog’s heart rate was 160 bpm, his mucous membranes were pale, and his pulses were weak and thready. An ECG was immediately performed. On the ECG, the veterinarian noted an absence of P waves accompanied by wide and bizarre QRS complexes. Based on the ECG findings, the dog was diagnosed with ventricular tachycardia.

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