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Pandas, Tamarins, and Sea Lions, Oh My!

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

After being here for two weeks, I finally went to the National Zoo. There are two things you should know right off the bat. The park opens at 8 AM while the exhibit houses open at 9 AM. I recommend getting there at 8 AM so you can get a head start on seeing the [...]

Meeting the Delegation

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

I had my first meetings this week to discuss the Fairness to Pet Owners Act. In case you are not familiar with it, the Fairness to Pet Owners Act would make it mandatory for veterinarians to write a prescription every time they are recommending a medication to a client unless it is an emergency situation [...]

Networking 101

Monday, May 15th, 2017

I attended my first bill markup with the Senate Judiciary Committee, during which three bills were passed. The first was S. 139 the Rapid DNA Act which would allow DNA results to come back on suspects in about 30 minutes aiding law enforcement in connecting people in their custody to other previous crimes. The second [...]

Hello D.C., It’s me, Erin

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

Today was my first full day on the Hill and it was better than I could have expected. My first word of advice is start the day with a good breakfast, you have no idea how long it might be until you get to eat again. After eating a vegan protein shake, I headed to [...]


Friday, April 28th, 2017

Our fourth and last week of the AVMA GRD externship program has been scary in that I feel like there is so much more for me to learn, but it has also been marked by some great personal achievements. While I have really enjoyed learning more about the executive offices in our government, it was [...]

See you later, D.C.

Friday, April 28th, 2017

I can’t believe that this is the final day of my externship. I have learned so much in these past four weeks – I just want the experience to continue. I am incredibly grateful for all the connections I have made while I have been here. The variety of positions veterinarians can thrive in is [...]

Astronaut time.

Friday, April 28th, 2017

As this externship comes to a close, I am amazed by what I have been able to learn in four weeks. It is not quite what I expected in that meeting with executive offices has comprised a much bigger part of the experience than I would have guessed coming in. However, I have learned so [...]

Finally – a Secretary of Agriculture

Monday, April 24th, 2017

I am excited to say that we have a Secretary of Agriculture! After a busy day at the National Institutes of Health, I hurried to the Hill to watch the vote, which was scheduled for 5:30PM in the Senate gallery. In order to get into the gallery, I had to grab a pass from one [...]


Friday, April 21st, 2017

Today was a marathon. It started with a phone call with APHIS International Services. This is an opportunity for veterinarians to get involved at the international level by serving as diplomats and a resource to Ambassadors overseas. With my interest in moving abroad, I was curious to find out more details about the program. After [...]

Preparing for Fly-In

Friday, April 21st, 2017

Our tea is restocked. The schedule is finalized. And the folders are stuffed. Next week about a hundred veterinary students and veterinarians will come to our nation’s capital. They will discuss with their representatives the two issues that Patricia and I have been advocating for these past three weeks: reauthorization of the Higher Education Act [...]

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