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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 [...]

Gorillas, oh my

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Today I had the opportunity to visit the World Wildlife Fund’s headquarters and listen to two women representing a group called Art of Conservation speak about conservation efforts for the Mountain Gorilla occurring in Rwanda. This organization educates children through school programing on topics of health, conservation, and citizenship. Though neither speaker mentioned the One [...]

Wait, I only have 20 days left?!

Monday, July 16th, 2012

In setting up meetings last week and planning my ‘to-do’ list for the next few weeks I came to a startling realization last night; I only have 20 days left in town! That seems outrageous considering the amount I want to accomplish, and how busy I have been.  This weekend I had the opportunity to [...]

The Beginning: What a Week!

Friday, July 13th, 2012

I can’t believe it’s already the end of my first week at the GRD! I’ve been so busy getting to know the office and scheduling meetings that the time really has flown by.   On Wednesday I attended the House’s Farm Bill mark-up. This event was so popular that the overflow room overflowed, which I [...]

Heels to Handshakes

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

I must catch you all up to date on all that I have been doing since my first week. Man, if there is one thing that I have learned from my time here in DC, it’s this: do everything, be everywhere, always say yes to things because you will wind up experience something very special. [...]

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