Food Safety

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 [...]

Food Security

Monday, September 20th, 2010

We are already into the third week of our AVMA externships here in the district.  Congress is back in session today, and we will be attending the subcommittee hearing on the Wright county egg recall involving Salmonella enteritidis on Thursday.  Food safety, along with animal welfare and environmental impact, seem to be the prevailing trends [...]

One Health

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

Representing the AVMA this past Monday, I participated in a Joint Subcommittee on Ocean Science and Technology (JSOST) Interagency Working Group on Harmful algal blooms, Hypoxia, and Human Health hosted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Participating organizations also included the AAVMC, USGS, NIH NIEHS, CDC, USAID, and MMC. Marguerite Pappaioanou, DVM, co-author on ”Sustaining Global [...]

Public Practice

Monday, May 17th, 2010

USDA For those of you that don’t know me, I am interested in working for a federal agency upon graduation from veterinary school.  Only about 75 of the 2,600 veterinarian students graduating annually consider working for a federal agency.  It is predicted that more than 510 Federal veterinarians will be eligible for retirement within the [...]

First Week… in Review

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

Monday 4/6/09… In junior high, my group of friends and I pretended we were superheroes with unique powers. Mine was that I could flood a room with my back perspiration in 2 seconds. I was reminded of this fact as I reached for a wad of napkins from a bagel shop to wipe my brow. [...]