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Zoo Vets

Friday, September 26th, 2014

This week Spencer and I got the opportunity to visit the Smithsonian National Zoo and attend resident rounds with Dr. Samantha Sander, their current 3rd year (and only) resident.  Dr. Sander gave a very interesting presentation on contraception and sterilization techniques used in zoos and wildlife populations.  She was also nice enough to take us on [...]

Animal Health Institute’s 2014 Celebrity Pet Night

Friday, September 19th, 2014

For the past 18 years the Animal Health Institute (AHI) has sponsored the Celebrity Pet Night event on Capitol Hill. During the reception, guests are invited to mix and mingle with their colleagues and enjoy a wide variety of food and drinks in honor of the relationship between humans and their pets. Attendees are invited [...]

Ebola and veterinarians

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Yesterday I attended a senate hearing on Ebola and the recent outbreak in Liberia which, in an apparently rare move, was jointly held by an appropriations subcommittee and the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. It was my first hearing, and was much more formal than the briefings I’ve been to (and, incidentally, did [...]

Calling all veterinary students

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Calling all veterinary students—the application for the 2015 AVMA Governmental Relations Student Externship Program in Washington, D.C., is now online. The externship program pairs talented veterinary students with AVMA’s Governmental Relations Division (GRD) for an intense, four-week immersion program that introduces them to the breadth of public policy issues facing the profession while providing hands-on [...]

Pride in our Nation and Profession

Thursday, September 11th, 2014

The flags are flying low around the capital city today as we all remember what happened 13 years ago today.  I was a freshman in high school, but of course I remember it like it was yesterday.  I’m certain that most of you reading this do as well.  A lot has happened since then, but [...]

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 [...]

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