Archive for March, 2011

Lobbying on Capitol Hill

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Once upon a time, I believed that “lobbying” was a bad thing, something that only radical groups with lots of money did to sway people’s opinions.  Then I started this externship, and next thing I knew, I was one of “them”, visiting Capitol Hill and lobbying Congressmen on behalf of the AVMA. Did you know [...]

Elephant Welfare

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Well somehow it is already my last week here at the AVMA GRD!  I guess time really does fly when you are having fun! Last Friday I had the opportunity to go behind the scenes at the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus to learn about their animal care and handling.  I am happy [...]

Elephants on Parade!

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

It’s not every day that you get to see elephants, especially parading through the National Mall in Washington, D.C., but today I did!  Plus horses, donkeys, clowns, and even a cow!  The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus has arrived in the city, and all of the animals paraded from the train station to [...]

Exploring DC

Monday, March 21st, 2011

Although it may seem like the AVMA keeps me busy 24/7, I have actually had plenty of time to explore the city while I have been here!  My first weekend in town, I visited all of the monuments on the National Mall - the Washington Monument, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam [...]

Congressional Hearing

Friday, March 18th, 2011

Hello everyone!  The second week of my AVMA externship is almost over – and I have barely sat at my desk the entire time! On Wednesday morning, I attended a subcommittee hearing with the USDA Research, Education, and Economics Division in the House Committee on Appropriations.  For those of you who have never entered one of the [...]

Ag Week 2011

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

Let’s celebrate AGRICULTURE!  This week is National Agriculture Week 2011, which means lots of events related to Ag are occurring on the Hill.  Every event I have attended this week has been related to agriculture.  Who knew that so much talk about farming would be occurring in the middle of the city! On Monday, I [...]

Weekend Fun

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

This past weekend I was fortunate to meet up with one of my classmates, Justin Nowowiejski who is in the area doing an externship with the Army Pathologists. We met outside the Woodley Park Metro stop and grabbed coffee and breakfast sandwiches at a cafe across the street before heading off to the National Zoo. [...]

Feeding America

Monday, March 14th, 2011

Week two at the AVMA GRD office – I already have so many exciting events and meetings planned!  This city has so much stuff to see and do, and this weekend I took full advantage of that!  Some friends from home were in town, so we spent the weekend being tourists.  We saw all of [...]

The Other Side

Friday, March 11th, 2011

Well,l somehow I have been at the AVMA GRD office for one week already!  These four weeks are going to fly right by me, though I must say the first week was a success!  I have met numerous people, including veterinarians, and several Members of Congress, and I have been all over the city.  I [...]

It’s a Small World

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

It’s only my second day here at the AVMA Govermental Relations Division office, and already I have met veterinarians everywhere!  Yesterday started with a brief tour and orientation, then right away I was asked to sit in on a Strategy Meeting of the Assistant Directors of the AVMA GRD Office.  Next was a lunch meeting [...]