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Tick Tock, Crazy Clocks

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

So picture this: I’m walking down the halls of Ford House Office Building to attend a meeting at the Committee on Homeland Security when all of a sudden I hear the loudest, most obnoxious fog horn sound throughout the entire building (so I may be exaggerating a little, but it was loud!). My elementary school [...]

Heels to Handshakes

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

I must catch you all up to date on all that I have been doing since my first week. Man, if there is one thing that I have learned from my time here in DC, it’s this: do everything, be everywhere, always say yes to things because you will wind up experience something very special. [...]

Southerner in the City

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Hello all! My name is Elise Ackley and I am a third year veterinary student at Louisiana State University, where I am tracking public practice. For those of you who know me, you know that aside from veterinary medicine, political affairs are my life. I eat, sleep, breathe, and (to the chagrin of my boyfriend) [...]

An Advocate’s Work is Never Done

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Up to this point, I’ve indulged in expressing the joys of being in DC.  However, as I near the completion of my externship, I want to provide a better update on the legislative issues I’ve been advocating.  Since this is appropriation season, I’ve spoken to every Congressional legislative assistant about the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment [...]

Week Three Already!

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

It’s hard to believe I’m already in my third and final week of the AVMA-GRD externship.  It has been an amazing experience and one that I strongly recommend to all veterinary students before they graduate (or at the very least participate in the annual SAVMA Lobby Day).  The week has gotten off to a fast [...]

Thanksgiving, Don’t Wait for the Holiday!

Monday, October 25th, 2010

Last week I met with staff in the offices of Senator Grassley and Congressman Latham, my elected officials from Iowa. Both are and continue to be big supporters of veterinary medicine and livestock. So many times we only contact people when we need or want something for ourselves or those close to us. Often we [...]

Visiting Senator Harkin’s Office

Monday, October 18th, 2010

The thought of visiting a U.S. Senate office in Washington D.C. might seem scary to most of you.  Several questions may cross your mind, “What should I say?”, “What should I do?”, “Where is the office?”,  “Would Hill staff listen to me?”, “What do I have to offer?” I asked myself these questions before making [...]

Lobbying: Lessons

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

Library of Congress It’s been almost a week since my last post and plenty has happened. This week’s key lesson is a difficult one to put into words, but it stems from many Americans’ view of lobbying. Many, including myself, hear the word “lobby” or “lobbyist” and instantly have a bad taste in their mouth. However, [...]

Become your own Advocate!

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

This week I have joined the ranks of citizen activists and have lobbied on behalf of veterinarians across the country. Though I have done this at the state level, this experience was so different and magnified that they cannot even compare. I was actually surprised at the ease of setting up meetings with the individuals [...]

Below is just a sampling of the many things I’ve been doing…

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

There are many perks to working on the Hill. One of those perks is the abundance of free food. AVMA, like many businesses and organizations, strategically contributes to the campaigns of Congressmen and Senators who hold a short reception where the contributors get to speak directly with the candidates. I went to three of these [...]

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