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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Vet Tech's Responsibilities: Treatment of Ethylene Glycol Toxicity

by Cathy Barnette - December 19, 2019 at 1:26 PM

You’re working in a small animal practice when a pet presents for antifreeze ingestion. The client is frantic, the veterinarian is hurriedly assembling a treatment plan, and the receptionist is trying to get a deposit.

What is your role in caring for this patient?

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Decontaminating the Exam Room and Home When a Pet Has Ringworm

by Cathy Barnette - November 25, 2019 at 4:15 PM

Ringworm is not a life-threatening condition, for humans or animals, but it can be a source of considerable stress and anxiety for both pet owners and veterinary team members! It’s easily spread and challenging to eliminate, so most of us will go to great lengths to avoid it. 

One of the most important facets of dealing with ringworm is environmental decontamination. Whether you’re cleaning an exam room after a patient with suspected ringworm or talking to a client about ringworm treatment, decontamination plays a crucial role.

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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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