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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Compassion Fatigue: What Is It and How Do Vet Techs Deal?

by Cathy Barnette - May 21, 2019 at 9:37 AM

“So, you work in a vet clinic? That’s awesome… you basically just play with puppies and kitties all day, right?”

Ha! If only it were that easy...

Unfortunately, as you’ve probably already realized (or you’ll soon realize, if you haven’t yet spent time in a veterinary hospital!), there are aspects of the veterinary field that can be difficult to handle.

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Work-Life Balance & Wellness for Vet Techs

by Cathy Barnette - May 13, 2019 at 12:56 PM
 
 
If you’re in vet tech school, I can almost guarantee that you have a passion for animals. You’re probably excited to be embarking on your career and looking forward to throwing yourself into your work, helping as many pets as possible.

Unfortunately, the same characteristics that drew you to this field can make it a difficult one for many vet techs. 
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Top 3 Heartworm Preventatives for Vet Techs

by Cathy Barnette - April 15, 2019 at 9:00 AM
 
Heartworm prevention is a key part of keeping our small animal patients healthy. As a vet tech, you will play an important role in educating clients about heartworm prevention and helping them choose the best product for their pets.
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Talking to Clients about Heartworms: 5 Facts for Vet Techs

by Cathy Barnette - April 1, 2019 at 9:00 AM

Heartworm prevention is a vital component of small animal preventive care. Most of us in the veterinary field know this, because we understand the effects of the disease and may have even seen patients suffering from heartworms.

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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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