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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, [...]

The Museum Capitol

Monday, May 29th, 2017

You may have noticed, there are a lot of museums in D.C. So many in fact, you may not find the time to see all of them in the month you are here. One thing to know before you arrive, is that you need tickets for the National Museum of African American History and Culture, [...]

Women’s Empowerment, Women in Power

Friday, May 26th, 2017

This week, it was my privilege to attend the Center for American Progress Panel Discussion, “Beyond the Ambition Gap: Challenging the Systems that Keep Women off Ballots and Out of Office”. The meeting actually had two separate panels. The first had Representative Jayapal (D-WA) and Representative Barragán (D-CA) speaking about their experiences running for office [...]

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 [...]

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