Archive for October, 2011

Farewell DC!

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Has it truly been four weeks?  I feel as though I only arrived in DC yesterday, yet here I am cleaning out my office and trying desperately to fit everything back into my suddenly too small suitcase.  It’s a bittersweet final day here at the GRD office as I make my final goodbyes and prepare [...]

The ABC’s of Washington DC.

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Always have an umbrella and galoshes. Better learn your acronyms. Coffee. The three basic tips that permit survival in Washington DC. It rains a lot – and particularly when you are no where near a metro stop. Acronyms are thrown around casually during conversation and typically make up half the dialogue. And coffee, well, coffee [...]

We’re Half Way There!

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Two dazzling weeks in and just two more to go!  It’s hard to believe my time here is halfway finished.  Each day flies by in a flurry of activity and bustling about the city.  And every night when I collapse across my bed and think about all the amazing things I’ve been a part of, [...]

GRD Externships Application Deadline October 14

Friday, October 7th, 2011

The AVMA is currently accepting applications for ten 2012 Governmental Relations Externships. The deadline for submission is October 14. The AVMA Extern program pairs talented veterinary students together with the AVMA Governmental Relations Division for a four-week program that introduces Externs to the breadth of public policy issues facing the profession and provides hands-on lobbying [...]

Sweet Home Alabama and My Old Kentucky Home

Friday, October 7th, 2011

My first week as an extern began a little untraditionally compared to previous extern experiences.  Rayne, my extern partner in crime, and I were fortunate enough to arrive just in time for the first annual AVMA Fly-In.  Along with various members of the AVMA from across the nation, we were briefed on critical legislative issues [...]

For the veterinary environmental junkies…

Friday, October 7th, 2011

When I first looked at this externship as a possibility, my initial instinct was “this sounds like a lot of paperwork.” But I had heard from other students that it was one of the most unique experiences they had during their student veterinary career and I was curious. I applied, was accepted, and now have [...]