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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The Vet Tech's Role in Post-Operative Care of Spay/Neuter Patients

by Cathy Barnette - March 18, 2019 at 1:11 PM

In most veterinary practices, the veterinarian performs several spays or neuters per day. Once the procedure is finished, the anesthetic gas is turned off, and the endotracheal tube is pulled, the patient is typically handed over to a vet tech for recovery. What does the post-op recovery process involve?
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Top 5 Benefits of Spay / Neuter: A Summary for Vet Techs

by Cathy Barnette - March 4, 2019 at 11:13 AM

Spay/neuter is an important component of puppy/kitten care and overall veterinary preventive medicine…but why?

There are multiple benefits to spaying and neutering veterinary patients, some of which may be obvious and some that are less obvious.

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Dental Radiology Conversation Starters for Vet Techs

by Cathy Barnette - February 18, 2019 at 9:00 AM
In most small animal practices, vet techs are key players in presenting dental treatment plans to clients. As you present these treatment plans, clients often have questions regarding the procedure, costs, expected recovery, and other factors. 

One common question, asked by many clients, is: “Does my pet   really need dental radiographs?”
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Presenting Dental Treatment Plans: 5 Tips for Vet Techs

by Cathy Barnette - February 4, 2019 at 9:00 AM

As a vet tech, you will likely be the one presenting treatment plans and cost estimates to your practice’s clients. In many cases, the veterinarian will recommend a treatment and give a brief overview, leaving you to discuss the details and provide an estimate of anticipated costs. 
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Study Smarter, Not Harder: 3 Learning Strategies for Vet Techs

by Cathy Barnette - January 23, 2019 at 9:00 AM
If you’re like most vet tech students, you probably spend a lot of time studying. How much thought have you given, though, to the actual process of learning?
Learning a new fact involves several components. First, information must be encoded, or ingested and organized for storage. Next, the information is stored in short-term or long-term memory. Finally, the information can be retrieved for use at a later time. 
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