Archive for March, 2017

Final Thoughts

Friday, March 31st, 2017

As I finish up my four weeks with the AVMA GRD, one message from veterinarians came up time and time again. You never know where you’ll end up. Which, of course, is dauntingly filled with uncertainty but I think there’s some beauty in that. Our degree is tremendously flexible, allowing us the freedom to take [...]

An Ending to a Great Externship

Friday, March 31st, 2017

As the saying goes all good things must come to an end.  As is true for my time in Washington DC.  It has been an absolutely wonderful experience and I enjoyed every minute of it.  As I pack up and get ready for the next rotation I will take what I have learned here and [...]

Congressional Office Visits Galore, Successes, and the Zoo!

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Visiting Congressional offices over the last week has been exciting and busy!  We completed several dozen visits to both the House and the Senate.  There are multiple ways to contact your representatives at both the state and federal level.  These include phone calls, emails, snail mails, and in person office visits.  The opportunity to be [...]

Having fun in DC

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Some exploring recommendations for future externs! National Museum of Women in the Arts-  One of the few museums in DC that charges admission, but WELL worth the student price of $8.  Stumbled upon this place with a visiting friend and had a great time.  Really beautiful and interesting collections, obviously all by women artists.  Definitely [...]

Meeting Lots of Veterinarians

Monday, March 27th, 2017

One bad thing, of many, about being in DC is there are a lot of people.  One good thing, of many, about being in DC means that there are also a lot of veterinarians! There are various headquarters and offices for most government agencies and private corporations all close enough to visit and meet with [...]

Cherry blossoms….or… snow?

Friday, March 24th, 2017

This was a bit of a whirlwind of a week. Monday was a productive day, with an AVMA strategy meeting in the morning and a visit to the office of my PA senator, Bob Casey’s office. We had the opportunity to discuss a few issues of importance to veterinarians and the AVMA with his legislative [...]

Getting in the Groove and Snow Day

Monday, March 20th, 2017

The biggest news from DC this week was winter storm Stella.  Or actually maybe it was the White House releasing a preliminary budget, the aftermath, and also Congress debating health care.  That pretty much sums everything up. We celebrated some birthdays with singing and cake: personal highlight of the week? Getting back to the AVMA [...]

The Beginning of an “Unconventional” Veterinary Medical Clinical Rotation

Monday, March 13th, 2017

Hello from the nation’s capital!  It is a very interesting time to be in DC.  With changes in congress, a new administration, and crazy spring weather there are many things occurring!  Throughout the month of March I am serving as a veterinary medical student extern with the AVMA governmental relations division here in Washington.  That [...]

Getting settled in!

Monday, March 13th, 2017

We’ve had three days working in D.C. now, and are starting to get the lay of the land. We spent the day Thursday on the Hill again, this time listening to a Senate subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management discussing the Use of Science in Rulemaking. They had three witnesses who were distinguished scientists [...]

Welcome to Clinics!

Monday, March 13th, 2017

After finishing up my final finals of vet school, finishing Large Animal Block and putting away my coveralls and flannel lined jeans for now, it was time to start packing all the business attire I could find in my closet. Onto my first externship of my clinical year—a month with the AVMA’s Government Relations Division! [...]