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Goodbye DC

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

What a gorgeous last day to be in DC. During my time here I’ve definitely learned to love the area and the people – perhaps I’ve caught the bug. Looking back on my experience I’m so glad I decided to do this externship. Anyone reading who is considering it should really just put in an [...]

High in Demand

Monday, May 19th, 2014

Kevin and I have started our adventures in meeting the many veterinarians who work in association with the federal government or in institutionalized veterinary medicine.  If there is one take away from this externship with the AVMA-GRD let it be this:  Bring business cards.  And more than you would think. I designed my own cards [...]

Veterinary advertising

Friday, May 16th, 2014

I’m going to share with you all a thought I’ve been having for quite a while now. How does a veterinary clinic or organization advertise effectively? That was basically the question posed to me today from Michael Gilsdorf from the National Association of Federal Veterinarians. I’m not an advertising specialist, but luckily it doesn’t take [...]

The CVC: ?

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

I spent four days in a row earlier this week attending the CVC veterinary conference in Maryland. I honestly had never heard of the CVC, I happened to see a post about it on twitter and decided to check it out, and I’m glad I did. (Side note: I highly recommend everyone start a “professional” [...]

It’s Much Easier to Stand on Six Legs Rather Than Two

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Navigating Capitol Hill isn’t usually self-explanatory.  I’ve gotten lost a couple of times, but last week I had the joy of following the witness panel to the room I needed.  I wondered if I found the correct room, but the wagging tails and jingles of collar tags confirmed my suspicions were right.  There were dogs [...]

The Best $10 I Ever Spent

Monday, May 12th, 2014

Thursday evening last week, I found myself at the Capitol Yacht Club down on D.C.’s waterfront.  I’ve been pretty lucky I’ve gotten quite good at using maps and reading signs while I have been here, so getting from the L’Enfant metro station down to the pier wasn’t an issue.  This was a meeting of the [...]

Exploring D.C.

Sunday, May 11th, 2014

The past couple of days have been filled with exciting hearings, meetings, and receptions.  And I have been extraordinarily busy.  I apologize for the delay in posting.  I haven’t gotten back to my room (“home” as I call it here) before 9:00pm any night this week, meaning I have been having a fantastic time! I [...]

On building relationships

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Had a great lunch today. It was with a guy I met last week for about 10 minutes, Joe. He is an old friend and undergraduate classmate of Dr. John de Jong, the man I got to hang out with on the first day of my externship. John and I ran into Joe in one [...]

The Art of Persuasion

Monday, May 5th, 2014

Just thinking about scheduling a lobbying meeting makes me nervous.  Part of my responsibility as an AVMA-GRD extern (and being able to have a fancy office!) is going out and lobbying, you know, to be dramatically involved in the political process. On Friday last week, Kevin and I had our mock lobbying pitches with Gina, [...]

This Weekend and the Coming Week

Monday, May 5th, 2014

This weekend I had a chance to go exploring around my apartment. At the recommendation of Megan, one of the GRD employees, Saturday I went to Theodore Roosevelt Island. It is situated in the middle of the Potomac River and only a few minutes’ walk from my apartment. The island itself is a good size, [...]

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