Archive for September, 2011

A very positive experience :)

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Had such a great meeting today!  It really helps to reaffirm why this job exists, when you have such a positive meeting on the hill, with staffers that are truly interested in the issues that veterinary medicine faces.  It is also great when you are able to share statistics that illustrate how government programs have [...]

Squeezing in a blog post between meetings!

Monday, September 26th, 2011

The first three weeks of this externship have flown by!  From meetings up on the hill to talk about H.R. 1406, along with appropriations (a tough sell in a budget crunch), to talks on food production (how are we going to feed the world in the years to come?).  I think the biggest thing I’ve [...]

Celebrating Pets on Capitol Hill

Monday, September 26th, 2011

     I had the great honor of attending one of the most fun receptions on Capitol Hill last week: Pet Night! For a veterinary student in a city full of lawyers, this was right up my alley. The evening was hosted by the Animal Health Institute in honor of pets everywhere. There was a lavish [...]

Wowza!

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

     Tuesday has been one of the most exciting days of the externship so far. We started out the day at USDA-APHIS in College Park, Md. We had an excellent run down of all the governmental agencies and how they all fit together. There was even a quiz (for fun!); Lisa and I passed with [...]

Oh, the places you’ll go…

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

It’s hard to believe we are already working on week 3 of the externship. We wrapped up last week with three fantastic events. The first amazing event was the Congressional Reception to celebrate the 250th Anniversary of Veterinary Medicine. It was held in one of the House office buildings. We met several Senators and Congressmen [...]

Almost done with week two!

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

The second week on the externship is almost over!  Starting after the Labor Day holiday weekend made for a short and busy first week.  This externship has a lot more going on than I initially thought! We don’t just learn about AVMA’s legislative agenda and schedule meetings with members of Congress, we are also getting [...]

Living it up in D.C.

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Wow, it has been a whirlwind of a week! I arrived in D.C. one week ago, and I have been so busy. My fellow extern (Lisa Wolff) and I have been busy learning about PACs, LACs and everything in between. We’ve gotten a rundown of how Washington works, and we’ve learned the general dynamics of [...]