Have you ever wondered what’s it’s like to be an AVMA Congressional Fellow?

By: Stephanie Fisher, program manager and policy analyst, Governmental Relations Division

Congressional FellowsVeterinarians Kaylee Myhre and Don Hoenig recently shared their experiences of what it’s like to be AVMA Congressional Fellows in two new videos featured on AVMA’s website. From what drew them to the world of politics to how they used their skills and experience as veterinarians to help shape national policy on issues like food safety and biosecurity, they give firsthand accounts of their work on Capitol Hill.

Dr. Myhre spent her fellowship serving the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Senate Committee on Homeland Security.  Watch the video below to hear about her work on global health policy and the importance of balancing political realities with crafting policy based on science.

Dr. Hoenig worked in the office of Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine).  Watch the video below to hear about how he helped develop agricultural policy in the Farm Bill, tackle legislation dealing with animal welfare issues, and pull an all-night “vote-o-rama” in the Senate.

The 2014-2015 AVMA Fellowship Program runs in conjunction with the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Fellowship Program from the last week in August 2014 until early August 2015.

Just a reminder: all applications for the 2014-2015 AVMA Fellowship Program are due Feb. 14. For more information, including how to apply, visit AVMA Fellowship or contact Stephanie Fisher at 202-289-3208. Questions can also be sent via email to fellowship@avma.org.

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