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FDA and Congress Meetings

Friday, April 14th, 2017

Our meetings at the FDA on Wednesday were really interesting – from understanding the way a drug is approved to the role of the Center for Veterinary Medicine at the FDA, it was an educational day. We met with four veterinarians involved in a variety of actives – from communications to international work. Thursday was [...]

Appreciating Spring.

Friday, April 14th, 2017

I have to say that I was pretty devastated when a friend told me before I left Ithaca that I would be missing the cherry blossoms in DC. Every year I come to DC at the end of April, just a tad too late to experience the beautiful blooms. However, this year, I was supposed [...]

Meetings on the Hill — VMLRPEA

Friday, April 14th, 2017

This week has marked the first of my Hill visits to discuss with members of Congress two important student loan issues: reauthorization of the Higher Education Act and passage of Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program Enhancement Act (VMLRPEA). Many aspects of the Higher Education Act are essential to reducing the loan burden that veterinary students [...]

The metro and me

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

This weekend was filled with the typical tourist fanfare. I walked all over the Mall, from Georgetown all the way to the Capitol Building and back. I was sad to find that the Washington Monument has once again been closed for repairs – this time till spring of 2019. Wandering around Georgetown I did manage [...]

First Week Down!

Friday, April 7th, 2017

This week has really flown by! Most of it has been occupied by emailing – I have been trying to ensure all the veterinarians we are interested in connecting with have been contacted. Tuesday was filled with getting to know more staff in the office, specifically the Assistant Directors and the various portfolios of issues [...]

Vote With Your Fork.

Friday, April 7th, 2017

Yesterday, my extern mate and I attended an event sponsored by the Council on Food, Agricultural, and Resource Economics (C-FARE) in partnership with the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) titled Tackling the Challenges of Innovative Trade and Maintaining Robust Markets, Capitalizing on Big Data, and Advancing Consumer Health Symposium. The morning opened with discussions [...]

First Day Excitement

Friday, April 7th, 2017

Having just spent the last month in Minnesota with the USDA APHIS, I arrived in D.C. on Sunday after a quick unpacking and repacking of the bags in Philadelphia. My coveralls and work boots were swapped for any and all clothing that could be deemed ‘business attire,’ a rather small amount in my closet. I [...]

It is good to see you again, DC.

Friday, April 7th, 2017

What can I say other than that it is good to be back in Washington, DC? This week marked the beginning of my four-week externship in the Governmental Relations Department of the American Veterinary Medical Association. Having lived in this great city before, I was more than thrilled to return. However, this return has marked [...]

Final Thoughts

Friday, March 31st, 2017

As I finish up my four weeks with the AVMA GRD, one message from veterinarians came up time and time again. You never know where you’ll end up. Which, of course, is dauntingly filled with uncertainty but I think there’s some beauty in that. Our degree is tremendously flexible, allowing us the freedom to take [...]

Having fun in DC

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Some exploring recommendations for future externs! National Museum of Women in the Arts-  One of the few museums in DC that charges admission, but WELL worth the student price of $8.  Stumbled upon this place with a visiting friend and had a great time.  Really beautiful and interesting collections, obviously all by women artists.  Definitely [...]

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