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Take action for veterinary medicine in the Mile High City

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

The AVMA Congressional Advocacy Network (AVMA-CAN) is headed to Denver for the AVMA Annual Convention on July 26-28. We will be located in the AVMA Pavilion, booth #639, where we will be providing opportunities for AVMA members and other participants to voice their concerns about federal legislation directly to Congress through the AVMA-CAN Government Action [...]

The Safest Place on Earth

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

Time seems to move at a faster pace in Washington, DC. Maybe it’s the pace of the city, the heat and humidity, or the countless things to do. Regardless, my time here is quickly coming to an end. As a DC native, I have had the luxury of exploring and experiencing most of what DC [...]

Breakfast of Champions

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

I had the honor of meeting Congressman and Veterinarian Kurt Schrader from Oregon at Breakfast yesterday morning. It was down by Union Station at the George Hotel at 830am, and it was already 90 degrees outside as I hopped on metro! That’s the one thing I don’t miss about DC – the hot and humid [...]

To Practice or Not to Practice?

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

I have never considered myself a “traditional” veterinary student. I like policy, disease outbreaks and anything else that gets little attention in school. A career in the federal government sounds like a dream. I’ve always loved animals and science but I saw myself applying those skills in a different way than most of my classmates. [...]

How Others See Our Profession

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

The past week has been one of the of the most enlightening experiences of my veterinary education and career. I have visited with numerous staff members from congressional offices and lobbied on behalf of several bills that will greatly help our veterinary profession. All of my visits have been overwhelmingly positive and all the staffers [...]

DVM: A World of Possibilities

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

I am learning so much about how far my DVM can take me. I have always known that I would be a nontraditional veterinarian. I’ve been worried that I might be limited in my options for this reason. This externship has taught me that I couldn’t be more wrong. This week, I went to the Department of State and spoke [...]

Student Loan Debt

Sunday, June 8th, 2014

One of the many opportunities I have as an extern is to attend hearings within the Senate and House of Representatives. Most hearings are open to the public and I encourage you to go to one that interests you if you are in D.C. On Wednesday, I attended a Senate hearing over student loan debt. [...]

There’s No Place Like Home

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

There is something about coming back to Washington, DC that is hard to articulate.  It’s an intangible feeling, a certain energy that permeates the city and overcomes you the moment you step in to Union Station. Having grown up in Washington DC proper, you would think that over the years of countless trips home from [...]

Goodbye DC

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

What a gorgeous last day to be in DC. During my time here I’ve definitely learned to love the area and the people – perhaps I’ve caught the bug. Looking back on my experience I’m so glad I decided to do this externship. Anyone reading who is considering it should really just put in an [...]

High in Demand

Monday, May 19th, 2014

Kevin and I have started our adventures in meeting the many veterinarians who work in association with the federal government or in institutionalized veterinary medicine.  If there is one take away from this externship with the AVMA-GRD let it be this:  Bring business cards.  And more than you would think. I designed my own cards [...]

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