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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 [...]

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 [...]

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