Archive for May, 2009

Veterinary Medicine: The Future Is Now

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

It’s easy to criticize those who are responsible for making the decisions that shape America’s future. I find myself doing this on occasion. But it turns out that the challenges facing our nation’s leaders are much more complex than we often make them out to be. Sometimes proposed policies that most rational Americans would support require [...]

Why this matters

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

When you’re running late for work, your kids are sick, and your car is still making that funny sound, you probably don’t have time to worry about the impact of the H1N1 virus on U.S. jobs and trade affecting our nation’s multi-billion dollar pork industry, that’s why you have us. If you are an everyday [...]

Back to Washington, D.C.

Friday, May 8th, 2009

You can have your New York state of mind. Ain’t nothing wrong with those jazzy beats on the train they call the city of New Orleans. I don’t even mind that LA sun shining down every single day of the year. But there’s a feeling you get on the DC metro heading into the city [...]

You better get here

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

The AVMA-GRD externship has markedly changed the way I view our profession. It answered many of my questions about the veterinary world beyond traditional private practice, but has left me with more questions than I originally started with. At every meeting, my introduction and future career goals changed because each veterinarian in D.C. would plant [...]

This experience has changed me

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

This experience has changed me. I entered as a naïve veterinary student trying to change the world, and now I’m leaving as a somewhat less naïve student trying to change the world. Throughout my month on the Hill, I met with Senators and Congressmen, lobbied on behalf of AVMA, spoke with veterinarians in governmental agencies, [...]

Here’s to an exciting and fast paced last week

Friday, May 1st, 2009

The past two weeks at AVMA-GRD have been a whirlwind tour! It seems bittersweet that we have only one week to go until the end of our four-week externship. I am happy to see family soon but am sad to leave because I finally feel like I have a good understanding for the issues I [...]