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A Day in the Life of an AVMA Extern!

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 6:30am- Woke up, got dressed, had breakfast while reviewing issue briefs 7:30- Left home (Falls Church) and headed to Dunn Loring Metro Station 8:30- Arrived at Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill for the American Horse Council’s Annual Conference 9:00- Met with Dr. Rachel Cezar (USDA APHIS Animal Care, Horse Protection Act) [...]

An Invitation to Attend the American Horse Council Conference in Washington D.C.

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

Many of the leaders in the horse industry gathered in Washington this week for the American Horse Council’s Annual Meeting and National Issues Forum, “Promoting and Protecting the Horse.  Scarlett and I was invited to attend day two of the nearly week-long conference ” courtesy of Dr. Rachel Cezar, a USDA APHIS Animal Care veterinarian.  [...]

One Health in The Real World

Sunday, June 14th, 2015

On Thursday night, we attended the One Health Academy’s dinner meeting at the Capital Yacht Club located just on the waterfront along the Washington Channel of the Potomac River. Based in Washington DC, the One Health Academy holds monthly gatherings as part of their mission to promote interdisciplinary collaboration across numerous and diverse agencies and [...]

Women of DHS

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

On Tuesday, we had lunch with some of the most diverse and interesting veterinarians currently working at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. That’s right—veterinarians. Dr. Michelle Colby is the Agriculture Defense Branch Chief in the Chemical and Biological Division of the Science and Technology Directorate (S&T). Among her diverse portfolio of responsibilities, she is [...]

Back to Basics: First Amendment Rights for Students

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

One of the goals as a policy extern, especially during the first week, is to “Become familiar with the issues of importance being tracked by the GRD office” as stated in our program description. With the beginning of the 114th Legislative Congress in January, there have been some new additions to AVMA’s portfolio such as [...]

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 [...]

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