Archive for July, 2012

The Importance of Advocacy (a soapbox blog)

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

     Yesterday the GRD office hosted a meeting between several folks from the Food Animal Residue Avoidance Databank (FARAD) and Noah Engelberg, the Program Examiner, Agriculture Branch, Office of Management and Budget in the Executive Office of the President. I was able to sit in on this meeting, which endeavored to convince Mr. Engelberg to [...]

Another Busy Week!

Friday, July 27th, 2012

Again, I can’t believe that another week is over! The later part of this week has been especially fun because I was able to get into the offices of Senator John McCain (from my home state of Arizona), and Representative Martha Roby (from my local state of Alabama) to advocate for the AVMA. I decided [...]

Maybe I’m interested in lab animal medicine?

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

In one word, my experience at the NIH campus today was AWESOME. I first met with Dr. Patricia Brown, who took me out to her office at the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare. After talking with her about her position and the general responsibilities of OLAW, she introduced me to several other veterinarians in the [...]

Meetings, meetings, and more meetings

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

This morning I attended a breakfast with Dr. Mark Lutschaunig, AVMA-GRD Director, for Senator Ben Cardin, of Maryland. Also in attendance at this event were representatives of many other medical professions, all who expressed their concerns about healthcare reform to Senator Cardin. I was impressed by the gravity with which Senator Cardin considered those concerns, [...]

Gorillas, oh my

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Today I had the opportunity to visit the World Wildlife Fund’s headquarters and listen to two women representing a group called Art of Conservation speak about conservation efforts for the Mountain Gorilla occurring in Rwanda. This organization educates children through school programing on topics of health, conservation, and citizenship. Though neither speaker mentioned the One [...]

Wait, I only have 20 days left?!

Monday, July 16th, 2012

In setting up meetings last week and planning my ‘to-do’ list for the next few weeks I came to a startling realization last night; I only have 20 days left in town! That seems outrageous considering the amount I want to accomplish, and how busy I have been.  This weekend I had the opportunity to [...]

The Beginning: What a Week!

Friday, July 13th, 2012

I can’t believe it’s already the end of my first week at the GRD! I’ve been so busy getting to know the office and scheduling meetings that the time really has flown by.   On Wednesday I attended the House’s Farm Bill mark-up. This event was so popular that the overflow room overflowed, which I [...]

New Online Debt Management Tool for Students

Friday, July 13th, 2012

The U.S. Department of Education has released a new online interactive loan counseling tool to help students manage their debt. The Financial Awareness Counseling Tool aims to provide students with basic financial management information, such as their current loan debt and estimates of debt levels when interest accrues after graduation.  The tool provides students with five interactive tutorials on [...]