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Winter is Coming

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

For all of you Game of Thrones (GOT) fans out there, here is a little treat! At the moment D.C. is hosting a pop-up themed bar after the popular series Game of Thrones. On Saturday evening we biked from a river boat tour to the acclaimed bar… the line was 3 hours long. Even though [...]

Sit Down. Be Humble.

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

We learned this from the wisdom of Kendrick Lamar (or whoever writes his lyrics) but I find it to ring true in many ways. The people I admire most have had these incredible, successful, and fulfilling careers while maintaining a sense of humility. Some veterinarians that come to my mind immediately are Dr. Linda Silvers, [...]

Alphabet Soup

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

This week we visited USDA-APHIS and met with veterinarians working in a variety of roles- from foreign animal disease outbreak prevention to policy and science technology development. The toughest part about the day was keeping up with the acronyms. Vet school only prepared me so much for the onslaught of acronyms. My advice is to [...]

Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road?

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

This week Merrill and I headed to the USDA for a day to meet veterinarians in the different APHIS programs. The day started out early- arriving at 7am and going until 5:30pm with a meeting over our lunch hour. Getting up at 4:45am and walking to the bus I felt like I was walking through [...]

A D.C. One Health Epidemic

Friday, June 16th, 2017

This week we had the pleasure of meeting and chatting with Dr. Bernadette Dunham from George Washington University Milken Institute of Public Health. Dr. Dunham has worked in the FDA CVM promoting One Health and she was even an Assistant Director at the AVMA GRD! We met Dr. Dunham at the Milken Institute of Public [...]

“What do I want to be when I grow up?”

Friday, June 16th, 2017

This question became my mid-vet-school-crisis. At the end of 2nd year I realized my diverse interests were muddling my post-graduation path. I became jealous of those who JUST KNOW they need to be equine internal medicine specialists, small animal general practitioners, pathologists etc. While every path is challenging in different ways, there is some solace [...]

“So do you want to be a large or small animal vet?”

Friday, June 9th, 2017

You’ve probably experienced this as the first question people ask after you tell them you are a veterinary student. “None of the above or all of the above” never seem to be appropriate answers to this question. But that is exactly what this externship is about- discovering non-traditional roles veterinarians can play in public health, [...]

You Had Me At Hello

Friday, June 9th, 2017

This was myself and Merrill Simpson’s first week in D.C. at the AVMA GRD Student Externship, and we are loving it! I was slightly nervous to move to the big city after having been in rural TN for the past three years but was up for the adventure. Having finally settled in and gotten the [...]

National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center

Friday, June 2nd, 2017

On my last night out on the town in D.C., I attended the National Symphony Orchestra as they played Mahler’s Second Symphony at the Kennedy Center. It was literally the best music I have ever heard. Here are a few things you should know before attending an event at the Kennedy Center. First, you do [...]

The D.C. Food Scene

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

Most people eat in D.C. based on what is close to their neighborhood. And I can’t say that I blame them. Almost every corner here has fantastic food. Let me tell you about a few great places you can try if you are close by or if you feel like taking a little trek. First, [...]

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