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The Bark Ball and Cat Cafe

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Following the movie premiere, Lucy and I continued our streak of glamour by attending the only black tie event in DC that allows those in attendance to rub elbows with well dressed K-9s, the Bark Ball. The Ball supports the Washington Humane Society, which provides a whole host of services to animals in the DC [...]

And they’re off!

Monday, May 4th, 2015

                What a beautiful weekend it was in DC. I was able to enjoy the warm, sunny weather on Saturday at the races! Though I was a little far from Churchill Downs, the Virginia Gold Cup was the perfect compromise. The crowd consisted of ladies in colorful dresses, [...]

Toxicoses in the gardens

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

As my time here is wrapping up, I think I will probably do a series of short blog posts on topics that at one point I was considering spending a lot of time on. So first up, here’s a short bit on toxicology inspired by my trip to the National Botanical Gardens (possibly one of [...]

Lessons from APHIS

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

At this point I’ve been in DC about two weeks, and am settling into a little routine- or at least getting used to the lack thereof. Congress was on recess, so getting started has been a little bit slow, but it’s given me a good chance to meet a lot of vets around town and [...]

The secret life of an AVMA GRD extern…

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Being an extern is not just attending meetings and participating in the political process, it is also about experiencing Washington, D.C. The city is a serious package deal with endless amounts of history, museums, monuments, and restaurants to visit. The National Mall is lined with Smithsonian Institute Museums (free entrance) with the Capitol at one [...]

An Exciting Beginning

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

These first few days in D.C. have been a whirlwind! So much has been going on and I can’t imagine what else is in store. On Monday, Alex and I got to meet the amazing staff at the AVMA GRD. It is so exciting to hear about how hard they are working to ensure the future [...]

Exploring D.C.

Sunday, May 11th, 2014

The past couple of days have been filled with exciting hearings, meetings, and receptions.  And I have been extraordinarily busy.  I apologize for the delay in posting.  I haven’t gotten back to my room (“home” as I call it here) before 9:00pm any night this week, meaning I have been having a fantastic time! I [...]

This Weekend and the Coming Week

Monday, May 5th, 2014

This weekend I had a chance to go exploring around my apartment. At the recommendation of Megan, one of the GRD employees, Saturday I went to Theodore Roosevelt Island. It is situated in the middle of the Potomac River and only a few minutes’ walk from my apartment. The island itself is a good size, [...]

“What made you interested in this externship?”

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

“What made you interested in this externship?”  Well, that is a question which often gets thrown my way, and funny enough, is one I often ask myself.   Let me give you some of my perspective, and my thoughts, of how I came to be in Washington, D.C. serving as an AVMA-GRD extern. When I was [...]

Day “One:” A Georgia Dawg Does a DC Tradition

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Day One: A Georgia Dawg Does A DC Tradition They say no day at the AVMA is the same, and I think my first day is certainly no exception. I got to DC on Saturday, so excited to check in to my hotel, settle in, and get ready for my first day. Of course, I [...]

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