Archive for February, 2014

The Legislative Clinician

Friday, February 28th, 2014

This past month in DC, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting numerous DC veterinarians, doctors of policy who work on preventative or curative legislation. They do not carry stethoscopes or wear white doctors’ jackets.  They are congressional staffers, congress members, federal animal welfare policy coordinators, animal product trade experts, food safety inspectors, and lobbyists. And [...]

Agricultural Census Unveiled

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

If you are a self-proclaimed #AGnerd like me, you were also probably waiting with baited breath for the clock to strike noon last Thursday so that the preliminary results of the 2012 Agricultural Census could finally be unveiled the world over.  It was thrilling, wasn’t it? Perhaps you aren’t like me (ie, you didn’t mine the [...]

Policy to watch: Food Safety Modernization Act

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been tasked with carrying out the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) of 2010, and everyone is wondering how they are going to do it. Unlike food safety regulations of the past, which relied on public officials to test and catch already tainted foods on the market, FSMA grants the [...]

Vets on the Hill: all blazers and smiles

Friday, February 14th, 2014

In blazers and smiles, we trumped through the metal detectors and into one of the Senate conference rooms (the one where the Godfather was filmed… it looked suspiciously familiar: marble columns, stately chandeliers, and flags galore). Representative Ted Yoho (R-Florida) and Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kansas) , both veterinarians, greeted us. Each had found that their [...]

Fly-in’ High as Veterinarians Gather on the Hill for Take-off

Friday, February 14th, 2014

This year was the first year that AVMA leadership and students attended the same Fly-in event. The students, harried from the bi-weekly veterinary school exam schedule, took a much deserved break from studying to be excited and engaged in federal policy issues and rub shoulders with AVMA leadership. And the enthusiasm and engagement was palpable. [...]

Getting the Lay of the Land: First Days in DC

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Every time I turn around in D.C. there are type A people (just like me… on a good day) waiting to start up a thoughtful, timely conversation peppered with facts they JUST gleaned from the latest twitter feed and name dropping like they know everyone in the United States. This is a city brimming with [...]