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An experience like none other

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

Leaving DC this morning was not easy, for many reasons. Primarily, I had the foresight to book a 6:10am flight to Boston, meaning my alarm greeted me with a 4:05am rendition of Nina Simone’s ‘Sinnerman.’ The dark cab ride to Reagan National Airport brought with it a pleasant surprise: being sent off by the illuminated […]

Until Next Time

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Just as the Cherry Blossoms come and go too quickly, my time as an extern was over before I knew it! It was bittersweet saying goodbye to everyone at the AVMA GRD today, and preparing to head back to Pennsylvania tomorrow. I will definitely miss walking the streets of this city, so rich with history, […]

Center Field

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

499 was a towering shot, and 500 was a screaming liner. For those of you who are followers of America’s pastime, you’ll know exactly what I am referring to. For those of you who aren’t, we were on hand to witness history last night. Albert Pujols, a mountain of a man originally from the Dominican […]


Monday, April 21st, 2014

Picture yourself on a Sunday afternoon, casually strolling down a sunny city street that is alive and bustling with people clad in their finest business casual.  Flowery dresses are making their debut for the season, although classic oxford button-down shirts still remain a staple.  All around you, faces are alight with smiles and laughter, as […]

Today’s forecast: Sunny with a chance of Panda sightings

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

Will MERS-CoV make landfall in the form of a laboratory confirmed case within the United States before June 1, 2014? You tell me. Or better yet, let the experts in the fields of epidemiology, biosecurity, and virology decide. The American Academy for the Advancement of Science, or AAAS, has its headquarters located in downtown DC. […]

The End of the Line

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

The Red Line on the Metro, that is. Who rides the Red Line all the way out to Shady Grove?  Well, this afternoon it was Emerson, myself, and maybe 5 other people total.  I guess Shady Grove is not the most popular destination! So why would anyone ride all the way out to Shady Grove?  […]

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 […]

A Place for Innovation and Zebrafish

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

There is a place where innovative ideas on the forefront of scientific research collide to produce state-of-the-art results. This place is also the world’s largest medical research center. Additionally, this place houses about 550,000 research animals a day across 6 geographic locations, including thousands of zebrafish. The place I am talking about is the National Institutes […]

Enjoying free-dom

Monday, April 14th, 2014

I hope everyone had the fortune to experience weather as wonderful as what we had in DC over the weekend. It was as close as you get to perfect: 70s/80s and sunny, with a solid breeze from time to time.  As such, it made for perfect weather to get up, and get out (of the […]

There is No Right or Wrong Answer

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

With veterinary school graduation inching closer every day, a big question we are asking ourselves is what should we do immediately afterwards? Should we pursue an internship, should we work in clinical practice, should we try to attain a government job? These are all questions Emerson and I have been discussing with veterinarians while here […]

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