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The Smithsonian’s

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

When the word “Smithsonian” is said, do pictures of Robin Williams and Ben Stiller galloping down the hallways of a museum come to mind? Surely I can’t be the only one who thinks of this!                 The Smithsonian Institution is actually comprised of 19 museums and research centers. [...]

Words of Wisdom

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

Non-clinical practice is still practicing veterinary medicine, just in a different way. – Assistant to Congresswoman We must place ourselves in a species neutral mindset because animals, people, and the environment are all interconnected. – Homeland Security Personnel Veterinarians are scientists. – Food Animal Veterinarian Explore and connect with as many different people as possible. [...]

Veterinary Medicine’s Best Kept Secret

Friday, May 20th, 2016

Veterinary Medicine’s best kept secret does not show you how to get a 4.0 or how to get on the surgery resident’s good side. It doesn’t even show you how to avoid gaining weight while eating a diet consisting of oreos and mac ‘n cheese during finals week. It’s better than all of that! Veterinary [...]

National Institutes of Health

Friday, May 20th, 2016

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the nation’s medical research agency and the largest source of funding for medical research in the world. NIH’s mission is to seek fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems… and the application of that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability. [...]

Avian Influenza: Concerns and Challenges

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

Avian influenza outbreaks are of concern in domesticated birds for several reasons. These reasons include the potential for low pathogenic H5 and H7 viruses to evolve into highly pathogenic viruses, the potential for rapid spread and significant illness and death among poultry during outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza, the economic impact, trade restrictions, and [...]

Discovering Your Degree’s Potential

Friday, May 13th, 2016

Over these past two weeks I’ve truly learned what a great profession we’ve gotten ourselves into. I’ve heard mentors describe a DVM (or VMD!) as one of the most versatile degrees you could possibly get. Turns out they weren’t joking about that! As I continue to discover different positions veterinarians hold in federal and national [...]

Weekend DC Tourism

Monday, May 9th, 2016

As this was my first time visiting Washington, DC I wanted to explore and be a tourist. This weekend I toured the Arlington National Cemetery, National Mall, and Tidal Basin. One of the first places I toured was the Arlington National Cemetery, the resting place for more than 400,000 honored service members, veterans, and their [...]

Work Hard, Play Harder

Monday, May 9th, 2016

As the saying goes, work hard, play harder. While we spent our first week learning about the organization of AVMA-GRD and our responsibilities as externs, this weekend we were truly tourists! Twice a year, D.C’s international embassies open their doors allowing tourists and Washingtonians to travel across the world in a day. During the “Around [...]

First Days as an Extern and Helpful Hints

Friday, May 6th, 2016

For my first blog post I wanted to provide an outline of my first few days as an extern and provide a few suggestions to prepare for the externship. First day: 6 am: Woke up to get ready for my first day as an extern. 7am: Walked to bus stop. 7:20am: Boarded bus towards the [...]

National Association of Federal Veterinarians

Friday, May 6th, 2016

This week, the National Association of Federal Veterinarians (NAFV) allowed me to sit in on a meeting where I observed first hand how the organization works to meet the needs of our federal veterinarians. Federal veterinarians include veterinarians who work for the United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Food Safety [...]

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