Archive for April, 2017

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Goodbye.

Friday, April 28th, 2017

Our fourth and last week of the AVMA GRD externship program has been scary in that I feel like there is so much more for me to learn, but it has also been marked by some great personal achievements. While I have really enjoyed learning more about the executive offices in our government, it was [...]

See you later, D.C.

Friday, April 28th, 2017

I can’t believe that this is the final day of my externship. I have learned so much in these past four weeks – I just want the experience to continue. I am incredibly grateful for all the connections I have made while I have been here. The variety of positions veterinarians can thrive in is [...]

Astronaut time.

Friday, April 28th, 2017

As this externship comes to a close, I am amazed by what I have been able to learn in four weeks. It is not quite what I expected in that meeting with executive offices has comprised a much bigger part of the experience than I would have guessed coming in. However, I have learned so [...]

Finally – a Secretary of Agriculture

Monday, April 24th, 2017

I am excited to say that we have a Secretary of Agriculture! After a busy day at the National Institutes of Health, I hurried to the Hill to watch the vote, which was scheduled for 5:30PM in the Senate gallery. In order to get into the gallery, I had to grab a pass from one [...]

Running

Friday, April 21st, 2017

Today was a marathon. It started with a phone call with APHIS International Services. This is an opportunity for veterinarians to get involved at the international level by serving as diplomats and a resource to Ambassadors overseas. With my interest in moving abroad, I was curious to find out more details about the program. After [...]

Preparing for Fly-In

Friday, April 21st, 2017

Our tea is restocked. The schedule is finalized. And the folders are stuffed. Next week about a hundred veterinary students and veterinarians will come to our nation’s capital. They will discuss with their representatives the two issues that Patricia and I have been advocating for these past three weeks: reauthorization of the Higher Education Act [...]

Agencies, agencies!

Friday, April 21st, 2017

This week has been full of visits to various agencies in the government – all of whom hire veterinarians! We started at the Defense Health Headquarters, part of the Department of Defense and met three army veterinarians. The army has a great training program that allows you to get further education while in the military. [...]

The Value of a Veterinary Degree

Friday, April 21st, 2017

So often we are told that our veterinary degree is invaluable, for it shows our intelligence by representing the completion of a rigorous course of study. So often we are told that our veterinary degree is versatile, for it opens many doors in our careers. Both of these are very valid truths about our degree, [...]

FDA and Congress Meetings

Friday, April 14th, 2017

Our meetings at the FDA on Wednesday were really interesting – from understanding the way a drug is approved to the role of the Center for Veterinary Medicine at the FDA, it was an educational day. We met with four veterinarians involved in a variety of actives – from communications to international work. Thursday was [...]

Appreciating Spring.

Friday, April 14th, 2017

I have to say that I was pretty devastated when a friend told me before I left Ithaca that I would be missing the cherry blossoms in DC. Every year I come to DC at the end of April, just a tad too late to experience the beautiful blooms. However, this year, I was supposed [...]

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