Archive for October, 2010

Thanksgiving, Don’t Wait for the Holiday!

Monday, October 25th, 2010

Last week I met with staff in the offices of Senator Grassley and Congressman Latham, my elected officials from Iowa. Both are and continue to be big supporters of veterinary medicine and livestock. So many times we only contact people when we need or want something for ourselves or those close to us. Often we […]

Animal Agriculture Coalition

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

On Wednesday, Jessika and I attended the monthly meeting of the Animal Agriculture Coalition (AAC).  I’m still surprised by the number of associations, alliances and coalitions that exist here in DC.  It seems that almost every imaginable interest is represented by an organization.  Since there are so many, cooperation among associations with similar interests is […]

It’s Not All Work and No Play

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

I had the opportunity to go to the Washington Redskins game this weekend and hearing the crowd supporting the team reminded me that every team needs someone cheering them on. Rallying behind a sports team is very similar to the work that AVMA does in Washington, D.C. They rally behind the veterinary profession in Congress […]

Visiting Senator Harkin’s Office

Monday, October 18th, 2010

The thought of visiting a U.S. Senate office in Washington D.C. might seem scary to most of you.  Several questions may cross your mind, “What should I say?”, “What should I do?”, “Where is the office?”,  “Would Hill staff listen to me?”, “What do I have to offer?” I asked myself these questions before making […]

A Trip to the Highest Court

Friday, October 15th, 2010

On Tuesday, Valerie and I took a break from the office to visit the Supreme Court. This was quite an experience. If you get there early enough then you are given a numbered ticket for a spot in line, if the line has started forming, then you just jump into the line. It is truly […]


Monday, October 11th, 2010

One of the great things about this externship is being in the city of Washington, D.C.  Simply to go for a jog around the capital or read a book in the national mall where the views of our Nation’s history and pride are everywhere. Over the weekend I took the opportunity to view a special […]

National Chicken Council Annual Conference Annual Conference

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Jessika, my fellow GRD extern, and I attended the National Chicken Council Annual Conference this week. Why would two veterinary students attend the annual meeting of the chicken industry’s trade association? Veterinarians weren’t speaking and the conference wasn’t focused on animal health. Well, there were some pretty entertaining speakers (including Charlie Cook of the Cook […]

Stop Procrastinating, Fill Out the Application!

Monday, October 4th, 2010

I realize that the life of a veterinary student is a busy one: studying, more studying, class, eating and sleeping, along with the occasional events with family and friends, so you may feel that you have no time for anything else. But squeeze out a few minutes to fill out the application to be an […]