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The Resistance is Coming

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

Some of the best experiences afforded to us as Externs on the Hill are completely spontaneous. As I looked at my twitter feed two weeks ago, I noticed a posting by the USDA advertising a live-stream for an upcoming conference on the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS). As I looked into the event, I [...]

An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

This past week I had the opportunity to see past Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle speak as a part of the Blue Ribbon Panel on BioDefense (BRPB). The BRPB began in 2014 as a privately funded, bipartisan, entity with panel members composted of former Representatives, Senators, and Governors among other high ranking federal positions. The [...]

Perspectives

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

“As we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns – the ones we don’t know we don’t know. And if one looks throughout [...]

From A Streetcar Named Desire to Drama with WMATA

Monday, September 18th, 2017

Congress is back in session, and I’m back in D.C. looking for the drama. I’m not talking about the usual left versus right debates on the best station for great reality TV (CSPAN). I’m looking for the drama that is found at any neighborhood pharmacy store: Dramamine. The stop and go of the DC metro [...]

200/100

Monday, September 18th, 2017

Have you ever been looking for something but you didn’t know what to call it? A word that escaped you? A concept to which you couldn’t put a name? An animal species which you could describe in several sentences but whose binomial eluded you? A job description whose title remained unknown? I’ve been struggling with such [...]

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, [...]

Meeting Lots of Veterinarians

Monday, March 27th, 2017

One bad thing, of many, about being in DC is there are a lot of people.  One good thing, of many, about being in DC means that there are also a lot of veterinarians! There are various headquarters and offices for most government agencies and private corporations all close enough to visit and meet with [...]

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 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 working [...]

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 [...]

Protecting American Agriculture

Friday, June 5th, 2015

Although I had to arrive two days late to the AVMA-GRD externship, participating in the 2015 Smith-Kilborne (SK) Program was a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience public veterinary medicine in full force and to visit both the USDA’s facilities in Riverdale, Maryland, and in Plum Island, NY. The program selects one veterinary student from each school in [...]

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