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Leadership and Exclamation Points!!!

Friday, June 28th, 2013

I was originally going to write this blog as a wrap up about my entire second week in Washington, D.C. However, as I was writing I noticed that I was just listing off what seemed like a million different names, agencies and places I visited.  I quickly stopped myself, because I realized that lists are [...]

Veterinarians, The New Family Doctor?

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

In my opinion, one of the most interesting events we attended during this BUSY week was a panel discussion put on by the Animal Health Institute over the species divide between human and animal medicine. The panel consisted of two M.D.s and two veterinarians.  These experts discussed the need for both professions to acknowledge that [...]

Wrapping Up Week 1

Friday, June 21st, 2013

Every morning, I wake up and look through my 8th story window, out at what appears to be an endless city. Stepping out onto my street in the morning with the rest of the city, with the hustle and bustle of everyone making their way to work, makes me feel like one small person in [...]

Who Knew There Were So Many Veterinarians in the Federal Government??

Friday, June 21st, 2013

Upon our arrival in D.C., the GRD staff handed Allie and I a 16-page document listing many of the D.C. area veterinarians working in federal government agencies. 16 pages! Our assignment: to meet with these individuals and learn about their role within their agency and how that impacts our nation’s biosecurity, research, grant distribution, education, [...]

Hitting the Ground Running

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Hitting the Ground Running A typical commercial airliner touches the ground traveling at approximately 130 knots which is about 150 miles per hour. Although perhaps not 130 knots, my landing at the AVMA’s Governmental Relations Division (GRD) here in Washington just a few days ago has been very “high speed”. Within 24 hours I was [...]

From Clinics to Congress

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Three short days ago, I said good-bye to my two kitties and departed from West Lafayette, IN to start my journey to Washington, D.C. While I was excited about the idea of spending four weeks in our nation’s capital to work with the AVMA Governmental Relations Division, I did not know exactly what to expect, [...]

Go Green!

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

That’s right!  Not just one Spartan was in town, not even two but three!  AABP (American Association of Bovine Practitioners) and AASV (American Association of Swine Veterinarians) were in town the beginning of this week to discuss several important topics to members of Congress related to the veterinary profession.  The first of which was the [...]

Lions and Tigers and Pandas!

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

Finally made it to the National Zoo this past weekend with my friend Heather.  We arrived excited to start our beautiful day enjoying all the exhibits at the zoo.  It really was a beautiful day not too hot and even though it was cloudy not a drop of rain touched us.  Probably the first exhibit [...]

They Were the Bark of the Town

Monday, June 10th, 2013

I got to attend a very special event this weekend, the Washington Humane Society’s 26th Annual Bark Ball.  It was a fabulous event that invited K-9 and humans to celebrate the human-animal bond and to raise money for those that are looking for their “furever” homes.   The night started out with a lovely meet and [...]

Nearly at the end.

Monday, June 10th, 2013

This marks the first day of the last week of my externship here at the AVMA-GRD.  Hard to believe that 3 weeks have already gone by, and less than one week remains. Over the last 3 weeks, I’d say Kayla and I have had more successes than failures.  We’ve met with the aides of numerous [...]

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