Barnes Joins Small Animal Orthopedics Team
Posted September 25, 2018
An avid hiker and lover
of all things outdoors, Dr. Kate Barnes traveled the United States
studying and working in veterinary medicine before making Texas
A&M University her home.
A Connecticut native, Barnes attended Ross University before
transferring to Oregon to finish her degree. After an internship in
Ithaca at Cornell, a residency at Virginia Tech, and working at
Louisiana State, Barnes has learned from and worked alongside some
of the very best in veterinary medicine.
In February, Barnes decided to make one more move. She now works
as clinical assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of
Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM).
“I’ve known about Texas A&M and the surgery department here
for a long time. The orthopedic unit has a really strong program
with a lot of great surgeons,” she said. “I was interested in
becoming a part of that and bringing in the experience that I’ve
had from other places, and so far, it’s lived up to all of my
Currently, Barnes works with Drs. Brian Saunders, Sharon Kerwin,
and Laura Peycke in small animal orthopedics. She credits the ortho
team for her easy, seamless transition to Texas A&M.
“Everybody on the ortho service team is very open and supportive
of each other, and the other services are the same way,” she said.
“If we have something that’s a bit unique and we need some input
from cardiology or soft tissue surgery, everybody is very open and
approachable. You never hear, ‘Oh this isn’t my case; I’m not
dealing with it.’ You get the feeling that we’re all in this
hospital working together toward the best health care possible for
our patients. We are a genuine team.”
“Our group worked for several years to secure another faculty
position to support our growing orthopedic service. We had a number
of very strong applicants for the position, but Dr. Barnes’
was clearly at the top of the list,” said Saunders, associate
professor of orthopedics at the Veterinary Medical Teaching
Hospital’s (VMTH) Small Animal Hospital (SAH).
“We were fortunate to successfully recruit and hire
her. She has strong interest in arthroscopy, minimally
invasive surgery, joint replacement, and limb deformities. She has
a passion for our patients, clients, students, and
interns/residents, and she’s already jumped in to help with our
ongoing and new clinical trials,” he continued.
“Dr. Barnes has already integrated with our team. She is
a tremendous colleague and an asset to the department and teaching
hospital as a whole.”
Because of her experiences with a variety of veterinary
colleges, Barnes encourages students to open themselves up to
different learning opportunities, whether they be close to home or
across the country.
“People do different things at different schools, especially in
other parts of the country, so it was really interesting to see how
a variety of surgeons, criticalists, and internists manage cases,”
Barnes said. “It also gives you a network of people all over the
country to contact and go over interesting cases.”
Although starting a new job can be a nerve-wrenching experience,
Barnes has felt welcomed by everyone at A&M, and she is happy
with her most recent career move.
“I have really enjoyed being here, and I have only been here for
a few months, but I feel like I have already settled in and been
here for a while,” she said. “The residents are amazing, and the
technical staff is unbelievable. It’s so nice to actually enjoy
coming to work. It makes the day that much easier.”
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