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“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 [...]

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. [...]

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