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Broadening Horizon

Monday, July 2nd, 2018

As Hailey and I prepare to leave the AVMA Government Relations Division, I have taken some time to reflect on the plethora of experiences I have been fortunate to have during my externship. One of the many highlights of this experience was meeting veterinarians who are working in positions I didn’t even know existed and […]


Friday, June 29th, 2018

A large part of our time here has been spent meeting with veterinarians who work in different capacities throughout government organizations (such as USDA-APHIS, Department of Defense, FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine, National Institutes of Health) as well as veterinarians who work for non-profits, contracting groups, and universities in the area. I came in to […]

Hearings galore!

Tuesday, June 26th, 2018

Part of our work here has been to attend hearings that might be of interest to AVMA’s agenda or things that they want to keep an eye on further down the road. I was (naively) surprised to find out that these hearings are almost always open to the public! Sometimes you have to get there […]

The House on the Hill

Monday, June 25th, 2018

This week was a busy one with an array of critical hearings, several informative meetings and an orchestrated email campaign to try to get face time with legislative assistants working for members of Congress in an effort to discuss several pieces of legislation that could significantly affect veterinarians, including the elimination of the Public Service […]

One Health with Dr. Stroud

Thursday, June 21st, 2018

During my second week as a AVMA GRD extern, I had the distinct pleasure of attending a lecture by Dr. Cheryl Stroud on “Advancing the One Health Movement: Our Ray of Hope for the Future” at the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) in Washington, D.C. Dr. Cheryl Stroud is currently the Executive Director of the […]

Week 1

Wednesday, June 6th, 2018

What a week! I came in to this externship excited and ready to learn, but I don’t think I could have imagined all of the opportunities we are given as AVMA GRD externs. This first week has been a whirlwind of activity. This has been stated by previous externs, but there are just so many […]

Global Health Diplomacy Symposium

Monday, June 4th, 2018

On Thursday, May 31 I attended a Global Health Diplomacy Symposium at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The Symposium focused on past, present, and cases in international health diplomacy, analyzing the relationships between nations and how they determine the outcomes of global health issues. In Session I, historical examples of international […]

Visiting USAID

Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

Last week I visited the headquarters of The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), a federal branch of the US government that works to facilitate humanitarian aid and development efforts worldwide. Since its inception in 1961, USAID has funded numerous initiatives that help provide disaster relief, medical aid, and healthcare to impoverished communities. More […]

Meeting Congressman Yoho

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

Last week, I wrote about the version of The Build Act that is currently working it’s way through The Senate (S. 2463). This week, fellow AVMA extern McKenna and I were able to meet one of the Congressmen who introduced The Build Act in The House (H.R. 5105)! Congressman Ted S. Yoho of Florida also […]

The Hill is a Zoo…. Literally

Friday, May 18th, 2018

One of the best things about my house in Saint Paul is how close it is to Como Park Zoo and Conservatory. Como is an amazing zoo that is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, which is an accreditation process that less than 10% of zoos complete. In addition to being AZA accredited, […]

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