Archive for March, 2015

Lessons Learned

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

My extern-mate Anita has dutifully attended the blog until now and I am eternally grateful. Thank you, Anita! Rather than revisit material already covered, I thought it would be more meaningful to share some recurring themes that I’ve identified during our adventures in the nation’s capitol. It’s really difficult to exact change in Washington. Many [...]

Visit from the USAHA

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

On 17 March, key members of the United States Animal Health Association (USAHA) joined AVMA-GRD leadership to discuss issues and priorities pertinent to appropriations season in Washington, D.C. When meeting with the Animal Agriculture Coalition, hot topics included the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Enhancement Act (VMLRPEA), support for the National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN), [...]

Biodefense: Surveillance and Detection

Monday, March 16th, 2015

We had a very full day Thursday. We started out by attending the first panel of the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense: Surveillance and Detection. The study panel included members such as Tom Ridge, Kenneth Wanstein, Jim Greenwood, Donna Shalala, and Joseph Lieberman. Their objective was to gather information from qualified members of the [...]

Farm Day, Fun Day!

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

This morning we walked over to the National Press building for a Farm Foundation Forum on Nexus of Technology, Agricultural Productivity, and the Environment. We had the pleasure to hear from a panel of speakers that included Derek Byerlee (an economist and independent agriculture researcher), Dr. Jerry Flint (Vice President, Industry Affairs and Regulatory at [...]

Monday, USDA Day!

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Yesterday, we took the green line out to Riverdale, MD for a full day at the USDA APHIS facility. Dr. Gary Egrie, USDA-APHIS Farm Animal Welfare Coordinator, met with us at the beginning of the day to go over the history, structure of USDA, and purview of the organization. He gave us an overview of his job [...]

The secret life of an AVMA GRD extern…

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Being an extern is not just attending meetings and participating in the political process, it is also about experiencing Washington, D.C. The city is a serious package deal with endless amounts of history, museums, monuments, and restaurants to visit. The National Mall is lined with Smithsonian Institute Museums (free entrance) with the Capitol at one [...]

The first Friday!

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

After having a day ‘off’ we made the trek back into the office. The 30 minute walk from my temporary home turned into an hour long expedition, since it seems less than half of D.C. residents own a snow shovel and the heavy traffic turned the snow into sheets of ice. As I got closer [...]

Orientation and snow day!

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

 After the whirlwind of the AVMA Student Legislative Fly-In, we were able to finally get around to orientation. After a brisk walk to Dupont Circle I arrived at the AVMA GRD building for the first time during my externship. My orientation began with being handed a 25-page document listed almost all the veterinarians in Washington [...]

Welcome to Washington, D.C.!

Sunday, March 8th, 2015

As the first externs of the 114th Congress it was appropriate that we started the externship off with the 2015 AVMA Legislative Student Fly-In.  I had the pleasure of attending the 2013 Student Fly-in and it was during that experience that I was first introduced to the idea of being an active participant in the [...]