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The Ask vs. The Story

Friday, March 30th, 2018

With lobbying on The Hill, the approach is generally focused around “The Asks”. Yet, if so much of DC is networking, then I think it important to acknowledge the importance of building relationships. At the recent Legislative Fly-in, current AVMA Fellow and former SAVMA President Matt Holland shared his life strategy: “Build relationships”. I couldn’t […]

The Ag Salon

Wednesday, March 28th, 2018

Have you ever heard about Salons? The ones that were filled with exclusive members of a particular society, whether it be socialites, political activists, generally a group of people connected by something? Wikipedia describes it as “a meeting for learning or enjoyment”. I often think of the 18th century Parisian Salons during the Enlightenment. I […]

A Farewell to the District

Friday, November 10th, 2017

It’s truly amazing how quickly six weeks goes by in a city like DC. As I write this, trying to think of how to structure a summary of so many diverse experiences, all of the names and faces I’ve come across keep flashing through my mind. I met congressmen from around the country, both of […]

An Adventure to the Library

Thursday, November 9th, 2017

One of the many benefits to an externship on The Hill is just being in Washington, DC. Now, I’ve visited most of the museums and art galleries in previous trips to Washington, and I’ve seen all of the monuments on the National Mall innumerable times, so one of my main personal goals for this trip […]

Louisianians Love LunchMEATings

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

The Carving Room is where lunch meetings turn into lunch MEATings. Today, I met Dr. Will McCauley and Dr. Rachel Cumberbatch, two veterinarians following the unbeaten path with their current employer the Animal Health Institute (AHI). I was under the impression that AHI is a consulting firm, and I was wrong. AHI is a non-profit […]

701 meets 0701

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

You’ve probably heard the quote “it’s the little things.” Even in the Nation’s not-so-small capital of Washington, D.C., that phrase has rung true with me over the last month. As I prepare to depart D.C., trading in my suit and tie for coveralls and stethoscope, I’d like to thank several Washingtonians, Virginians, and Marylanders for […]

Perspectives

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 […]

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 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. […]

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