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An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

This past week I had the opportunity to see past Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle speak as a part of the Blue Ribbon Panel on BioDefense (BRPB). The BRPB began in 2014 as a privately funded, bipartisan, entity with panel members composted of former Representatives, Senators, and Governors among other high ranking federal positions. The [...]

From buzz to fuzz

Monday, September 18th, 2017

As an aspiring panspecies veterinarian, I am committed to treating all species to the best of my ability. I am very, very committed to that mission. In fact, my classmates back home at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University have often heard me remark that I will be a “from spiders to [...]

The Association of [insert any topic of interest]

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

In honor of the United States Animal Health Association‘s annual meeting beginning this week, I will (hopefully) enlighten readers on topic of professional associations. The AVMA is an organization that represents over 86,000 veterinarians, which is a highly specific membership. However, I have noticed in D.C. that this type of group is the norm – there is [...]

Year of the Pulses

Monday, October 19th, 2015

Wait, what? You read that correctly. The FAO and the United Nations have declared 2016 as “The International Year of the Pulses“, which aims to raise public awareness of the nutritional benefits of pulses as part of sustainable food production aimed towards food security and nutrition. Pulses are annual leguminous crops. The term ‘pulse’ is limited to [...]

We The Veterinarians

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

The AVMA Legislative Advisory Committee (LAC) convenes to discuss new legislation that impacts animal health and welfare and the veterinary profession. Veterinarians from across the country discuss the issues affecting their clients and patients, and help determine the AVMA’s legislative agenda. The veterinarians I met at the LAC were of diverse backgrounds and practice styles. [...]

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 [...]

Pigs, Cows, and Policy

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

Earlier this week, Lucy and I had the privilege of sitting in on the joint American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) and American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV) legislative fly-in. The first day was jam-packed with briefing sessions with a diverse set of groups, ranging from government executive agencies to industry groups. The executive committees, [...]

Let’s talk about the white female elephant in the room…

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

That’s right; I’m talking about diversity, or rather our lack thereof. In November of 2013 The Atlantic declared the veterinarian the “whitest job” in the US at 97% white. And as the number of women in the profession continues to grow, male veterinarians continue to be far more likely to take on leadership roles in [...]

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 [...]

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