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Externs Exit

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

As is the way with all good things, my time as an AVMA GRD Extern has come to an end. This has been a phenomenal opportunity, I have learned a great deal, and met many fascinating people. At the risk of sounding like a college football pregame show, here’s a summary of my experience by [...]

From Celebrity Pets to Army Vets: the Final Week

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

Tuesday night: The Animal Health Institute (AHI) hosted its annual Celebrity Pet Night on Capitol Hill. AHI represents pharmaceutical companies who produce medicines for both pet and production animals, advocating for research and animal health issues. The celebrity guests of honor were Frosty, who plays “Larry” on Modern Family, and Jagger, star of the military [...]

We The Veterinarians

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

The AVMA Legislative Advisory Committee (LAC) convenes to discuss new legislation that impacts animal health and welfare and the veterinary profession. Veterinarians from across the country discuss the issues affecting their clients and patients, and help determine the AVMA’s legislative agenda. The veterinarians I met at the LAC were of diverse backgrounds and practice styles. [...]

Pope Francis visits Congress (and so do we!)

Monday, September 28th, 2015

Washington was abuzz last week with the arrival of Pope Francis. In anticipation of the 50,000+ visitors expected in the city for the papal festivities, many DC employees teleworked mid-week from the comfort of their homes and pajamas. Heather and I, however, decided to brave the crowds. We secured tickets to watch the Pope’s address [...]

From the President’s Cabinet to your Kitchen Cabinet: 5 Facts About the USDA

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

It has been a long time since much farming went on in Washington. Fortunately, there is plenty of great farming and food production happening across the United States, and while the White House doesn’t keep farm animals on the South Lawn anymore, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) does keep the President and the [...]

2 weeks in!

Friday, September 18th, 2015

Heather and I are winding up a busy week as we hit the halfway point for our externships today. The last few days have been full of meetings, receptions, and more meetings! On Wednesday morning, I headed over to the Center for Global Development for a seminar on international development priorities in Sub-Saharan Africa. The [...]

I’m Just a Bill

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

We’re off to a busy start this week, and in honor of our first solo hill visit I thought I’d talk about one of our goals for the externship – to meet with the Senators and Representatives from our home states. I know it’s been a while, so if you don’t remember the 3 branches [...]

On risk-taking

Monday, September 14th, 2015

At the end of last week, Heather and I had the opportunity to grab coffee with two amazing veterinarians: Dr. Marguerite Pappaioanou and Dr. Karen Alroy. Dr. Alroy graduated from veterinary school a few years ago and Dr. Pappaioanou’s veterinary career has spanned several decades, but both had valuable insights to offer on charting non-traditional [...]

Planes, Metro Trains, and Uber-Mobiles

Friday, September 11th, 2015

I’m thrilled to be back in Washington, D.C. and looking forward to the next 4 weeks with the AVMA! As a frequent visitor to the city, I get by fairly well without my car, although having grown up near the Motor City I do miss it! Even with the help of the Metro, Google Maps, [...]

AVMA-GRD externship application is now online

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

Calling all veterinary students interested in public policy—the application for the 2016 AVMA Governmental Relations Student Externship Program in Washington, D.C., is now online. The externship program pairs talented veterinary students with AVMA’s Governmental Relations Division (GRD) for an intense, four-week immersion program that introduces them to the breadth of public policy issues facing the profession. Equally [...]

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