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Externs Exit

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

As is the way with all good things, my time as an AVMA GRD Extern has come to an end. This has been a phenomenal opportunity, I have learned a great deal, and met many fascinating people. At the risk of sounding like a college football pregame show, here’s a summary of my experience by [...]

From Celebrity Pets to Army Vets: the Final Week

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

Tuesday night: The Animal Health Institute (AHI) hosted its annual Celebrity Pet Night on Capitol Hill. AHI represents companies who produce medicines for both pet and production animals, advocating for research and animal health issues. The celebrity guests of honor were Frosty, who plays “Larry” on Modern Family, and Jagger, star of the military working [...]

DC, Until We Meet Again

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

The past four weeks flew by. As the days grew longer and stickier with sweat, Lucy and I continued to meet more incredible members of the “Vet Mafia,” as they call themselves. Although the term “Mafia” may invoke visions of harsh negotiators or ruthless leaders, the “Vet Mafia” is actually a group of amicable altruists. [...]

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 [...]

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