Archive for September, 2017


Thursday, September 28th, 2017

“As we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns – the ones we don’t know we don’t know. And if one looks throughout […]

Searching For Something Different

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

“Stay true to yourself and keep your mind open” This is the advice Dr. Erin Casey gave me as we talked about her path to veterinary medicine. Like me, Dr. Casey went through vet school knowing she wanted to work in something other than clinical practice and research, but wasn’t quite sure what that different […]

My FELLOW Americans..

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

A fellowship in veterinary medicine is usually associated with being a stepping stone for a vet to eventually become a Diplomate, which is a vet who is board certified in a veterinary specialty area. However, in Washington, D.C., the term fellowship takes on a slightly different meaning. Out here, fellowship programs are associated with many […]

Roo’in and rearin’ to pull: a day with the animals of the Old Line State

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

When one imagines Washington, D.C., and the surrounding metropolitan area, I bet you don’t think of sheep and goats. Or alpacas. I definitely would not think of kangaroos, that’s for sure.  This last weekend, however, fellow AVMA veterinary student extern Derecka Alexander and I went on an “epic adventure” to meet the animals and their guardians […]

From A Streetcar Named Desire to Drama with WMATA

Monday, September 18th, 2017

Congress is back in session, and I’m back in D.C. looking for the drama. I’m not talking about the usual left versus right debates on the best station for great reality TV (CSPAN). I’m looking for the drama that is found at any neighborhood pharmacy store: Dramamine. The stop and go of the DC metro […]


Monday, September 18th, 2017

Have you ever been looking for something but you didn’t know what to call it? A word that escaped you? A concept to which you couldn’t put a name? An animal species which you could describe in several sentences but whose binomial eluded you? A job description whose title remained unknown? I’ve been struggling with such […]

From buzz to fuzz

Monday, September 18th, 2017

As an aspiring panspecies veterinarian, I am committed to treating all species to the best of my ability. I am very, very committed to that mission. In fact, my classmates back home at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University have often heard me remark that I will be a “from spiders to […]

Hellbenders, Shenandoah and red-backed salamanders, oh my!

Monday, September 11th, 2017

For anyone interested in endangered species conservation, the terms “flagship” or “keystone” species likely sound familiar. Amur tigers, white rhinoceroses, and giant pandas are flagship species because they hold such special places in the hearts of millions of people around the globe. While very important to their ecosystems, they are far from the only species needing protection. […]

Midwest Nice AKA USA Nice

Friday, September 8th, 2017

Growing up in the Midwest, I was often warned about “the Coasts.” I was told by many a Midwesterner that people in these two mysterious lands were not as nice as those living back at home, that they were often rude and harsh. In fact, I remember when my brother and I traveled to Philadelphia, […]