Archive for March, 2012

Conspicuous D.C.

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Observations and advice after 3 weeks in the city: 1. If you’re heading into a House or Senate building in the morning, leave extra time to make it through security – inevitably, every reporter, staffer, tourist, student, and visiting contituent will be in line ahead of you.  This is especially true on those days when [...]

A limitless profession

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Over the past week, I’ve witnessed inter-agency policy writing first hand, eaten farm fresh cheese at a European Union seminar, learned Varanid anesthetic protocol, and achieved a genuine comfort level with lobbying for AVMA issues on the Hill. I’ve also appreciated the true versatility and possibility of a veterinary degree in the hands of someone [...]

Highs and Lows

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Over the past few days the weather has gone from quite warm back to cool. The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) was in town last week and I was lucky enough to attend a few of their events. I have gained a lot of respect for pork producers and believe they are forward thinkers when [...]

Museums and markets

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

When the weekend rolls around, it becomes decision making time in D.C. – museums, theatre, shopping, parks, monuments, night life, restaurants… and the list goes on. Last Saturday was a gorgeous March day, with tulip magnolias, cherry blossoms, and freshly mulched gardens, crowded with flowering annuals, decorating the streets and parks; and lost and rambling tourists [...]

My First Day Lobbying

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

On Monday I started my meetings on Capitol Hill with office members of the Congressmen from Michigan and Virginia. I was really nervous, but everything went really well. All the people I met with seemed to support the AVMA positions. Today, I attended the Kansas-Missouri Forum. The attendees of the meeting represented a variety of [...]

The guts of government

Monday, March 19th, 2012

With more time spent at a desk during my second week in D.C., I’d have anticipated feeling less than busy; yet the week flew by, even so, with plenty to keep me occupied both in the office and out.  I had the unique opportunity to observe the nitty gritty detail work of inter-agency editing of a [...]

Northwest on foot

Friday, March 16th, 2012

Armed with a greater understanding of the city after my first week, I set out on a walking adventure last weekend, exploring the neighborhoods of Northwest D.C.  What better way to spend a Saturday then wandering around a new city, with no endpoint in mind?  I meandered down Connecticut, then detoured onto the National Zoo [...]

Week 2 in D.C.

Friday, March 16th, 2012

Happy Friday Everyone! Another week has flown by here in D.C. Earlier this week I started sending e-mails to the Agriculture Legislative Assistants on the staff of Representatives and Senators for Virginia and Michigan. Slowly but surely, I have received replies from people willing to meet with me. Tuesday Shoshana and I met with Dr. [...]

A whirlwind beginning

Monday, March 12th, 2012

It is incredible how a day spent running around the city in the thralls of political and social excitement can be so exhilarating. The past week has been a far cry from the scrub-clad exhaustion of clinical rotations as a third year veterinary student at Cornell University.

New Extern for March 2012

Friday, March 9th, 2012

Hello! My name is Jessica Watson and I am a 3rd year student at Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine. I am from Alexandria, VA so it’s great to be participating in such an amazing externship while staying at home. I cannot believe it is Friday already. This week has flown by! This week [...]