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Making the Connections

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Yet another beautiful day in the nation’s Capitol. What did I do today? Well, I’m glad you asked. This morning the AVMA office went over strategy to ensure that we are focused on the most meaningful topics for the profession.  I finally got to say hi to all the staff at the office and put […]

Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Minnesota anymore!

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

  Nope, definitely not in Minnesota.  Wonder what tipped it off for me?  It could have been the (although chilly by DC standards) balmy 65*F morning temperature, a full 25* warmer than when I’d left home in Minnesota.  Perhaps it was the plethora of statues, monuments, and carved stone lions everywhere I turn around.  Really […]

Big City Living

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

People say that time flies when you’re having fun and somehow I never quite pay attention to that saying, until this past week.  I drove 9 and ½ hours from Lansing, Michigan to our Nation’s Capitol for an externship with the American Veterinary Medical Association, and I’m already a quarter of the way done.  This […]

When The Lights Go Down In the City

Sunday, May 19th, 2013

View of the capitol at night on my last night in DC This past month has been a time of my life I will never forget.  From visiting with Congressman Yoho, to sitting in the room during the Senate Farm Bill mark-up, to meeting with countless inspirational veterinarian’s… I have loved every minute of it! […]

Representing a Diverse America

Friday, May 17th, 2013

  The Lincoln memorial    The other day as I was waiting (for what seemed like forever) for the red line metro to arrive…I had an epiphany.  I was standing there, people watching.  There was an older woman standing next to me with a cart full of groceries waiting for the metro just like I was. […]

The True Cost of Biofuel

Monday, May 13th, 2013

George Washington’s wheat mill at Mount Vernon Last Friday, I had the pleasure of speaking to Dr. Kathy Simmons, the chief veterinarian for the National Cattleman’s Beef Association (NCBA).  It is very rare to find a woman veterinarian who has been in the industry for as long as she has been.  I look up to […]

Question With Boldness

Sunday, May 12th, 2013

The Digital Age… has brought about a radical change in the way we share information with the world today.  From 24 hours news cycles, to instant information on the web, and updates sent to your phone, we are in a constant state of information overload.  If you do not know about a certain topic related […]

Collecting the Flint Before Setting the World on Fire

Friday, May 10th, 2013

Pictured is myself and Congressman Ted Yoho, a veterinarian from Florida It has been a week since I have posted anything and let me tell you…it has been a BUSY week!  I have met Congressman Yoho who is a veterinarian representing the state of Florida,  as well as the two Illinois Senators, Durbin and Kirk! […]

Thank You

Monday, May 6th, 2013

  In the early hours of the morning before the sun even touches the reflecting pool, or burns brightly on Lincoln’s statue, I find myself rising for another day in the Capitol City.  While the dew is still on the grass, I slowly, but sure surly, prepare for my day.  Turning on some music, or […]

Success Doesn’t Happen via a Straight Line

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

Picture of the United States Capitol’s “Rotunda” taken during a tour given by one of the AVMA fellows Today, Spencer and I had the opportunity to sit down with two of the AVMA fellows (Dr. Don Hoenig and Dr. Kaylee Myhre) as well as Dr. Terry S. Wollen who works for the US Agency for […]

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