AVMA fellows get to work in 115th Congress

West side view of the Capitol Building, Photo Credits: John de RosierEach year, the AVMA selects veterinarians to spend a year serving as full-time staff in congressional offices, advising on policy issues as part of the AVMA Fellowship Program. These fellows help drive scientifically sound lawmaking and ensure that veterinarians are included in key policy conversations, while also gaining valuable experience that they can use throughout their careers. With the start of the 115th Congress, we’re pleased to announce the placements of our 2016-2017 fellows:

  • Jenifer Chatfield is working in the office of U.S. Rep. Brian Babin (R-Texas). Her portfolio includes oversight and government reform, small business, animal issues, immigration reform and agriculture.
  • Chelsey Shivley is working with the minority staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry. Her portfolio includes dairy issues, animal welfare, research, livestock issues and the 2018 Farm Bill.
  • Taylor Winkleman is working in the office of U.S. Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.). Her portfolio includes foreign policy with an emphasis on global health and Africa, in addition to military and veterans’ issues.

We look forward to seeing these veterinarians bring science-based solutions to challenges around such issues as food safety, animal welfare and public health. The AVMA Fellowship Program offers veterinarians an unparalleled opportunity to shape public policy while enhancing their own knowledge of the political process, and we have high hopes that Drs. Chatfield, Shivley and Winkleman can do much to help protect, promote and advance veterinary medicine during their time on Capitol Hill.

​Applications are currently open for the 2017-2018 fellowship cycle, and we encourage all interested AVMA members to apply for this unique opportunity. Applications must be submitted no later than February 10, 2017.

The fellowship program is sponsored through the American Association for the Advancement of Science, which works to place qualified, scientific experts in congressional offices where they are needed. To date, more than 60 veterinarians have participated in the AVMA Fellowship Program.

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