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Wild and Wonderful Hill Visits

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

This week, I spent the majority of my time on the Hill lobbying for the AVMA’s key issues. As externs, we are requested to meet with our state members, which in my case includes 2 senators and 3 representatives from West Virginia. In preparation for the meetings I: Met with the assistant directors to discuss [...]

The Association of [insert any topic of interest]

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

In honor of the United States Animal Health Association‘s annual meeting beginning this week, I will (hopefully) enlighten readers on topic of professional associations. The AVMA is an organization that represents over 86,000 veterinarians, which is a highly specific membership. However, I have noticed in D.C. that this type of group is the norm – there is [...]

A Supreme Wait

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

Did you know that you can sit in on court hearings for the Supreme Court of the United States? Of the 10,000 or so petitions filed every year with the court, only 100 are granted official review by the Justices. Termed oral arguments, they are an opportunity for the attorneys of each side of a [...]

So Much Networking, So Little Time

Monday, October 12th, 2015

I cannot believe that I am already starting my second week with the GRD. I think that time passes more quickly in D.C. than any other place.  As you can imagine with any new experience, the first week was full of introductions, orientations and many (MANY!) meetings. Sarah and I have ventured to the Hill [...]

Welcome to Washington

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

  Yesterday, was my first day with the AVMA Governmental Relations Division (GRD), an externship that I have been anticipating for months! My idea for my first blog post is to provide readers with a brief introduction to the GRD, what the office is tasked with accomplishing and what we are expected to do as [...]

Externs Exit

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

As is the way with all good things, my time as an AVMA GRD Extern has come to an end. This has been a phenomenal opportunity, I have learned a great deal, and met many fascinating people. At the risk of sounding like a college football pregame show, here’s a summary of my experience by [...]

From Celebrity Pets to Army Vets: the Final Week

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

Tuesday night: The Animal Health Institute (AHI) hosted its annual Celebrity Pet Night on Capitol Hill. AHI represents companies who produce medicines for both pet and production animals, advocating for research and animal health issues. The celebrity guests of honor were Frosty, who plays “Larry” on Modern Family, and Jagger, star of the military working [...]

We The Veterinarians

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

The AVMA Legislative Advisory Committee (LAC) convenes to discuss new legislation that impacts animal health and welfare and the veterinary profession. Veterinarians from across the country discuss the issues affecting their clients and patients, and help determine the AVMA’s legislative agenda. The veterinarians I met at the LAC were of diverse backgrounds and practice styles. [...]

Pope Francis visits Congress (and so do we!)

Monday, September 28th, 2015

Washington was abuzz last week with the arrival of Pope Francis. In anticipation of the 50,000+ visitors expected in the city for the papal festivities, many DC employees teleworked mid-week from the comfort of their homes and pajamas. Heather and I, however, decided to brave the crowds. We secured tickets to watch the Pope’s address [...]

From the President’s Cabinet to your Kitchen Cabinet: 5 Facts About the USDA

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

It has been a long time since much farming went on in Washington. Fortunately, there is plenty of great farming and food production happening across the United States, and while the White House doesn’t keep farm animals on the South Lawn anymore, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) does keep the President and the [...]

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