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Leave a trail

Friday, October 7th, 2016

As I was processing the amazing month I’ve had in D.C. I was trying to come up with a good summary of everything I’ve learned. There’s no way I could quickly sum up the scientific knowledge I’ve gained from congressional briefings and organization lectures or the civic understanding I’ve obtained by visiting federal agencies and [...]

D.C. Greatest Hits

Friday, October 7th, 2016

This trip has been more than I ever could have imagined! I fell in love with DC and couldn’t possibly recount all the amazing things I was able to do in my short 4 weeks, but here is a smattering of them to let you in on just how great of a place our capital [...]

People who walk up escalators and other thoughts

Friday, September 30th, 2016

One idea I’m currently hypothesizing is that there are two types of people in this world: those who walk up escalators and those who stand on them and wait patiently for them to reach the top. This thought came to me as I schlepped my way up the escalator at the DuPont Circle Metro Station [...]

Diversity Matters

Monday, September 26th, 2016

It has been another incredible week here in DC!  We happened to schedule our time here perfectly to enjoy Pet Night on Capitol Hill where I got to meet Spumoni and Zamboni. I mean, come on!                         We visited the USDA and met 14 [...]

DC Time vs. the rest of the US Time

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

Week two has been exceptional. This externship has taken me all over the city, to events that range from delightful to inspirational, and has allowed me to meet a countless number of individuals whose achievements are astounding.     One thing it has taught me, though, is that DC moves on a different time scale [...]

Navigating Your Dreams

Monday, September 19th, 2016

When I left California for Washington, D.C. last week I was filled with two overwhelming emotions: excitement and terror. I was excited because the externship with the AVMA-GRD would allow me to follow my passion of advocacy for animal welfare and issues that face veterinary students, introduce me to incredible veterinarians with unique positions in [...]

The Role of Veterinary Medicine and Livestock in International Development

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

First, let me introduce myself. My name is Amy Smith and I’m a third year veterinary student at the University of Florida. There’s a little more information about me in the “About the Authors” page. The most important things to know about me are: I am passionate about animal agriculture. I have a strong interest [...]

“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 [...]

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