April 12, 2017

The metro and me

By Patricia Crystal

This weekend was filled with the typical tourist fanfare. I walked all over the Mall, from Georgetown all the way to the Capitol Building and back. I was sad to find that the Washington Monument has once again been closed for repairs – this time till spring of 2019. Wandering around Georgetown I did manage to find that there are still cows, even in D.C. (see photo below).

Zipping around on the Metro line was my theme for this Tuesday. I took the metro from where I’m staying in Union Station up to College Park to meet with the FDA, then metroed back to the office to prepare for my meeting with one of the Assistant Directors. I am meeting with several members of Congress this week, and want to ensure I am familiar with the AVMA’s talking points on issues I am presenting. These include support for reauthorizing the Higher Education Act as well a support for the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program Enhancement Act.

Afterwards I met with another Assistant Director in the office to discuss her role in the organization, her portfolio and important talking points. I then hopped back on the metro to scoot down to the Capitol in time for a coffee meeting with a former AVMA fellow. The fellowship is a one year opportunity to be placed in Congress to gain experience in the political realm. It sounds really intriguing, and I’m excited to be meeting with a few more current and past fellows while I’m in town.

Today I am off to the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine. I’m looking forward to learning more about the roles of the veterinarians there. Off to the metro I go!

P and Cow