First Days at the AVMA-GRD

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Lessons from APHIS

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

At this point I’ve been in DC about two weeks, and am settling into a little routine- or at least getting used to the lack thereof. Congress was on recess, so getting started has been a little bit slow, but it’s given me a good chance to meet a lot of vets around town and [...]

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 [...]

Orientation and snow day!

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

 After the whirlwind of the AVMA Student Legislative Fly-In, we were able to finally get around to orientation. After a brisk walk to Dupont Circle I arrived at the AVMA GRD building for the first time during my externship. My orientation began with being handed a 25-page document listed almost all the veterinarians in Washington [...]

Welcome to Washington, D.C.!

Sunday, March 8th, 2015

As the first externs of the 114th Congress it was appropriate that we started the externship off with the 2015 AVMA Legislative Student Fly-In.  I had the pleasure of attending the 2013 Student Fly-in and it was during that experience that I was first introduced to the idea of being an active participant in the [...]

An Exciting Beginning

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

These first few days in D.C. have been a whirlwind! So much has been going on and I can’t imagine what else is in store. On Monday, Alex and I got to meet the amazing staff at the AVMA GRD. It is so exciting to hear about how hard they are working to ensure the future [...]

The Art of Persuasion

Monday, May 5th, 2014

Just thinking about scheduling a lobbying meeting makes me nervous.  Part of my responsibility as an AVMA-GRD extern (and being able to have a fancy office!) is going out and lobbying, you know, to be dramatically involved in the political process. On Friday last week, Kevin and I had our mock lobbying pitches with Gina, [...]

We have the right stuff…just help us to unleash it.

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

Innovation is a bipartisan effort allowing us as a nation to come up with new ideas, new products, and new discoveries.  The main question we need to ask ourselves is not a financial one, but rather is “Are we running an innovation deficit?” and “Could we be capping our innovation growth as a nation?  Kevin [...]

Week One Round Up

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Wow, what a busy week it’s been! I can’t believe I am already 25% of the way through my externship. Kristen and I hit the ground running on Monday as we arrived during the AVMA’s semiannual Legislative Action Committee meeting. This meeting, attended by representatives from organizations such as the AAEP, ASLAP, and AABP, is [...]

“What made you interested in this externship?”

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

“What made you interested in this externship?”  Well, that is a question which often gets thrown my way, and funny enough, is one I often ask myself.   Let me give you some of my perspective, and my thoughts, of how I came to be in Washington, D.C. serving as an AVMA-GRD extern. When I was [...]

Pandas, Puppies, and a Moose on the Hill

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

And so the week marched on, with Tabitha and I starting to get our bearings – both as temporary citizens of DC and as seasoned pros of the march up to Capitol Hill. After attending, and this time actively presenting at an appropriations meeting with Gina and Chris (a consultant for AVMA) to David Scott’s [...]

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