Archive for February, 2010

The World Is Yours

Friday, February 26th, 2010

As my time here in Washington comes to a close, I reflect on all of my great experiences as an AVMA government relations extern.  I was able to meet with staff from many of the senators and congressmen from the great state of Florida about the Veterinary Services Investment Act and the Federal Loan Repayment [...]

In Matters of Diversity, Does Diversity Matter?

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

When you think of diversity, what comes to mind? Race? Gender? Culture? Religion? Sexual orientation?  Maybe you thought of one or two of these things that distinguish us from one another, but truthfully, all of these factors make us all unique in our own ways.  Now think of diversity in veterinary medicine.  Looking around in [...]

Not a Democrat. Not a Republican. Just a Veterinarian

Thursday, February 4th, 2010

My first few days serving as the AVMA-GRD extern for the month of February coincided with the annual SAVMA Lobby Day.  At this two-day event, I, along with 63 other vet students, got a crash course on a variety of subjects such as how bills are created, passed through Congress, and eventually becomes law (or [...]

Anything is Possible

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Hello all! So I am writing this after experiencing possibly the pinnacle of my short life. Allow me to explain. Well, I met with the Legislative Assistant for Congressman Carnahan last week. While I was there one of the Staff Assistants asked if I had been to the White House yet. I answered, “No, I [...]