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An experience like none other

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

Leaving DC this morning was not easy, for many reasons. Primarily, I had the foresight to book a 6:10am flight to Boston, meaning my alarm greeted me with a 4:05am rendition of Nina Simone’s ‘Sinnerman.’ The dark cab ride to Reagan National Airport brought with it a pleasant surprise: being sent off by the illuminated [...]

Until Next Time DC!

Friday, July 12th, 2013

I can’t believe that my four weeks has come to an end! It feels like yesterday that I was sitting at my desk making my very first blog entry and now I’m writing my final entry. My time in Washington, D.C. has been incredible and eye-opening. Before coming here, I had a small understanding of [...]

So long, farewell, until we meet again

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

Even though my externship officially ended on Friday at 5 pm, I decided to stay in the city a bit longer since I have an off block for the next two weeks. Lucky me! Or unlucky, depending on how you look at it. My four weeks here were technically the start of my fourth year [...]

GRD Externship by the Numbers

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Tomorrow is my last day.  Naturally I started reviewing the last 4 weeks with the AVMA-GRD externship, and I always like the exercise of looking at the numbers: 20 – weekdays of service 24 – veterinarians I met who were in federal agencies, interest organizations, fellowships, universities, and/or think tanks 2 – giant pandas seen [...]

Goodbye to DC

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

Let me start out by saying that this experience has been outstanding. It absolutely has been more than I expected. I have had the chance to interact with so many different people and I now have a much better appreciation for the opportunities that veterinarians have in “non-traditional” careers. At the end of the day, [...]

Farewell DC!

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Has it truly been four weeks?  I feel as though I only arrived in DC yesterday, yet here I am cleaning out my office and trying desperately to fit everything back into my suddenly too small suitcase.  It’s a bittersweet final day here at the GRD office as I make my final goodbyes and prepare [...]

GRD’s March Extern Reflects on her Time in Washington

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Chelsey Shivley, a third year veterinary student at Michigan State University, spent the last four weeks here in Washington D.C. advocating on behalf of veterinary issues. During her time here, Chelsey visited the offices of Michigan’s Senators and Representatives to discuss bills like the Veterinary Services Investment Act and the Veterinary Medical Loan Repayment Program [...]

The Finale: Veterinarians and Lawmakers

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

State House OKs ‘Susie’s Law’ to toughen cruelty penalty Bill to muzzle barking dogs fails Mistreat animals, get stiffer penalties Council to mull dog rules Pet Parade: A dog owners’ nightmare State Law Requires Dogs, Cats to Receive Rabies Booster Ever 3 Years ND Cattle Brand Inspection Fee to increase Doyle vetoes raw milk bill [...]

The World Is Yours

Friday, February 26th, 2010

As my time here in Washington comes to a close, I reflect on all of my great experiences as an AVMA government relations extern.  I was able to meet with staff from many of the senators and congressmen from the great state of Florida about the Veterinary Services Investment Act and the Federal Loan Repayment [...]

Anything is Possible

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Hello all! So I am writing this after experiencing possibly the pinnacle of my short life. Allow me to explain. Well, I met with the Legislative Assistant for Congressman Carnahan last week. While I was there one of the Staff Assistants asked if I had been to the White House yet. I answered, “No, I [...]

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