Archive for May, 2010

The Finale: Veterinarians and Lawmakers

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

State House OKs ‘Susie’s Law’ to toughen cruelty penalty Bill to muzzle barking dogs fails Mistreat animals, get stiffer penalties Council to mull dog rules Pet Parade: A dog owners’ nightmare State Law Requires Dogs, Cats to Receive Rabies Booster Ever 3 Years ND Cattle Brand Inspection Fee to increase Doyle vetoes raw milk bill [...]

One Health

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

Representing the AVMA this past Monday, I participated in a Joint Subcommittee on Ocean Science and Technology (JSOST) Interagency Working Group on Harmful algal blooms, Hypoxia, and Human Health hosted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Participating organizations also included the AAVMC, USGS, NIH NIEHS, CDC, USAID, and MMC. Marguerite Pappaioanou, DVM, co-author on ”Sustaining Global [...]

On the Hill

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

In my previous posts I have neglected to really focus on what I have been spending most of my time doing while down here in D.C. Thus far, I have had meetings with 7 of the 18 Representatives’ offices from Pennsylvania (and have scheduled an additional 5). Although I discussed lobbying in a previous post, [...]

Public Practice

Monday, May 17th, 2010

USDA For those of you that don’t know me, I am interested in working for a federal agency upon graduation from veterinary school.  Only about 75 of the 2,600 veterinarian students graduating annually consider working for a federal agency.  It is predicted that more than 510 Federal veterinarians will be eligible for retirement within the [...]

Lobbying: Lessons

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

Library of Congress It’s been almost a week since my last post and plenty has happened. This week’s key lesson is a difficult one to put into words, but it stems from many Americans’ view of lobbying. Many, including myself, hear the word “lobby” or “lobbyist” and instantly have a bad taste in their mouth. However, [...]

D.C. Coincidences

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

After another incredible day, I felt the need to post and share how great this externship experience can be for veterinary students. Yesterday morning, Gina and I went to a fundraiser breakfast along with a number of agricultural focused groups. We met with Representative Schrader of Oregon who is the only veterinarian currently in the [...]

Reptiles in the House!

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

My first week here in Washington has been exciting and of course, it has been HOT. It is quite surprising to notice how many people are not sweating walking around, despite wearing full suits. Unfortunately, I am not one of those privileged individuals, so this is a learning experience. I will need to modify my [...]