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DC Time vs. the rest of the US Time

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

Week two has been exceptional. This externship has taken me all over the city, to events that range from delightful to inspirational, and has allowed me to meet a countless number of individuals whose achievements are astounding.     One thing it has taught me, though, is that DC moves on a different time scale [...]

Navigating Your Dreams

Monday, September 19th, 2016

When I left California for Washington, D.C. last week I was filled with two overwhelming emotions: excitement and terror. I was excited because the externship with the AVMA-GRD would allow me to follow my passion of advocacy for animal welfare and issues that face veterinary students, introduce me to incredible veterinarians with unique positions in [...]

The Role of Veterinary Medicine and Livestock in International Development

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

First, let me introduce myself. My name is Amy Smith and I’m a third year veterinary student at the University of Florida. There’s a little more information about me in the “About the Authors” page. The most important things to know about me are: I am passionate about animal agriculture. I have a strong interest [...]

“Whose office is this?” “The Speaker’s.”

Monday, July 25th, 2016

These are the events through the week of July 10, 2016. On Monday, we briefly attended a meeting for the AVMA-Political Action Committee Board. It was interesting to hear the different points of view and how different ideas can come together to better the PAC. After that, we went to another meeting discussing the Freedom [...]

Week One of a Kind

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

I woke up in Chicago on Monday, July 4, and boarded a flight to Washington Reagan National. There was abundant activity in D.C. during the first week of my externship with the AVMA’s Governmental Relations Division (GRD). There was also no shortage of kindness: On Monday afternoon, a friend showed me around Glover Park before [...]

There are even lunch lectures on Capitol Hill

Friday, July 8th, 2016

This past week was spent getting acquainted in Washington DC as well as re-familiarizing myself with the legislative process. I arrived to DC, after only one delayed flight from O’Hare, and it was easy to settle in. Every so often, I would hear the localized explosions of illegal fireworks from folks celebrating America. Many tourists [...]

Making a Case for Case Based Learning

Friday, July 1st, 2016

As my time here comes to a close, I continue to ponder how all avenues of veterinary medicine are connected—whether you are interested in practice, working in the government, research, academia, or industry. Challenges we will face in our careers are microcosms of a bigger interrelated picture. Cases may not be on the scale of [...]

Final thoughts on my time in D.C.

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

My time in Washington D.C. has been nothing short of phenomenal. Of course living in a city like D.C. can be tough, especially when you’re like me and grew up in rural southeast Indiana but I wouldn’t change it for the world! No other opportunity like this exists for veterinary students. I spent the month [...]

Things to Think About if you’re Considering a Career in Government

Monday, June 27th, 2016

This externship has been a whirlwind, but incredible, experience. I’ve had the opportunity to meet with close to 100 people involved with government and organized veterinary medicine during my time here in D.C. Here are a few things I’ve learned about working in government as a veterinarian: “Pros” – These are just a few things [...]

Diversity—or Lack Thereof—in Veterinary Medicine

Friday, June 24th, 2016

While veterinary medicine has been in the spotlight for its lack of diversity, statements that have been made “sound harshly negative, yet in reality, they have served to energize diversity initiatives at our nation’s schools of veterinary medicine,” according to a recent article published in Insight Into Diversity. I had the pleasure of meeting with [...]

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