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Weaving a web

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Deftly we all spin them: willingly, wittingly, and for a distinct purpose. Through each conversation they either expand, strengthen, become more intricate, or can fragment, fray, and weaken.  Being in DC puts Tabitha and my spinning strategies to the test, and thankfully due to preparation, amiable personalities, and the proper introductory paths, the layers of [...]

Diversity in Our Profession: Some Thoughts

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

There are things that define the veterinary student and, by extension, the veterinarian. We are women (nearly 80%, one of the most female-dominated professions in the world). We are almost invariably Type A overachievers. We love animals. We take a certain (possibly twisted) satisfaction from draining and flushing a good abscess. We would rather go [...]

From Big Idea to Bill – Stop Soring

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

I hope everyone reading remembers the classic “I’m Just a Bill” from the folks at Schoolhouse Rock. (If not, check it out on youtube. Right now!) The tune was stuck in my head all day yesterday after Nicola and I attended a stakeholder meeting for the PAST (Prevent all Soring Tactics) Act. First, a little [...]

Federal budgeting

Friday, April 19th, 2013

Earlier this week I attended an Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies House Appropriations subcommittee hearing, led by Chairman Robert Aderholt, R-AL 4th District with primary witness Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture. I don’t consider myself particularly economically inclined. Reading about the rise and fall of the stock market leaves me with more [...]

A Day in the Life of a GRD Extern

Friday, April 5th, 2013

The title is a slight misnomer, given that no two days at GRD are the same, but for students interested in the program, I thought this was a good example of a day showing the breadth of opportunities doing this externship can afford you. 6:30 AM – Woke up.   Hit snooze. 6:38 AM – Woke [...]

USDA-NIFA host Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program webinars

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) will hold four live webinar sessions for veterinarians who are considering applying to the USDA Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP). Each session will provide an in-depth explanation of the VMLRP application process. Dates and Times (Eastern Time) are: May 3, 2012, [...]


Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Are you recent graduate who is interested in practicing in a designated shortage area? A recently passed federal budget bill included funds for USDA and appropriated $4.7 million dollars for the implementation of the Veterinary Medical Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP ) in 2012.   USDA NIFA will therefore begin to implement the third year of this critical program. [...]

Neanderthal Extern Loose in Washington, D.C!!!

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

Be on the look out for a Neanderthal AVMA Extern sporting a Colorado State Veterinary Medicine shoulder bag, suit and tie.  He has been seen frequently roaming the area the House and Senate buildings near the Capitol, the Library of Congress,  many of the Smithsonian museums (from which we think he escaped), the special propaganda [...]

Public Practice

Monday, May 17th, 2010

USDA For those of you that don’t know me, I am interested in working for a federal agency upon graduation from veterinary school.  Only about 75 of the 2,600 veterinarian students graduating annually consider working for a federal agency.  It is predicted that more than 510 Federal veterinarians will be eligible for retirement within the [...]

D.C. Coincidences

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

After another incredible day, I felt the need to post and share how great this externship experience can be for veterinary students. Yesterday morning, Gina and I went to a fundraiser breakfast along with a number of agricultural focused groups. We met with Representative Schrader of Oregon who is the only veterinarian currently in the [...]

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