Archive for March, 2014

Now This Is Not The End…

Friday, March 28th, 2014

…It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning. (Sir Winston Churchill) Ahhh, the old clichés about leaving. I’ve learned so much. Parting is such sweet sorrow. It has been such an incredible opportunity. And these things are all true. As I get ready to move [...]

An Open Door Can Open Your Eyes

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Most Americans are five generations removed from farming. That means that their family hasn’t farmed since the current generation’s great-great-great-grandfather worked a farm. I don’t even know the names of any of my great-great-great-grandfathers (although I am only two generations removed, personally). But my grandfather, who worked the family farm in Fresno, California, left the [...]

I Smell Popcorn and Cotton Candy- The Circus Must be in Town

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

I feel so incredibly lucky to have been on this externship at this particular time, because I was here when the circus came to town. And then I was doubly lucky because the circus invited several veterinarians and congressional staffers to a backstage tour (yours truly included). So I went to meet the animals. I [...]

Why I Will Always Choose This Profession

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

When I was 17 years old, I joined the Army. What can I say? It seemed like a good idea at the time. And as it turned out, it was. Without sounding too trite, I sort of discovered myself- or perhaps just discovered that inner strength can be built just like muscle strength in the [...]

A Unique Position

Friday, March 14th, 2014

The hot topic du jour is One Health.  One Health is basically the intersection of the ecosystem, human health, animal and plant health, and how all of them are interconnected. The concept of One Health requires doctors to work with scientists, who must all work with policy makers and lawyers and safety professionals (and and [...]

A Country Without Wildlife is Like a Garden Without Flowers

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Asking a veterinarian (or vet student) to pick a favorite species is like asking a parent to pick a favorite child. But I do have to admit to a little bit of favoritism here- I adore African megafauna, particularly elephants and rhinos. So I was pretty excited to attend a briefing sponsored by Senator Coons [...]

Who We Are

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Yesterday’s adventures included sitting in on a briefing about GMO Labeling, and I got to hear Hugh Weathers, the Agriculture Commissioner for South Carolina (and a fourth-generation farmer) speak. It’s really interesting to be a veterinarian (or an almost-veterinarian) at one of those meetings, because while we deal with food safety and food inspection, veterinarians [...]

Diversity in Our Profession: Some Thoughts

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

There are things that define the veterinary student and, by extension, the veterinarian. We are women (nearly 80%, one of the most female-dominated professions in the world). We are almost invariably Type A overachievers. We love animals. We take a certain (possibly twisted) satisfaction from draining and flushing a good abscess. We would rather go [...]

Off to a Running Start: First Day as an AVMA Extern

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Your mission, should you be accepted as an AVMA Extern: learn as much as possible about being a non-traditional veterinarian and how veterinarians can work in developing and impacting public policy. You have four weeks and the backing and resources of the AVMA, and the freedom to explore any and all aspects of non-traditional veterinary [...]

Day “One:” A Georgia Dawg Does a DC Tradition

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Day One: A Georgia Dawg Does A DC Tradition They say no day at the AVMA is the same, and I think my first day is certainly no exception. I got to DC on Saturday, so excited to check in to my hotel, settle in, and get ready for my first day. Of course, I [...]