FARAD

The Importance of Advocacy (a soapbox blog)

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

     Yesterday the GRD office hosted a meeting between several folks from the Food Animal Residue Avoidance Databank (FARAD) and Noah Engelberg, the Program Examiner, Agriculture Branch, Office of Management and Budget in the Executive Office of the President. I was able to sit in on this meeting, which endeavored to convince Mr. Engelberg to [...]

Here’s to an exciting and fast paced last week

Friday, May 1st, 2009

The past two weeks at AVMA-GRD have been a whirlwind tour! It seems bittersweet that we have only one week to go until the end of our four-week externship. I am happy to see family soon but am sad to leave because I finally feel like I have a good understanding for the issues I [...]

First Week… in Review

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

Monday 4/6/09… In junior high, my group of friends and I pretended we were superheroes with unique powers. Mine was that I could flood a room with my back perspiration in 2 seconds. I was reminded of this fact as I reached for a wad of napkins from a bagel shop to wipe my brow. [...]

Week 2 in Washington

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

“The upsetting thing is…” I began, “…That our government’s run by 23-year-olds?” interjected my landlord-for-the-month. That wasn’t my original message, but it resonated. This past week for the first time, I scheduled and ran my own meetings with House and Senate staff, few very much older than me. It struck me as a useful system [...]

Four weeks in a flash

Monday, October 6th, 2008

Its hard to believe our externship is almost over! Erin and I have a meeting at FDA out in Rockville, MD, on Friday before we both head back to school. I will be jumping into Small Animal Anesthesia, and Erin will be preg-checking cows in Nebraska. Our last week has flown by with meetings here [...]

Do You Remember?

Friday, September 12th, 2008

As much as I hate to jump on the bandwagon, it’s hard to escape that question when you are in DC on the seventh anniversary of 9/11. News reports here are full of the dedication of the new Pentagon Memorial, as well as the services held in New York City, Pennsylvania, and across the country. [...]