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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 [...]

Wrapping Up Week 1

Friday, June 21st, 2013

Every morning, I wake up and look through my 8th story window, out at what appears to be an endless city. Stepping out onto my street in the morning with the rest of the city, with the hustle and bustle of everyone making their way to work, makes me feel like one small person in [...]

So long, farewell, until we meet again

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Even though my externship officially ended on Friday at 5 pm, I decided to stay in the city a bit longer since I have an off block for the next two weeks. Lucky me! Or unlucky, depending on how you look at it. My four weeks here were technically the start of my fourth year [...]

Federal budgeting

Friday, April 19th, 2013

Earlier this week I attended an Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies House Appropriations subcommittee hearing, led by Chairman Robert Aderholt, R-AL 4th District with primary witness Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture. I don’t consider myself particularly economically inclined. Reading about the rise and fall of the stock market leaves me with more [...]

GRD Externship by the Numbers

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Tomorrow is my last day.  Naturally I started reviewing the last 4 weeks with the AVMA-GRD externship, and I always like the exercise of looking at the numbers: 20 – weekdays of service 24 – veterinarians I met who were in federal agencies, interest organizations, fellowships, universities, and/or think tanks 2 – giant pandas seen [...]

Alphabet Soup

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

In one week, I visited the following organizations: USAID, USDA, EFSA, APHIS-VS, APHIS-CA, VMRCVM, AVMA, AAVMC, FSIS, DSH, CRS, and FDA-CVM to discuss the following topics: VMMA, VMLRPEA, MUMS, PAMTA, DATA, PUPS and pups (who doesn’t talk about their dogs?!).  And despite the alphabet soup, each place I went, there were vets.  And looking back [...]

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