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The value of your voice.

Sunday, April 28th, 2013

Every single day billions of words come pouring out of mouths of people all over the world. From meaningless babble, words of sympathy,  or expressions of excitement and joy, the words we choose and the phrases we form dictate the person that people see. We see so much in the news today about how the [...]

“The Hill” is Not Too Far From Home

Friday, April 26th, 2013

Plaque displayed at the USDA headquarters Wednesday was Spencer and I’s first opportunity to speak with a few Representatives.  We joined in with three of the assistant here at GRD, Dr. Whitney Miller, Dr. Ashley Morgan, and Gina Luke.  It was a fantastic opportunity for Spencer and I to listen in and hear about the [...]

From Flatlands to the Hill…

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Hello, everyone, and welcome to this little blog post about our time with AVMA-GRD. I am very glad that you have decided to continue reading as new interns rotate through the program. For me this is proving to be an experience that I would say every veterinary student should partake in… and it is only [...]

A Different Side to the Profession

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Hello!  My name is Stacey Bunting and I am a fourth year at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine.  Thank you for joining in on my journey during my AVMA Governmental Relations externship!  I am only two days into the externship and I can already tell that this month will be filled will [...]

So long, farewell, until we meet again

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Even though my externship officially ended on Friday at 5 pm, I decided to stay in the city a bit longer since I have an off block for the next two weeks. Lucky me! Or unlucky, depending on how you look at it. My four weeks here were technically the start of my fourth year [...]

It’s been real.

Friday, April 19th, 2013

My bags are (not) packed and I am (not) ready to go. Alas, I must. Let me tell you, I had NO idea how much there was to learn before getting here, and getting only this four week taste of it has made me much hungrier for more. I wrote a summary report to give [...]

Federal budgeting

Friday, April 19th, 2013

Earlier this week I attended an Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies House Appropriations subcommittee hearing, led by Chairman Robert Aderholt, R-AL 4th District with primary witness Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture. I don’t consider myself particularly economically inclined. Reading about the rise and fall of the stock market leaves me with more [...]

GRD Externship by the Numbers

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Tomorrow is my last day.  Naturally I started reviewing the last 4 weeks with the AVMA-GRD externship, and I always like the exercise of looking at the numbers: 20 – weekdays of service 24 – veterinarians I met who were in federal agencies, interest organizations, fellowships, universities, and/or think tanks 2 – giant pandas seen [...]

“Laws Don’t Matter”

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Believe it or not, I thought laws didn’t matter for about 67% of my life.  I mean, I got that it was illegal if I steal your donut, or punch a cat, or murder someone. It was more that I thought that any federal legislation was well outside the realm of what affected me on [...]

Field trips

Sunday, April 14th, 2013

I wish every vet student could experience these four weeks in D.C. I am extremely grateful to be able to participate in this externship, as I have come in contact with some very cool people! Everyone seems very willing to talk to impressionable young vet students. On Thursday, Zach and I visited the FDA Center [...]

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