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A Farewell to the District

Friday, November 10th, 2017

It’s truly amazing how quickly six weeks goes by in a city like DC. As I write this, trying to think of how to structure a summary of so many diverse experiences, all of the names and faces I’ve come across keep flashing through my mind. I met congressmen from around the country, both of [...]

Pride for Michigan

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

These past two weeks, I finally had the opportunity to meet with my senators, Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters. Senators certainly have their hands full with their constituents, taking on their entire state rather than the smaller portions that the house members represent. This can make finding time to meet with them considerably, and understandably, [...]

Now say it five times fast

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

The Extern on the Hill program is multifaceted. During our brief stint in DC, part of the externship is to network and meet many veterinarians and scientists in the area, which I touched on in a previous blog post. Another aspect that we spend a significant amount of time on is meeting with congressmen and [...]

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, [...]

SOAP-ing on the Hill

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

Every veterinary student knows the acronym “SOAP.” Subjective. Objective. Assessment. Plan. You don’t receive a DVM without writing at least 500 SOAPS (and that number is probably generously low). During one of my meetings with the three veterinarians in Congress – Rep Kurt Schrader, DVM (D-OR-5), Rep Ted Yoho, DVM (R-FL-3), and Rep Ralph Abraham. [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

Congressional Office Visits Galore, Successes, and the Zoo!

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Visiting Congressional offices over the last week has been exciting and busy!  We completed several dozen visits to both the House and the Senate.  There are multiple ways to contact your representatives at both the state and federal level.  These include phone calls, emails, snail mails, and in person office visits.  The opportunity to be [...]

Getting in the Groove and Snow Day

Monday, March 20th, 2017

The biggest news from DC this week was winter storm Stella.  Or actually maybe it was the White House releasing a preliminary budget, the aftermath, and also Congress debating health care.  That pretty much sums everything up. We celebrated some birthdays with singing and cake: personal highlight of the week? Getting back to the AVMA [...]

The Beginning of an “Unconventional” Veterinary Medical Clinical Rotation

Monday, March 13th, 2017

Hello from the nation’s capital!  It is a very interesting time to be in DC.  With changes in congress, a new administration, and crazy spring weather there are many things occurring!  Throughout the month of March I am serving as a veterinary medical student extern with the AVMA governmental relations division here in Washington.  That [...]

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