Archive for April, 2018

Tying It All Together

Friday, April 27th, 2018

It’s hard to believe that 4 weeks have already gone by since we started the AVMA GRD externship! Looking back at the past month, I have met such inspirational people, both veterinarians and non-veterinarians, who left me with valuable lessons. Leaving DC, I feel like I have acquired a new level of knowledge of the […]

What’s APHIS?

Friday, April 27th, 2018

One of the legislative issues that I have been following closely with Alex Sands, one of the amazing Assistant Directors at the AVMA GRD, is the Budget and Appropriations Act. One of the key components within the act affecting veterinary medicine is the appropriations of money to critical USDA programs. There are a number of […]


Friday, April 27th, 2018

One of the unique aspects of the AVMA GRD externship and its Washington DC location is the exposure gained to all policy and political issues- not just those directly affecting the veterinary profession. Aside form the hearings and mark-ups on the Hill, there are free panels and discussions occurring everyday in the city on issues […]

Small World

Tuesday, April 24th, 2018

One of the wonderful things about DC is how easy it is to connect with people with similar passions and interests. This week, we had the opportunity to meet with AVMA’s Legislative Advisory Committee, composed of veterinarians from different states and organizations representing a wide array of industries within veterinary medicine. The team’s role is […]

Career Advice from Non-Traditional Veterinarians

Tuesday, April 24th, 2018

New and exciting adventures continued throughout week three of the AVMA GRD externship. Following the current legislative issues affecting the veterinary profession, we were lucky enough to attend the House Agriculture Committee Farm Bill Markup, attend a hearing on the 2019 Budget of the US Department of Agriculture involving the Secretary of the Department of […]

Harmful Algal Blooms: A One Health Issue

Friday, April 13th, 2018

Every month, the One Health Academy holds an event to bring together federal governmental departments, non-governmental organizations and private industry leaders to discuss current One Health issues. The Academy’s mission is to promote interdisciplinary collaboration among health professionals, industry, and policy makers by promoting public health, as well as environmental, food and agricultural, and economic […]

Public Service Loan Forgiveness and Veterinarians: Confusing, but Important.

Friday, April 13th, 2018

So far, the AVMA externship program has been a blast and the most unique externship I have had during my fourth year of veterinary school. Within the first two weeks, Hibah and I have settled into our offices, met the GRD staff, met with the AVMA Legislative fellows, observed planning for a future AVMA convention, […]

Finding Opportunities in DC

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018

What stood out to me during my first week in DC is the tremendous level of opportunities available, not only in this incredible city, but also within veterinary medicine. I am a proponent of taking opportunities as they come, and figuring out through these opportunities, ways in which they can be applied to what I […]