Archive for June, 2015

DC, Until We Meet Again

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

The past four weeks flew by. As the days grew longer and stickier with sweat, Lucy and I continued to meet more incredible members of the “Vet Mafia,” as they call themselves. Although the term “Mafia” may invoke visions of harsh negotiators or ruthless leaders, the “Vet Mafia” is actually a group of amicable altruists. [...]

A Day in the Life of an AVMA Extern!

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 6:30am- Woke up, got dressed, had breakfast while reviewing issue briefs 7:30- Left home (Falls Church) and headed to Dunn Loring Metro Station 8:30- Arrived at Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill for the American Horse Council’s Annual Conference 9:00- Met with Dr. Rachel Cezar (USDA APHIS Animal Care, Horse Protection Act) [...]

The Bark Ball and Cat Cafe

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Following the movie premiere, Lucy and I continued our streak of glamour by attending the only black tie event in DC that allows those in attendance to rub elbows with well dressed K-9s, the Bark Ball. The Ball supports the Washington Humane Society, which provides a whole host of services to animals in the DC [...]

An Invitation to Attend the American Horse Council Conference in Washington D.C.

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

Many of the leaders in the horse industry gathered in Washington this week for the American Horse Council’s Annual Meeting and National Issues Forum, “Promoting and Protecting the Horse.  Scarlett and I was invited to attend day two of the nearly week-long conference ” courtesy of Dr. Rachel Cezar, a USDA APHIS Animal Care veterinarian.  [...]

“Max,” A Canine Hero

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

Thanks to the American Humane Association, Lucy and I were treated to a unique pre-release screening of “Max” last night. Since they work to certify the humane treatment of animals on set, and work to ensure the humane treatment of working dogs, they worked closely on the production of the new film “Max.” “Max,” a [...]

One Health in The Real World

Sunday, June 14th, 2015

On Thursday night, we attended the One Health Academy’s dinner meeting at the Capital Yacht Club located just on the waterfront along the Washington Channel of the Potomac River. Based in Washington DC, the One Health Academy holds monthly gatherings as part of their mission to promote interdisciplinary collaboration across numerous and diverse agencies and [...]

Women of DHS

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

On Tuesday, we had lunch with some of the most diverse and interesting veterinarians currently working at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. That’s right—veterinarians. Dr. Michelle Colby is the Agriculture Defense Branch Chief in the Chemical and Biological Division of the Science and Technology Directorate (S&T). Among her diverse portfolio of responsibilities, she is [...]

Pigs, Cows, and Policy

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

Earlier this week, Lucy and I had the privilege of sitting in on the joint American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) and American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV) legislative fly-in. The first day was jam-packed with briefing sessions with a diverse set of groups, ranging from government executive agencies to industry groups. The executive committees, [...]

Back to Basics: First Amendment Rights for Students

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

One of the goals as a policy extern, especially during the first week, is to “Become familiar with the issues of importance being tracked by the GRD office” as stated in our program description. With the beginning of the 114th Legislative Congress in January, there have been some new additions to AVMA’s portfolio such as [...]

Protecting American Agriculture

Friday, June 5th, 2015

Although I had to arrive two days late to the AVMA-GRD externship, participating in the 2015 Smith-Kilborne (SK) Program was a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience public veterinary medicine in full force and to visit both the USDA’s facilities in Riverdale, Maryland, and in Plum Island, NY. The program selects one veterinary student from each school in [...]