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Year of the Pulses

Monday, October 19th, 2015

Wait, what? You read that correctly. The FAO and the United Nations have declared 2016 as “The International Year of the Pulses“, which aims to raise public awareness of the nutritional benefits of pulses as part of sustainable food production aimed towards food security and nutrition. Pulses are annual leguminous crops. The term ‘pulse’ is limited to [...]

We The Veterinarians

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

The AVMA Legislative Advisory Committee (LAC) convenes to discuss new legislation that impacts animal health and welfare and the veterinary profession. Veterinarians from across the country discuss the issues affecting their clients and patients, and help determine the AVMA’s legislative agenda. The veterinarians I met at the LAC were of diverse backgrounds and practice styles. [...]

I’m Just a Bill

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

We’re off to a busy start this week, and in honor of our first solo hill visit I thought I’d talk about one of our goals for the externship – to meet with the Senators and Representatives from our home states. I know it’s been a while, so if you don’t remember the 3 branches [...]

Planes, Metro Trains, and Uber-Mobiles

Friday, September 11th, 2015

I’m thrilled to be back in Washington, D.C. and looking forward to the next 4 weeks with the AVMA! As a frequent visitor to the city, I get by fairly well without my car, although having grown up near the Motor City I do miss it! Even with the help of the Metro, Google Maps, [...]

From Big Idea to Bill – Stop Soring

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

I hope everyone reading remembers the classic “I’m Just a Bill” from the folks at Schoolhouse Rock. (If not, check it out on youtube. Right now!) The tune was stuck in my head all day yesterday after Nicola and I attended a stakeholder meeting for the PAST (Prevent all Soring Tactics) Act. First, a little [...]

A Taste of the Good Life

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

This morning I got to do one of my favorite things. I got to have breakfast with fellow Huskers from “the Good Life”. It is called the Nebraska Congressional Breakfast and it takes place every Wednesday morning while Congress is in session. It is the oldest tradition of its kind on Capital Hill  and it [...]

“Laws Don’t Matter”

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Believe it or not, I thought laws didn’t matter for about 67% of my life.  I mean, I got that it was illegal if I steal your donut, or punch a cat, or murder someone. It was more that I thought that any federal legislation was well outside the realm of what affected me on [...]

A Day in the Life of a GRD Extern

Friday, April 5th, 2013

The title is a slight misnomer, given that no two days at GRD are the same, but for students interested in the program, I thought this was a good example of a day showing the breadth of opportunities doing this externship can afford you. 6:30 AM – Woke up.   Hit snooze. 6:38 AM – Woke [...]

Veterinary Students Charge Capitol Hill With a Mission

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Sixty-five veterinary students from around the country gathered this week in Washington, D.C., to let their elected officials know about important legislative issues that impact the veterinary industry. The two-day student fly-in, hosted by AVMA’s Governmental Relations Division, taught the students how to effectively hold briefings with congressional staff and gave them an inside look [...]

Another Busy Week!

Friday, July 27th, 2012

Again, I can’t believe that another week is over! The later part of this week has been especially fun because I was able to get into the offices of Senator John McCain (from my home state of Arizona), and Representative Martha Roby (from my local state of Alabama) to advocate for the AVMA. I decided [...]

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