Archive for September, 2009

National Academy of Sciences briefing on global zoonotic disease surveillance

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Last week, I had the incredible opportunity to attend a public briefing on the report entitled “Sustaining Global Surveillance and Response to Emerging Zoonotic Diseases”. The report was written and presented by a National Academy of Sciences committee. The members of the committee included experts from human and veterinary medicine as well as public health. [...]

My Last Day

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

Today is more or less my last day as an extern. And while I’m saddened at the thought of leaving, I am completely thrilled with how my time has been. Today is an especially good day as I was able to meet my U.S. Representative this morning and am getting a tour of the FDA [...]

Week 3 at the GRD

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

Week 3 at the GRD has been the busiest one yet. We have had countless meetings with Senate and House staffers to lobby for H.R. 3519 (the Veterinary Services Investment Act). I think I have been in the office for a total of about one hour for the past three days! The VSIA is going [...]

I Lobbied a Little Yesterday, No Big Deal

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

The Hill was alive yesterday with the sound of lobbying (Yes, that was a “Sound of Music” reference and I’m not proud of it). Yesterday was my first day to lobby a staffer for a member of Congress. It was a phenomenal experience and one which I figured I would share with the readers of [...]

My first solo lobbying experience

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

Today, I had another one of those “push yourself beyond your comfort zone” kind moments. I went to Representative Latta’s office (from Ohio) to talk about the Veterinarian Services Investment Act (VSIA, H.R. 3519) and about appropriations for NVMSA, FARAD, P.L. 95-113 (Formula Funds for Animal Health Diseases Research) and NRSP-7 (National Research Support Program). It [...]

A Capitol Day, and One for Reflection

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

After a whirlwind weekend of flying to Chicago and back (from a meeting at the AVMA Headquarters in Schaumburg), I am still trying to catch up on many things, including my blog entries. I will try to recap today what I meant to write at the end of last week! On Friday, I spent the [...]

My Meeting with Senator Hutchison

Friday, September 11th, 2009

Yesterday I met with the senior senator from Texas, Kay Bailey Hutchison (R). She is a well-known name in Texas politics and may soon be the next governor. She is the first of my elected representatives that I was able to meet during my externship, and it was a great and somewhat humorous experience. Every [...]

First two days in Washington

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

Today is my second day as an extern at the GRD, and I have already been thoroughly impressed by Washington D.C.! It is amazing to be in the city that is at the center of power not only of our country, but of the world. I feel very honored and humbled to be here with the AVMA [...]

I Didn’t Play Solitaire Today

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

Some of you may have seen a picture circulating of two members of the Connecticut legislature playing soliatire on their laptops during a debate on the floor. If you are like me, you were both amused and disappointed at the same time. I know we have all sat through meetings or presentations where we wished we [...]

Another First Day on the Hill

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

Tuesday was my first day, and as a first day treat, I had the privilege of delivering letters to various members of the Senate and House concerning funding for such acts as the National Veterinary Medical Service Act, and the Food Animal Residue Avoidance Databank (FARAD). It was the most enjoyable errand running experience I [...]