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My FELLOW Americans..

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

A fellowship in veterinary medicine is usually associated with being a stepping stone for a vet to eventually become a Diplomate, which is a vet who is board certified in a veterinary specialty area. However, in Washington, D.C., the term fellowship takes on a slightly different meaning. Out here, fellowship programs are associated with many [...]

Roo’in and rearin’ to pull: a day with the animals of the Old Line State

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

When one imagines Washington, D.C., and the surrounding metropolitan area, I bet you don’t think of sheep and goats. Or alpacas. I definitely would not think of kangaroos, that’s for sure.  This last weekend, however, fellow AVMA veterinary student extern Derecka Alexander and I went on an “epic adventure” to meet the animals and their guardians [...]

From buzz to fuzz

Monday, September 18th, 2017

As an aspiring panspecies veterinarian, I am committed to treating all species to the best of my ability. I am very, very committed to that mission. In fact, my classmates back home at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University have often heard me remark that I will be a “from spiders to [...]

Hellbenders, Shenandoah and red-backed salamanders, oh my!

Monday, September 11th, 2017

For anyone interested in endangered species conservation, the terms “flagship” or “keystone” species likely sound familiar. Amur tigers, white rhinoceroses, and giant pandas are flagship species because they hold such special places in the hearts of millions of people around the globe. While very important to their ecosystems, they are far from the only species needing protection. [...]

Midwest Nice AKA USA Nice

Friday, September 8th, 2017

Growing up in the Midwest, I was often warned about “the Coasts.” I was told by many a Midwesterner that people in these two mysterious lands were not as nice as those living back at home, that they were often rude and harsh. In fact, I remember when my brother and I traveled to Philadelphia, [...]

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 [...]

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