The AVMA’s Governmental Relations Division is pleased to announce that the 2012-2013 AVMA Fellows have all accepted positions in Congressional offices:
- Tristan Colonius, DVM, accepted a position in the office of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) where he is working on agriculture, food safety and public health issues. Dr. Colonius is a 2011 graduate of Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine. He is a former AVMA GRD extern, and prior to accepting the AVMA Fellowship, worked for the USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service.
- Donald Hoenig, VMD, is in the office of Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) and is working primarily on agriculture, food safety and public health, as well as homeland security and fisheries. Dr. Hoenig is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to accepting the AVMA Fellowship, Dr. Hoenig was the state veterinarian for Maine. He also served as the state’s public health veterinarian.
- Kaylee Myhre, DVM, is spending her Fellowship year in the minority staff office of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs working on a global health portfolio with an emphasis on foreign assistance in food safety and security. She will be working closely with various governmental and nongovernmental organizations assisting their ability to aid foreign countries in the detection and response to bio-security threats. Dr. Myhre is a 2012 graduate of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine.
The placement process began in September and all the fellows accepted positions by mid-October. During the yearlong program, AVMA fellows get an insider’s understanding of the governmental process while providing science-based veterinary and public health expertise to members of Congress.
For more information on the AVMA Fellowship, visit www.avma.org/fellowship or contact Stephanie Fisher, AVMA Governmental Relations Division. Applications are now being accepted for the 2013-14 fellowship program.