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Externs Exit

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

As is the way with all good things, my time as an AVMA GRD Extern has come to an end. This has been a phenomenal opportunity, I have learned a great deal, and met many fascinating people. At the risk of sounding like a college football pregame show, here’s a summary of my experience by [...]

Pope Francis visits Congress (and so do we!)

Monday, September 28th, 2015

Washington was abuzz last week with the arrival of Pope Francis. In anticipation of the 50,000+ visitors expected in the city for the papal festivities, many DC employees teleworked mid-week from the comfort of their homes and pajamas. Heather and I, however, decided to brave the crowds. We secured tickets to watch the Pope’s address [...]

2 weeks in!

Friday, September 18th, 2015

Heather and I are winding up a busy week as we hit the halfway point for our externships today. The last few days have been full of meetings, receptions, and more meetings! On Wednesday morning, I headed over to the Center for Global Development for a seminar on international development priorities in Sub-Saharan Africa. The [...]

On risk-taking

Monday, September 14th, 2015

At the end of last week, Heather and I had the opportunity to grab coffee with two amazing veterinarians: Dr. Marguerite Pappaioanou and Dr. Karen Alroy. Dr. Alroy graduated from veterinary school a few years ago and Dr. Pappaioanou’s veterinary career has spanned several decades, but both had valuable insights to offer on charting non-traditional [...]

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 [...]

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