Archive for August, 2008

DC-bound Pet Obesity Awareness Tour Aims to Turn Fat Pets Fit

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

If you’re in the DC area at the end of the month or the beginning of next month, make sure you stop by the Pet Fit Tour to find out how to keep your dogs and cats lean and mean. Scroll down for the DC-area times, dates and locations. Here’s the scoop: From August 28-September [...]

Spotlight: U.S.D.A. APHIS

Friday, August 15th, 2008

The United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service(USDA APHIS) is the agency within USDA that is charged with protecting American agriculture (http://www.aphis.usda.gov ). APHIS was founded in 1972, consolidating the plant and animal health bureaus under one roof. According to their website, APHIS’ broad mission area includes protecting and promoting U.S. [...]

The World is Your Oyster

Tuesday, August 12th, 2008

We are now in our second full week of the August Recess. We are enjoying the quiet time around Washington, D.C. Even though Congress is gone, the GRD staff is still working to advance the AVMA’s legislative agenda. The Congressional offices are still open, and it is a great time to visit with a relaxed [...]

Spotlight: FDA

Thursday, August 7th, 2008

Since we do not have AVMA Student Externs at the GRD in August, the GRD staff has taken over writing the blog for externsonthehill.com. We hope you enjoy our musings! We always seem to talk about the legislative side of Washington, DC, however, I would like to highlight some of the Executive Branch agencies that [...]

Summer in the City

Tuesday, August 5th, 2008

Greetings from DC. We are enjoying the August recess, when Congress goes home and the GRD staff can caught up with our work. We’ve had a busy Summer! The Farm bill passed in late May with language that gave the USDA 270 days to promulgate regulations for the National Veterinary Medical Service Act. This is [...]