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Tidbits of Success

Friday, May 27th, 2016

My eye-opening experience with the Governmental Relations Division is quickly coming to an end. I have enjoyed all the opportunities to meet and network with professionals. I have gained so much knowledge, passion, and feel empowered to embark on my career in public practice. I have learned of opportunities that I would have never thought [...]

One Health

Friday, May 27th, 2016

If there’s anything I’ve learned this past month it’s that veterinarians on The Hill have just an important role as veterinarians in hospitals. Many people ask veterinarians on The Hill if they miss practicing. The truth of the matter is, they are still practicing… politics is just a different animal! Time and time again I’ve [...]

D.C. Must Be Explored, Caw Caw Roar!

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

You just finished up a 1 o’clock meeting with a staffer in your district representative’s office and have about an hour until your next meeting the next building over. This is a common situation to find yourself in as an AVMA-GRD extern. The “D.C. experience” includes meeting with staffers and Congress members on The Hill, [...]

Hill visits can be conquered

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

To be honest I was nervous about meeting my representatives on Capitol Hill but I found that once I got prepared, the meetings were a breeze. I prepared by reading the issue briefs and finding more information regarding the topics to be discussed. I then scheduled meetings by sending out emails to the staffers of [...]

The Smithsonian’s

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

When the word “Smithsonian” is said, do pictures of Robin Williams and Ben Stiller galloping down the hallways of a museum come to mind? Surely I can’t be the only one who thinks of this!                 The Smithsonian Institution is actually comprised of 19 museums and research centers. [...]

Words of Wisdom

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

Non-clinical practice is still practicing veterinary medicine, just in a different way. – Assistant to Congresswoman We must place ourselves in a species neutral mindset because animals, people, and the environment are all interconnected. – Homeland Security Personnel Veterinarians are scientists. – Food Animal Veterinarian Explore and connect with as many different people as possible. [...]

Veterinary Medicine’s Best Kept Secret

Friday, May 20th, 2016

Veterinary Medicine’s best kept secret does not show you how to get a 4.0 or how to get on the surgery resident’s good side. It doesn’t even show you how to avoid gaining weight while eating a diet consisting of oreos and mac ‘n cheese during finals week. It’s better than all of that! Veterinary [...]

National Institutes of Health

Friday, May 20th, 2016

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the nation’s medical research agency and the largest source of funding for medical research in the world. NIH’s mission is to seek fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems… and the application of that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability. [...]

Avian Influenza: Concerns and Challenges

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

Avian influenza outbreaks are of concern in domesticated birds for several reasons. These reasons include the potential for low pathogenic H5 and H7 viruses to evolve into highly pathogenic viruses, the potential for rapid spread and significant illness and death among poultry during outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza, the economic impact, trade restrictions, and [...]

Discovering Your Degree’s Potential

Friday, May 13th, 2016

Over these past two weeks I’ve truly learned what a great profession we’ve gotten ourselves into. I’ve heard mentors describe a DVM (or VMD!) as one of the most versatile degrees you could possibly get. Turns out they weren’t joking about that! As I continue to discover different positions veterinarians hold in federal and national [...]

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