Archive for September, 2010

World Veterinary Year

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Today is the start of our last week in DC. The externship experience has been absolutely fantastic. It has been an unparalleled experience learning legislative policy first hand by working on Capitol Hill. It’s a great contrast to clinical blocks like small animal medicine to spend a month in DC working in a completely different [...]

The AVMA GRD Externship – You should apply!

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Hi Everyone, As I begin my last week here in DC at the GRD office I wanted to put in a HUGE plug for this externship.  This has been about the most unique experience I could have imagined and a great adventure.  To a large degree this is a self-made externship that is purely based [...]

The meetings!

Monday, September 27th, 2010

It’s already been a week and a half since my last blog post!  I can’t believe how fast time flies, but I guess that’s DC, the political capitol of the world for you.  No wonder the politicians never seem to get anything done.  Between morning and evening receptions with lawmakers, meetings on the Hill and [...]

Food Security

Monday, September 20th, 2010

We are already into the third week of our AVMA externships here in the district.  Congress is back in session today, and we will be attending the subcommittee hearing on the Wright county egg recall involving Salmonella enteritidis on Thursday.  Food safety, along with animal welfare and environmental impact, seem to be the prevailing trends [...]

First days in DC!

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

My first week at the AVMA GRD just flew by. Since Congress was not in session, my first week was mainly spent scheduling meetings with the agriculture legislative assistants for California representatives and our two Senator’s, Barbara Boxer and Diane Feinstein. The rest of my time was spent figuring out the ins and outs of [...]