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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 Hill Has Ayes

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

My first experience with Robert’s Rules of Order was when I was a citizen at the American Legion Auxiliary’s Louisiana Girls State program. That was a great introduction but no where near the level our Congress People work through markups on the hill. A markup is the process by which a U.S. congressional committee debates, [...]

701 meets 0701

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

You’ve probably heard the quote “it’s the little things.” Even in the Nation’s not-so-small capital of Washington, D.C., that phrase has rung true with me over the last month. As I prepare to depart D.C., trading in my suit and tie for coveralls and stethoscope, I’d like to thank several Washingtonians, Virginians, and Marylanders for [...]

Perspectives

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

“As we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns – the ones we don’t know we don’t know. And if one looks throughout [...]

Searching For Something Different

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

“Stay true to yourself and keep your mind open” This is the advice Dr. Erin Casey gave me as we talked about her path to veterinary medicine. Like me, Dr. Casey went through vet school knowing she wanted to work in something other than clinical practice and research, but wasn’t quite sure what that different [...]

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 [...]

200/100

Monday, September 18th, 2017

Have you ever been looking for something but you didn’t know what to call it? A word that escaped you? A concept to which you couldn’t put a name? An animal species which you could describe in several sentences but whose binomial eluded you? A job description whose title remained unknown? I’ve been struggling with such [...]

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, [...]

Meeting Lots of Veterinarians

Monday, March 27th, 2017

One bad thing, of many, about being in DC is there are a lot of people.  One good thing, of many, about being in DC means that there are also a lot of veterinarians! There are various headquarters and offices for most government agencies and private corporations all close enough to visit and meet with [...]

Externs Exit

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

As is the way with all good things, my time as an AVMA GRD Extern has come to an end. This has been a phenomenal opportunity, I have learned a great deal, and met many fascinating people. At the risk of sounding like a college football pregame show, here’s a summary of my experience by [...]

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