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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 [...]


Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

You’ve seen the news. So, I’m not going to go into the numbers of federal employees that have been furloughed or the agencies that have (basically) shut their doors. I’m definitely not going to write about the CDC disease surveillance or FDA facility inspection that’s just not happening (terrifying). I’m going to write about my [...]

NPC’s Centennial Spelling Bee – Why Reinvent the Wheel?

Saturday, September 28th, 2013

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 [...]

Cats and Cocktails

Monday, September 16th, 2013

For the past 17 years the Animal Health Institute (AHI) has sponsored Celebrity Pet Night. The event brings movers and shakers of the DC animal health world together with Legislators and their staffers to mingle, eat, and drink while celebrating pets and pet ownership. Attendees also get to meet some of the most famous, yet [...]

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