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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 [...]

AVMA’s Annual Legislative Student Fly-In

Monday, November 24th, 2014

The 7th annual AVMA Legislative Fly-In will take place March 1-3, 2015, in Washington, D.C. The workshop is designed to introduce veterinary students to the legislative process and to educate students and members of Congress on public policy issues facing the veterinary profession. During the two-day meeting this upcoming spring, staff from AVMA’s Governmental Relations [...]

Global Health Security Agenda

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Last Thursday I spent the day at George Washington University for a one-day symposium on the new Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA), which is a cooperative effort between NGOs, foreign governments, foundations, and the US government to prioritize issues and threats to global health security. There were many types of people at the conference, [...]

Zoo Vets

Friday, September 26th, 2014

This week Spencer and I got the opportunity to visit the Smithsonian National Zoo and attend resident rounds with Dr. Samantha Sander, their current 3rd year (and only) resident.  Dr. Sander gave a very interesting presentation on contraception and sterilization techniques used in zoos and wildlife populations.  She was also nice enough to take us on [...]

Animal Health Institute’s 2014 Celebrity Pet Night

Friday, September 19th, 2014

For the past 18 years the Animal Health Institute (AHI) has sponsored the Celebrity Pet Night event on Capitol Hill. During the reception, guests are invited to mix and mingle with their colleagues and enjoy a wide variety of food and drinks in honor of the relationship between humans and their pets. Attendees are invited [...]

Ebola and veterinarians

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Yesterday I attended a senate hearing on Ebola and the recent outbreak in Liberia which, in an apparently rare move, was jointly held by an appropriations subcommittee and the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. It was my first hearing, and was much more formal than the briefings I’ve been to (and, incidentally, did [...]

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