Dr. Barrett earned her DVM from Colorado State University. After graduating, she completed a year long internship at Oakridge Equine Hospital, in Edmond, Oklahoma. Dr. Barrett underwent a non-conforming radiology residency in order to particularly focus on equine diagnostic imaging. The residency was based at Colorado State but included training with multiple equine imaging experts in the US and internationally.
At the same time, Dr. Barrett obtained a master's degree through the Orthopaedic Research Center at CSU. After achieving diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Radiology, she stayed on at CSU as a special appointment faculty and later accepted a position as a tenure-track assistant professor of radiology. Dr. Barrett is the head of the equine diagnostic imaging service at CSU, which includes all modalities of clinical diagnostic imaging of horses, as well as training of diagnostic imaging residents, equine diagnostic imaging interns and fellows and equine sports medicine residents.
Dr. Barrett is also involved with canine sports medicine service to offer musculoskeletal ultrasound and MRI examinations of canine sports medicine patients. Dr. Barrett's primary research and clinical interests are equine musculoskeletal imaging and comparative imaging, and she works closely with the equine surgery and sports medicine services. In 2011, Dr. Barrett founded Inside Information Radiology, with her partner, Dr. Selberg and love the combination of private practice and academia. She has spoken at multiple large national meetings and is regularly involved in continuing education courses, including courses that draw an international audience. Dr. Barrett is dedicated to the advancement of the specialty of equine diagnostic imaging and is currently the president of the Large Animal Diagnostic Imaging Society, a subgroup of the American College of Veterinary Radiology.