Archive for April, 2010

The End of the Beginning

Friday, April 30th, 2010

Today is my last day here at the AVMA GRD, and it feels like I’ve only been here for 2 seconds.  My last week was packed with interesting meetings, as always.  Dr. Gail Golab was here for an animal welfare panel.  Dr. W. Ron DeHaven was here for a forum on the link between human [...]

Measuring Intangibles

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

How do we determine whether we are making a difference?  For many of us in the veterinary profession, our daily lives are surrounded by pretty concrete “measures” of what we are doing.  Is the cow milking better?  Did the cat’s renal values come down?  Quite frankly, all of us are very well trained to identify [...]

Changing Clothes, Not Careers

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

In 1972, the pen name James Herriot helped paint a very specific picture of a veterinarian practicing in the English countryside.  Now, this wasn’t the first book published about veterinarians and their lives (a quick search of the Library of Congress’ catalog would put that idea to rest), but it is one that has become [...]

Embracing Uncertainty

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

On March 23, 2010, I turned 29 years young.  Coincidentally, on that same day, President Barack Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) into law.  Although there are a select few that find my birthday to be of particular importance, I think even they will have to admit – no matter what [...]

Rebecca Meet Rodney

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

With the House and Senate back in session, there are a few more business suits mixed in with the backpacks and cameras.  My first meeting of the day was a fundraiser for a farmer from TN named Stephen Fincher.  Having never attended a fundraiser for a political candidate before, I was not sure what to [...]

Am I Allowed to Bring In Water?

Friday, April 9th, 2010

I’ve now had two more solo meetings on the Hill (with staff from the offices of Senator Kerry and Representative Neal).  Do I still get nervous?  Yes.  But now I have my trusty water bottle with me everywhere I go.  Why is this important?  Well, other than the fact that I’m a water-aholic, it symbolizes [...]

What Can My Voice Bring?

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

Day 3 of my AVMA GRD externship and I’ve already had my first solo meeting with the Agriculture Legislative Assistant at Representative John Olver’s office. I have done this type of visit once before when I was in town for an AVMA Legislative Advisory Committee meeting in October. At that time, I was part of [...]