First Days at the AVMA-GRD

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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 [...]


Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Tuesday morning was my first time in the National Press Club, and it was a great experience. I attended the release of the latest Pew Commission report concerning how much progress has been made following the initial report 5 years ago. It was a valuable experience to learn about where people have concerns in animal [...]


Friday, October 25th, 2013

My first few days in the Capitol have been a much needed change of pace.  For the last several months I have been “On Clinics” at the University of Tennessee.  Most days I get up and have just enough time to let out my border collie Jarvis, yell at him to hurry up because it’s [...]

Greetings & Gratitude

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Making the trip from Philadelphia to Washington DC this week to start my first day of the AVMA GRD externship was surprisingly easy, even if I did have a little trouble locating the front door of the AVMA offices! Despite growing up on the East Coast, I had only visited Washington DC a handful of [...]

Back to my Roots

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

The jitters didn’t hit me until the night before my flight out of Pullman, WA—my home for the last 3 years as I’ve pursued my veterinary degree at Washington State University. Suddenly, all the excitement that had been building for the previous months as my GRD externship dates got closer turned into that little voice [...]

Hitting the Ground Running

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Hitting the Ground Running A typical commercial airliner touches the ground traveling at approximately 130 knots which is about 150 miles per hour. Although perhaps not 130 knots, my landing at the AVMA’s Governmental Relations Division (GRD) here in Washington just a few days ago has been very “high speed”. Within 24 hours I was [...]

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