First Days at the AVMA-GRD

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An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

This past week I had the opportunity to see past Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle speak as a part of the Blue Ribbon Panel on BioDefense (BRPB). The BRPB began in 2014 as a privately funded, bipartisan, entity with panel members composted of former Representatives, Senators, and Governors among other high ranking federal positions. The [...]

The Name Game

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

It’s fairly standard procedure to begin each new rotation during clinics with a little round robin of names, future interests, and probably a fun fact or two with your rotation mates and new clinicians. I’ll start off this rotation with all of you in lieu of my peers. My name is Matt Kuhn. When I [...]

From A Streetcar Named Desire to Drama with WMATA

Monday, September 18th, 2017

Congress is back in session, and I’m back in D.C. looking for the drama. I’m not talking about the usual left versus right debates on the best station for great reality TV (CSPAN). I’m looking for the drama that is found at any neighborhood pharmacy store: Dramamine. The stop and go of the DC metro [...]

Midwest Nice AKA USA Nice

Friday, September 8th, 2017

Growing up in the Midwest, I was often warned about “the Coasts.” I was told by many a Midwesterner that people in these two mysterious lands were not as nice as those living back at home, that they were often rude and harsh. In fact, I remember when my brother and I traveled to Philadelphia, [...]

The Beginning of an “Unconventional” Veterinary Medical Clinical Rotation

Monday, March 13th, 2017

Hello from the nation’s capital!  It is a very interesting time to be in DC.  With changes in congress, a new administration, and crazy spring weather there are many things occurring!  Throughout the month of March I am serving as a veterinary medical student extern with the AVMA governmental relations division here in Washington.  That [...]

So Much Networking, So Little Time

Monday, October 12th, 2015

I cannot believe that I am already starting my second week with the GRD. I think that time passes more quickly in D.C. than any other place.  As you can imagine with any new experience, the first week was full of introductions, orientations and many (MANY!) meetings. Sarah and I have ventured to the Hill [...]

First days and old acquaintances!

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

I’m excited to be back in my favorite city: Washington, DC! Before I started veterinary school, I worked for two years at the National Institutes of Health, and from those post-undergrad times came some of my closest friends and fondest memories. It’s funny to remember applying to veterinary school while living here a couple years [...]

Protecting American Agriculture

Friday, June 5th, 2015

Although I had to arrive two days late to the AVMA-GRD externship, participating in the 2015 Smith-Kilborne (SK) Program was a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience public veterinary medicine in full force and to visit both the USDA’s facilities in Riverdale, Maryland, and in Plum Island, NY. The program selects one veterinary student from each school in [...]

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 [...]

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