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A Place for Innovation and Zebrafish

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

There is a place where innovative ideas on the forefront of scientific research collide to produce state-of-the-art results. This place is also the world’s largest medical research center. Additionally, this place houses over a billion animals, including thousands of zebrafish. The place I am talking about is the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and we [...]

Enjoying free-dom

Monday, April 14th, 2014

I hope everyone had the fortune to experience weather as wonderful as what we had in DC over the weekend. It was as close as you get to perfect: 70s/80s and sunny, with a solid breeze from time to time.  As such, it made for perfect weather to get up, and get out (of the [...]

There is No Right or Wrong Answer

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

With veterinary school graduation inching closer every day, a big question we are asking ourselves is what should we do immediately afterwards? Should we pursue an internship, should we work in clinical practice, should we try to attain a government job? These are all questions Emerson and I have been discussing with veterinarians while here [...]

I have a fever…

Friday, April 11th, 2014

…and the only prescription, is more time on the Hill! Well in truth, had a fever, and the way I beat it was rest. Oh and some of debatably the most beautiful days DC will be graced with this year. But ignore the fact that I was a bit down for the count with an [...]

The Opportunities Are Endless

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Henry David Thoreau, a famous American poet and philosopher, once said, “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”  This quote resonates well with the meetings Emerson and I attended this week. Emerson and I began our week on Monday by meeting with two veterinarians who work for the Department of [...]

Off to a Running Start

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

There’s a feeling you get when you are just about to embark on a long run.  As adrenaline rushes through your body, you can’t wait to start running.  Similarly, there is a surge of adrenaline, bringing anxiety as well as excitement, that comes with a first day on a new job, at a new school, [...]

New Recruits: Introducing the April 2014 Externs

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Good afternoon, fellow readers!  My name is Tabitha Basine, and I am a third year veterinary student from the University of Pennsylvania.  Emerson Tuttle, a third year veterinary student from Tufts University, and I are the two new AVMA GRD externs for the month of April.  We are looking forward to writing about our experiences [...]

Now This Is Not The End…

Friday, March 28th, 2014

…It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning. (Sir Winston Churchill) Ahhh, the old clichés about leaving. I’ve learned so much. Parting is such sweet sorrow. It has been such an incredible opportunity. And these things are all true. As I get ready to move [...]

An Open Door Can Open Your Eyes

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Most Americans are five generations removed from farming. That means that their family hasn’t farmed since the current generation’s great-great-great-grandfather worked a farm. I don’t even know the names of any of my great-great-great-grandfathers (although I am only two generations removed, personally). But my grandfather, who worked the family farm in Fresno, California, left the [...]

I Smell Popcorn and Cotton Candy- The Circus Must be in Town

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

I feel so incredibly lucky to have been on this externship at this particular time, because I was here when the circus came to town. And then I was doubly lucky because the circus invited several veterinarians and congressional staffers to a backstage tour (yours truly included). So I went to meet the animals. I [...]

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