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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 [...]

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 [...]

Pope Francis visits Congress (and so do we!)

Monday, September 28th, 2015

Washington was abuzz last week with the arrival of Pope Francis. In anticipation of the 50,000+ visitors expected in the city for the papal festivities, many DC employees teleworked mid-week from the comfort of their homes and pajamas. Heather and I, however, decided to brave the crowds. We secured tickets to watch the Pope’s address [...]

From the President’s Cabinet to your Kitchen Cabinet: 5 Facts About the USDA

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

It has been a long time since much farming went on in Washington. Fortunately, there is plenty of great farming and food production happening across the United States, and while the White House doesn’t keep farm animals on the South Lawn anymore, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) does keep the President and the [...]

Protecting American Agriculture

Friday, June 5th, 2015

Although I had to arrive two days late to the AVMA-GRD externship, participating in the 2015 Smith-Kilborne (SK) Program was a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience public veterinary medicine in full force and to visit both the USDA’s facilities in Riverdale, Maryland, and in Plum Island, NY. The program selects one veterinary student from each school in [...]

Lessons from APHIS

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

At this point I’ve been in DC about two weeks, and am settling into a little routine- or at least getting used to the lack thereof. Congress was on recess, so getting started has been a little bit slow, but it’s given me a good chance to meet a lot of vets around town and [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Weaving a web

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Deftly we all spin them: willingly, wittingly, and for a distinct purpose. Through each conversation they either expand, strengthen, become more intricate, or can fragment, fray, and weaken.  Being in DC puts Tabitha and my spinning strategies to the test, and thankfully due to preparation, amiable personalities, and the proper introductory paths, the layers of [...]

A Country Without Wildlife is Like a Garden Without Flowers

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Asking a veterinarian (or vet student) to pick a favorite species is like asking a parent to pick a favorite child. But I do have to admit to a little bit of favoritism here- I adore African megafauna, particularly elephants and rhinos. So I was pretty excited to attend a briefing sponsored by Senator Coons [...]

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