Archive for September, 2012

Keeping An Open Mind

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

This week Kristin (my fellow extern) and I made a visit to the Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM), which is a branch of the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA).   The CVM regulates the manufacture and distribution of food additives and drugs that will be given to animals. This can include food additives, drugs for [...]

Furry Celebrities in DC

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Who doesn’t love to have his or her picture taken with a celebrity?  Personally, I think the best celebrities are four-legged and furry.  On Thursday night, I had the opportunity to attend Animal Health Institute’s (AHI) Pet Night on Capitol Hill.  This event occurs once a year and welcomes members of Congress, staff and other [...]

Week Two in DC!

Friday, September 21st, 2012

Well here I am, at the end of my second week with AVMA GRD. I have to say that even though I expected this to be a great month it is far exceeding my expectations. From going to a meeting at the National Press Club to learn about the state of international agriculture policy to [...]

A Historical Weekend

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

This weekend gave me the opportunity to experience the eclectic mix of activities Washington, D.C. has to offer.  Growing up in the Philadelphia area has provided me with many historical landmarks and tours, including the Liberty Bell, the National Constitution Center, Independence Hall, and Betsy Ross’s house.  Even with this background it was a nice [...]

Starting out on the Hill!

Friday, September 14th, 2012

  It is crazy how fast this first week in Washington has gone by. When I first got here I thought things would be a little slow as we (Dana, the other extern and I) got ourselves organized and set up some meetings, but that is not how it has gone. As you can tell [...]

Knowledge is Power

Friday, September 14th, 2012

Hello everyone!  My name is Dana Koch and I’m a 4th year veterinary student at the University of Pennsylvania and the current AVMA-GRD extern for September-October.  I was warned that my time here would fly-by, but I didn’t realize how busy and fun this first week would be!  I felt very welcomed by the amazing GRD [...]