First Days at the AVMA-GRD

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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 [...]

New Recruits: Introducing the April 2014 Externs

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Good afternoon, fellow readers!  My name is Tabitha Basine, and I am a third year veterinary student from the University of Pennsylvania.  Emerson Tuttle, a third year veterinary student from Tufts University, and I are the two new AVMA GRD externs for the month of April.  We are looking forward to writing about our experiences [...]

Diversity in Our Profession: Some Thoughts

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

There are things that define the veterinary student and, by extension, the veterinarian. We are women (nearly 80%, one of the most female-dominated professions in the world). We are almost invariably Type A overachievers. We love animals. We take a certain (possibly twisted) satisfaction from draining and flushing a good abscess. We would rather go [...]

Day “One:” A Georgia Dawg Does a DC Tradition

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Day One: A Georgia Dawg Does A DC Tradition They say no day at the AVMA is the same, and I think my first day is certainly no exception. I got to DC on Saturday, so excited to check in to my hotel, settle in, and get ready for my first day. Of course, I [...]

Getting the Lay of the Land: First Days in DC

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Every time I turn around in D.C. there are type A people (just like me… on a good day) waiting to start up a thoughtful, timely conversation peppered with facts they JUST gleaned from the latest twitter feed and name dropping like they know everyone in the United States. This is a city brimming with [...]

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