Archive for October, 2013


Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Thursday was my first Hill meeting. One could say I was nervous.  Of course I had read all of the material I was speaking about, I had my practice meeting in the office, I’d obsessively studied Google maps on how to get there. There’s always something about the first time though.  The first phone call […]


Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Tuesday morning was my first time in the National Press Club, and it was a great experience. I attended the release of the latest Pew Commission report concerning how much progress has been made following the initial report 5 years ago. It was a valuable experience to learn about where people have concerns in animal […]


Friday, October 25th, 2013

My first few days in the Capitol have been a much needed change of pace.  For the last several months I have been “On Clinics” at the University of Tennessee.  Most days I get up and have just enough time to let out my border collie Jarvis, yell at him to hurry up because it’s […]

Attention Veterinary Students: Want to Make a Difference for Your Profession?

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

The annual AVMA Student Legislative Fly-In will take place February 9-11, 2014, in Washington, D.C.  The is workshop designed to introduce veterinary students and veterinarians to the legislative process and to educate students, veterinarians and members of Congress on public policy issues facing the veterinary profession. The last Student Fly In brought 65 students from across the country […]


Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

You’ve seen the news. So, I’m not going to go into the numbers of federal employees that have been furloughed or the agencies that have (basically) shut their doors. I’m definitely not going to write about the CDC disease surveillance or FDA facility inspection that’s just not happening (terrifying). I’m going to write about my […]