Lessons Learned

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

My extern-mate Anita has dutifully attended the blog until now and I am eternally grateful. Thank you, Anita! Rather than revisit material already covered, I thought it would be more meaningful to share some recurring themes that I’ve identified during our adventures in the nation’s capitol. It’s really difficult to exact change in Washington. Many [...]

More than Meetings

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

I’ve learned over the past 2 weeks that there is no typical day as an AVMA GRD Extern. One 24-hour period last week saw us eating breakfast with Representative Schrader (of Oregon and one of two veterinarians in Congress) hosted by the National Pork Producers Council, attending a CDC briefing on the threat of antiobiotic [...]

The Importance of Advocacy (a soapbox blog)

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

     Yesterday the GRD office hosted a meeting between several folks from the Food Animal Residue Avoidance Databank (FARAD) and Noah Engelberg, the Program Examiner, Agriculture Branch, Office of Management and Budget in the Executive Office of the President. I was able to sit in on this meeting, which endeavored to convince Mr. Engelberg to [...]

Another Busy Week!

Friday, July 27th, 2012

Again, I can’t believe that another week is over! The later part of this week has been especially fun because I was able to get into the offices of Senator John McCain (from my home state of Arizona), and Representative Martha Roby (from my local state of Alabama) to advocate for the AVMA. I decided [...]

Week Three Already!

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

It’s hard to believe I’m already in my third and final week of the AVMA-GRD externship.  It has been an amazing experience and one that I strongly recommend to all veterinary students before they graduate (or at the very least participate in the annual SAVMA Lobby Day).  The week has gotten off to a fast [...]

The Anitbiotic Debate Heats Up

Monday, July 12th, 2010

Even more hot, humid and sticky than the recent Washington, D.C., weather, is the antibiotic resistance discussion going on around town. Everyone seems to have their “silver bullet” or “smoking gun” to throw on the table, but, as I heard one wise individual state during my externship, if there is a seemingly simple solution to [...]

The Antibiotic Dilemma

Friday, June 18th, 2010

  Issues over the use of antibiotics have been raging on for years. The scientific data is complex, the economic implications are vast and public opinion is continually being molded through public relations efforts. When discussing antibiotic resistance, no one argues the phenomenon of microevolution and the impact that selection pressure has on development of [...]

Engage Warp Speed!

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

This has been a very exciting week. I’ve been moving at Mach 2 speeds and absorbing as much information as possible. In only two days, I have had the opportunity visit with the offices of 5 different congressman.  I have also attended political action committee (PAC) events, a session on antibiotic resistance and a symposium on [...]

Pecan Pie & Politics

Monday, November 16th, 2009

Thursday, I attended November’s One Health Academy dinner. It’s purpose is to unite governmental departments, non-governmental organizations, and private industry leaders to promote collaboration among veterinary medicine, human medicine, and the agricultural industries. It was really nice to see that a group like this exists. There were a number of veterinarians there. New grads in [...]

Discussing antibiotics

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

Thursday started out with me going to a Minnesota Morning Breakfast with Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN). One of the highlights is a pastry called Potica (puh-tet-zah): A traditional Slovenian pastry from the Iron Range. The pastry itself was delicious and the event was fun. Senator Klobuchar was walking around listening to constituents for about 45 [...]