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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 [...]

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 [...]

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