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Increasing Awareness

Monday, June 30th, 2008

Given my interest in infectious disease and outbreak issues, I arranged a visit to the Emergency Preparedness and Response division of USDA Animal and Plant and Health Inspection Service in Maryland. This division handles many levels of disease outbreak investigations from writing preparedness plans to modeling on-the-ground incident response work. Despite my visit occurring on [...]

Back in Action!

Friday, June 27th, 2008

   I am once again pounding the pavement around the Capitol! I always enjoy meeting with veterinarians in public office, and Senator Allard (veterinarian, Colorado) was able to spare a few minutes today to discuss his career and the many avenues of veterinary medicine. While on the Hill, I also arranged a few minutes to [...]

Down for the Count But Not Out…

Wednesday, June 25th, 2008

Unfortunately, Erin was out sick yesterday so she was unable to blog, but I am sure that as soon as she is back she will be here in the office, up on the Hill, at fundraisers, and blogging all about it. However, in the mean time, I wanted to share some information on how you [...]

New Day, New Building, New Issue

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

Despite spending the past two weeks on the Hill and claiming to be a northern Virginia native, I still find myself searching for the senate and house office buildings on certain days. It is a good thing I always allow for extra time! Today was no exception, as it was my first visit to the [...]

How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.

Friday, June 20th, 2008

How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.  ~Carol Sobieski and Thomas Meehan, Annie As I am packing up to head back to Florida, I am ready to be back in “my world”  with Dave (my fiance), Madeline (the Jack Russell Terrier) and all the other kids I left behind; [...]

The Many Roads of Veterinary Medicine

Friday, June 20th, 2008

After an evening at the Washington Convention Center with President Bush and his colleagues, Tonya and I took a break from the city and headed up to Maryland to visit with veterinarians employed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Continuing with our theme of meeting folks in non-traditional veterinary positions, we were exposed to [...]

Dinner with the President

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

Washington is an awesome city where anything is possible.  Yesterday, we (the externs) thought the day would include listening to the opposing arguments of the fate of the unwanted horse in the United States, and ended up  attending the  “Dinner with the President”.  At first, Erin and I thought that the “president” we were having [...]

It’s a Small World After All

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

If you’ve had the privilege (or to others horror) of attending Walt Disney World and experiencing the renowned “It’s a Small World” ride, you’ve heard (and probably have permanently burned into your brain) the entire song.  My time in DC has proven this tune to ring true.  While in Washington, I’ve seen a cattleman from Kissimmee in the Capitol [...]

Seeing New Perspectives

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

Although my background is primarily in research and small animal medicine, I am taking advantage of every opportunity to study the current issues facing other aspects of veterinary medicine as I feel it will give me a better understanding of the field as a whole. On Monday, I observed a policy meeting with the American [...]

Opportunity is everywhere…

Friday, June 13th, 2008

Prior to arriving on the Hill, I had told colleagues that I felt I would either really enjoy or strongly dislike this externship. Fortunately, the former opinion prevailed, and I am having an amazing experience. Each day brings new opportunities, and I am able to impact veterinary medicine by raising awareness of issues currently facing [...]

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