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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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Helping Clients Understand “Old Dog Vestibular Syndrome”: A Vet Tech’s Role

by Cathy Barnette - February 24, 2020 at 9:02 AM


Imagine this scenario:
You’re working as a vet tech at your first job, just a few months after graduation. One morning, a client rushes into the clinic in a panic, on the verge of tears. 

“Help, I think Duke had a stroke! He seemed fine when I left to take the kids to school, but when I came home he was lying on the ground. He can’t even stand up without falling over! Can someone please help me bring him in?!”

You and your coworker get Duke, a 10 yo MN Labrador Retriever, from the car and carry him inside to an exam room. The client tells you that Duke had been acting completely normal.

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Neuro Exam for Small and Large Animal Patients: For Vet Techs

by Cathy Barnette - February 18, 2020 at 9:00 AM

While there are fundamental principles that hold true across all neurologic exams, there are also significant differences in how these examinations are executed, depending on the patient.

Understanding the basics of neurologic examinations in both small and large animals will improve your ability to assist with these examinations and/or perform them independently.

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Budgeting for Vet Tech Students

by Cathy Barnette - January 30, 2020 at 12:26 PM

Whether your income during tech school is coming from a job or coming from financial aid, it’s natural to feel financially squeezed at this time in your life. 

Although your funds may be limited, there are simple steps that you can take to minimize your financial stress and ensure that you start your career on firm financial footing. The most important of these steps is to set and follow a monthly budget. 

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Intergenerational Communication for Vet Techs

by Cathy Barnette - January 21, 2020 at 10:01 AM

As a vet tech, you will likely find yourself communicating with people from a wide variety of age groups. You’re probably already doing this in your vet tech coursework, to some extent, but the frequency of these cross-generational interactions will only increase as you begin your career. In addition to likely working with coworkers of different ages, you will likely spend a significant portion of your time interacting with clients from across the spectrum of age ranges and generations. 

No matter the context, an awareness of generational differences can help improve your communication with your colleagues and clients.

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Time Management Tips for Vet Tech Students

by Cathy Barnette - January 6, 2020 at 8:45 AM

If you’re like most vet tech students, you are probably trying to juggle a number of different responsibilities right now. Between your vet tech courses, a job, externships, pets, family, friends, and everything else going on in your life, it may seem like a huge challenge to stay completely on top of everything. 

So, how do you do it?

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