Archive for October, 2015

The Association of [insert any topic of interest]

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

In honor of the United States Animal Health Association‘s annual meeting beginning this week, I will (hopefully) enlighten readers on topic of professional associations. The AVMA is an organization that represents over 86,000 veterinarians, which is a highly specific membership. However, I have noticed in D.C. that this type of group is the norm – there is [...]

Just Around the Riverbend

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

This weekend I took some well needed leisure time (i.e. Netflix, brunch) interspersed with working on my VIRMP application (stressful!). The weekend also included getting some fresh air. One of my developing hobbies at home is kayaking. Luckily, there are a few businesses on the water such as Boating in DC. They offer kayak and [...]

Year of the Pulses

Monday, October 19th, 2015

Wait, what? You read that correctly. The FAO and the United Nations have declared 2016 as “The International Year of the Pulses“, which aims to raise public awareness of the nutritional benefits of pulses as part of sustainable food production aimed towards food security and nutrition. Pulses are annual leguminous crops. The term ‘pulse’ is limited to [...]

A Supreme Wait

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

Did you know that you can sit in on court hearings for the Supreme Court of the United States? Of the 10,000 or so petitions filed every year with the court, only 100 are granted official review by the Justices. Termed oral arguments, they are an opportunity for the attorneys of each side of a [...]

So Much Networking, So Little Time

Monday, October 12th, 2015

I cannot believe that I am already starting my second week with the GRD. I think that time passes more quickly in D.C. than any other place.  As you can imagine with any new experience, the first week was full of introductions, orientations and many (MANY!) meetings. Sarah and I have ventured to the Hill [...]

Welcome to Washington

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

  Yesterday, was my first day with the AVMA Governmental Relations Division (GRD), an externship that I have been anticipating for months! My idea for my first blog post is to provide readers with a brief introduction to the GRD, what the office is tasked with accomplishing and what we are expected to do as [...]

Externs Exit

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

As is the way with all good things, my time as an AVMA GRD Extern has come to an end. This has been a phenomenal opportunity, I have learned a great deal, and met many fascinating people. At the risk of sounding like a college football pregame show, here’s a summary of my experience by [...]

From Celebrity Pets to Army Vets: the Final Week

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

Tuesday night: The Animal Health Institute (AHI) hosted its annual Celebrity Pet Night on Capitol Hill. AHI represents companies who produce medicines for both pet and production animals, advocating for research and animal health issues. The celebrity guests of honor were Frosty, who plays “Larry” on Modern Family, and Jagger, star of the military working [...]