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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 [...]

Who Knew There Were So Many Veterinarians in the Federal Government??

Friday, June 21st, 2013

Upon our arrival in D.C., the GRD staff handed Allie and I a 16-page document listing many of the D.C. area veterinarians working in federal government agencies. 16 pages! Our assignment: to meet with these individuals and learn about their role within their agency and how that impacts our nation’s biosecurity, research, grant distribution, education, [...]

Federal budgeting

Friday, April 19th, 2013

Earlier this week I attended an Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies House Appropriations subcommittee hearing, led by Chairman Robert Aderholt, R-AL 4th District with primary witness Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture. I don’t consider myself particularly economically inclined. Reading about the rise and fall of the stock market leaves me with more [...]

GRD Externship by the Numbers

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Tomorrow is my last day.  Naturally I started reviewing the last 4 weeks with the AVMA-GRD externship, and I always like the exercise of looking at the numbers: 20 – weekdays of service 24 – veterinarians I met who were in federal agencies, interest organizations, fellowships, universities, and/or think tanks 2 – giant pandas seen [...]

Field trips

Sunday, April 14th, 2013

I wish every vet student could experience these four weeks in D.C. I am extremely grateful to be able to participate in this externship, as I have come in contact with some very cool people! Everyone seems very willing to talk to impressionable young vet students. On Thursday, Zach and I visited the FDA Center [...]

Alphabet Soup

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

In one week, I visited the following organizations: USAID, USDA, EFSA, APHIS-VS, APHIS-CA, VMRCVM, AVMA, AAVMC, FSIS, DSH, CRS, and FDA-CVM to discuss the following topics: VMMA, VMLRPEA, MUMS, PAMTA, DATA, PUPS and pups (who doesn’t talk about their dogs?!).  And despite the alphabet soup, each place I went, there were vets.  And looking back [...]

Maybe I’m interested in lab animal medicine?

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

In one word, my experience at the NIH campus today was AWESOME. I first met with Dr. Patricia Brown, who took me out to her office at the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare. After talking with her about her position and the general responsibilities of OLAW, she introduced me to several other veterinarians in the [...]

Meetings, meetings, and more meetings

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

This morning I attended a breakfast with Dr. Mark Lutschaunig, AVMA-GRD Director, for Senator Ben Cardin, of Maryland. Also in attendance at this event were representatives of many other medical professions, all who expressed their concerns about healthcare reform to Senator Cardin. I was impressed by the gravity with which Senator Cardin considered those concerns, [...]

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 [...]

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