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Catherine Barnette, DVM

Catherine Barnette, DVM

Dr. Cathy Barnette is a small animal veterinarian with 13 years of clinical experience. She currently splits her time between part-time clinical practice and freelance writing, as well as serving on her county Board of Health. Her primary medical interests are preventive medicine and client education. She lives with her husband, daughter, three cats, one dog, and a pet dove. When she's not working or caring for animals, she can be found enjoying the outdoors or reading a good book.


  • Small animal veterinarian
  • Freelance veterinary writer
  • Board of Health veterinarian


Dr. Barnette spent 12 years in full-time small animal practice before decreasing her practice hours to part-time in order to have more time available as a freelance writer. She is an associate veterinarian at a corporate practice, with emphasis on wellness care for canine and feline patients. Her writing experience includes client education materials, blogs for veterinarians and veterinary tech students, college courses for veterinary tech students, and continuing education courses for veterinarians. In addition to contributing content to Great Pet Care, her work has been published by VCA Animal Hospital, VetPrep, and Dispomed.  


Dr. Barnette received her veterinary degree from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. She also has a bachelor’s degree in zoology from the University of Florida.