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Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

Like Dorothy said, there is no place like home.   Fortunately the great staff at the GRD have made this extern feel right at home in DC.  From start to finish this has been a wonderful experience! I encourage you to consider applying! As I reflect on the past four weeks I see a recurring theme: [...]

And they’re off!

Monday, May 4th, 2015

                What a beautiful weekend it was in DC. I was able to enjoy the warm, sunny weather on Saturday at the races! Though I was a little far from Churchill Downs, the Virginia Gold Cup was the perfect compromise. The crowd consisted of ladies in colorful dresses, [...]

Bright Lights, Big City

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

It is great to be back in DC! As an undergraduate in the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, I was able to spend a summer working on the Hill as an agricultural fellow. It was during that time that I met with Dr. Anna Reddish, then Miss Anna Daniel, who was [...]

Toxicoses in the gardens

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

As my time here is wrapping up, I think I will probably do a series of short blog posts on topics that at one point I was considering spending a lot of time on. So first up, here’s a short bit on toxicology inspired by my trip to the National Botanical Gardens (possibly one of [...]

Biodefense panel tackles disaster response and recovery

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

On April 1st, 2015, the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense convened its fourth and final session, hearing from expert witnesses on emergency response and recovery issues at both the national and state levels. While many topics were discussed, the overarching theme that emerged from the testimonies was that disaster response, regardless of the type [...]

Let’s talk about the white female elephant in the room…

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

That’s right; I’m talking about diversity, or rather our lack thereof. In November of 2013 The Atlantic declared the veterinarian the “whitest job” in the US at 97% white. And as the number of women in the profession continues to grow, male veterinarians continue to be far more likely to take on leadership roles in [...]

Visit from the USAHA

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

On 17 March, key members of the United States Animal Health Association (USAHA) joined AVMA-GRD leadership to discuss issues and priorities pertinent to appropriations season in Washington, D.C. When meeting with the Animal Agriculture Coalition, hot topics included the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Enhancement Act (VMLRPEA), support for the National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN), [...]

Biodefense: Surveillance and Detection

Monday, March 16th, 2015

We had a very full day Thursday. We started out by attending the first panel of the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense: Surveillance and Detection. The study panel included members such as Tom Ridge, Kenneth Wanstein, Jim Greenwood, Donna Shalala, and Joseph Lieberman. Their objective was to gather information from qualified members of the [...]

Monday, USDA Day!

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Yesterday, we took the green line out to Riverdale, MD for a full day at the USDA APHIS facility. Dr. Gary Egrie, USDA-APHIS Farm Animal Welfare Coordinator, met with us at the beginning of the day to go over the history, structure of USDA, and purview of the organization. He gave us an overview of his job [...]

Welcome to Washington, D.C.!

Sunday, March 8th, 2015

As the first externs of the 114th Congress it was appropriate that we started the externship off with the 2015 AVMA Legislative Student Fly-In.  I had the pleasure of attending the 2013 Student Fly-in and it was during that experience that I was first introduced to the idea of being an active participant in the [...]

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