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.
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Educating Clients About Antibiotic Resistance: Your Role as a Vet Tech

by Cathy Barnette - November 4, 2019 at 3:56 PM
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Tattoos & Piercings: A Good Idea for Vet Techs?

by Cathy Barnette - September 23, 2019 at 10:19 PM

Tattoos and piercings have become increasingly common in recent years… if you have one, you’re probably in good company!

In fact, a 2010 study by the Pew Research Center found that nearly 40% of millenials have tattoos, with approximately 7% of millenials having six or more tattoos.(1) Additionally, nearly 25% of millennials have a piercing somewhere other than an earlobe.(1)

These numbers reflect a significant increase in tattoos and piercings, compared to earlier generations. But, in many situations, it is individuals from older generations who own and run veterinary practices. This may lead you to wonder whether it will be easy to find a vet tech job with piercings or tattoos.

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Top 8 Resume Tips for Your First Job as a Vet Tech

by Cathy Barnette - September 11, 2019 at 10:40 AM

As you approach the end of your schooling, you’re probably about to start looking for your first job as a vet tech. Whether you find potential employers through advertisements or word of mouth, there is a good chance that you will need to submit a resume at some point during the application process. Start working on your resume now, so that you have it available when an opportunity arises!

Follow these 8 tips to create a resume that will help you land your ideal first job as a vet tech.

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VTNE Test Day: What Every Vet Tech Student Should Expect

by Cathy Barnette - August 26, 2019 at 11:31 AM

You have made it through vet tech school and now the VTNE® is the last hurdle standing between you and your new career. You’ve heard about the exam, and you may have already started studying for it, but how much do you really know about the VTNE®?

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Is Your VTNE® Registration Checklist Complete?

by Cathy Barnette - August 12, 2019 at 8:57 PM

Most states use the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE®) as an entry test for credentialing veterinary technicians. Before beginning your career as a vet tech, you will probably need to take (and pass!) this exam.

The next VTNE® testing window is from November 15th - December 15th, 2019. If you want to take the test during that time, you will need to submit an application during the August 15th - October 15th registration window.

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