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Biodefense: Surveillance and Detection

Monday, March 16th, 2015

We had a very full day Thursday. We started out by attending the first panel of the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense: Surveillance and Detection. The study panel included members such as Tom Ridge, Kenneth Wanstein, Jim Greenwood, Donna Shalala, and Joseph Lieberman. Their objective was to gather information from qualified members of the [...]

Farm Day, Fun Day!

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

This morning we walked over to the National Press building for a Farm Foundation Forum on Nexus of Technology, Agricultural Productivity, and the Environment. We had the pleasure to hear from a panel of speakers that included Derek Byerlee (an economist and independent agriculture researcher), Dr. Jerry Flint (Vice President, Industry Affairs and Regulatory at [...]

The first Friday!

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

After having a day ‘off’ we made the trek back into the office. The 30 minute walk from my temporary home turned into an hour long expedition, since it seems less than half of D.C. residents own a snow shovel and the heavy traffic turned the snow into sheets of ice. As I got closer [...]

The Best $10 I Ever Spent

Monday, May 12th, 2014

Thursday evening last week, I found myself at the Capitol Yacht Club down on D.C.’s waterfront.  I’ve been pretty lucky I’ve gotten quite good at using maps and reading signs while I have been here, so getting from the L’Enfant metro station down to the pier wasn’t an issue.  This was a meeting of the [...]

From Big Idea to Bill – Stop Soring

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

I hope everyone reading remembers the classic “I’m Just a Bill” from the folks at Schoolhouse Rock. (If not, check it out on youtube. Right now!) The tune was stuck in my head all day yesterday after Nicola and I attended a stakeholder meeting for the PAST (Prevent all Soring Tactics) Act. First, a little [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

A Day in the Life of a GRD Extern

Friday, April 5th, 2013

The title is a slight misnomer, given that no two days at GRD are the same, but for students interested in the program, I thought this was a good example of a day showing the breadth of opportunities doing this externship can afford you. 6:30 AM – Woke up.   Hit snooze. 6:38 AM – Woke [...]

Civics

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

I don’t know about you, but the last time I sat down and thought about how exactly the U.S. government works was probably when the Spice Girls were still popular (and not in some weird throwback way).  I know there are three branches, two houses, and one ring to rule them all, but somewhere between [...]

Maybe I’m interested in lab animal medicine?

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

In one word, my experience at the NIH campus today was AWESOME. I first met with Dr. Patricia Brown, who took me out to her office at the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare. After talking with her about her position and the general responsibilities of OLAW, she introduced me to several other veterinarians in the [...]

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