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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 [...]

How does the AVMA GRD support veterinary student-related issues?

Friday, June 17th, 2016

As veterinary students, we are acutely aware of the student debt issue. One of the goals of the AVMA Governmental Relations Division is to help students with this issue by supporting certain legislative issues that benefit us and help us combat student debt. Below are just a few of the bills that the AVMA supports: [...]

Integrating Generations of Veterinarians

Friday, June 17th, 2016

This week the AVMA Board of Directors (BOD) came to the GRD office for their board meeting. Jessica and I had the privilege of sitting in on meetings discussing important issues that affect veterinarians and veterinary students. In addition, we attended Hill Visits with various members of Congress. I spent Tuesday with Dr. Ted Cohn, [...]

Countless Opportunities

Friday, June 10th, 2016

Starting the GRD externship this week has made me feel a bit like the metro—there are so many different opportunities and navigating can sometimes be challenging! It has been full of fun though including meetings, stops along the metro, hearings, lunch and dinner presentations, and great networking opportunities. The time seems to be flying by. [...]

Life in the Big City

Friday, June 10th, 2016

As a girl from a small town who has never lived in a big city, moving to D.C. for a month was a bit intimidating and I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Here are a few tips and tricks I’ve learned during my first week of the GRD externship: Bring a purse or bag [...]

Tidbits of Success

Friday, May 27th, 2016

My eye-opening experience with the Governmental Relations Division is quickly coming to an end. I have enjoyed all the opportunities to meet and network with professionals. I have gained so much knowledge, passion, and feel empowered to embark on my career in public practice. I have learned of opportunities that I would have never thought [...]

One Health

Friday, May 27th, 2016

If there’s anything I’ve learned this past month it’s that veterinarians on The Hill have just an important role as veterinarians in hospitals. Many people ask veterinarians on The Hill if they miss practicing. The truth of the matter is, they are still practicing… politics is just a different animal! Time and time again I’ve [...]

D.C. Must Be Explored, Caw Caw Roar!

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

You just finished up a 1 o’clock meeting with a staffer in your district representative’s office and have about an hour until your next meeting the next building over. This is a common situation to find yourself in as an AVMA-GRD extern. The “D.C. experience” includes meeting with staffers and Congress members on The Hill, [...]

Hill visits can be conquered

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

To be honest I was nervous about meeting my representatives on Capitol Hill but I found that once I got prepared, the meetings were a breeze. I prepared by reading the issue briefs and finding more information regarding the topics to be discussed. I then scheduled meetings by sending out emails to the staffers of [...]

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