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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 [...]

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 [...]

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