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The Resistance is Coming

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

Some of the best experiences afforded to us as Externs on the Hill are completely spontaneous. As I looked at my twitter feed two weeks ago, I noticed a posting by the USDA advertising a live-stream for an upcoming conference on the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS). As I looked into the event, I [...]

The Jive Inside the Hive

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

One Health is not a brand new concept, but it is still going through some growing pains as the concept gains some traction in the mainstream. Under the One Health umbrella, different disciplines work together to figure out how to maintain optimal health for people, animals, and the environment. At the One Health Academy in [...]

From buzz to fuzz

Monday, September 18th, 2017

As an aspiring panspecies veterinarian, I am committed to treating all species to the best of my ability. I am very, very committed to that mission. In fact, my classmates back home at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University have often heard me remark that I will be a “from spiders to [...]

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 [...]

Lessons Learned

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

My extern-mate Anita has dutifully attended the blog until now and I am eternally grateful. Thank you, Anita! Rather than revisit material already covered, I thought it would be more meaningful to share some recurring themes that I’ve identified during our adventures in the nation’s capitol. It’s really difficult to exact change in Washington. Many [...]

Biodefense: Surveillance and Detection

Monday, March 16th, 2015

We had a very full day Thursday. We started out by attending the first panel of the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense: Surveillance and Detection. The study panel included members such as Tom Ridge, Kenneth Wanstein, Jim Greenwood, Donna Shalala, and Joseph Lieberman. Their objective was to gather information from qualified members of the [...]

Farm Day, Fun Day!

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

This morning we walked over to the National Press building for a Farm Foundation Forum on Nexus of Technology, Agricultural Productivity, and the Environment. We had the pleasure to hear from a panel of speakers that included Derek Byerlee (an economist and independent agriculture researcher), Dr. Jerry Flint (Vice President, Industry Affairs and Regulatory at [...]

Who We Are

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Yesterday’s adventures included sitting in on a briefing about GMO Labeling, and I got to hear Hugh Weathers, the Agriculture Commissioner for South Carolina (and a fourth-generation farmer) speak. It’s really interesting to be a veterinarian (or an almost-veterinarian) at one of those meetings, because while we deal with food safety and food inspection, veterinarians [...]

2012 FDA/CVM Summer Intern Student Internships Available

Monday, February 27th, 2012

The Windows to Regulatory Research Internship Program is providing an opportunity to spend your summer working at the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) with internationally-renowned scientists, in an environment committed to protecting human and animal health. Whether you work at CVM headquarters in Rockville, MD or at its premier research facility [...]

National Chicken Council Annual Conference Annual Conference

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Jessika, my fellow GRD extern, and I attended the National Chicken Council Annual Conference this week. Why would two veterinary students attend the annual meeting of the chicken industry’s trade association? Veterinarians weren’t speaking and the conference wasn’t focused on animal health. Well, there were some pretty entertaining speakers (including Charlie Cook of the Cook [...]

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