The AVMA Governmental Relations Division (GRD) is happy to welcome two new veterinary student externs to Washington, D.C. Beth Noe is a student at the University Of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine and Zachary Kern is a student at the University Of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine.
AVMA-GRD externs are given the opportunity to observe and participate firsthand in the legislative process by advocating on behalf of the veterinary profession to members of Congress. They also meet veterinarians who work in federal agencies, such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration, and veterinarians who advise members of Congress on Capitol Hill on issues from food safety to animal health and welfare.
Noe is the current president of the Illinois Student Chapter of the American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners and co-founder of the newly created Illinois CVM Animal Welfare Club. She decided to participate in the GRD externship program because she hopes to pursue a laboratory animal medicine residency after graduation and wanted a better understanding of other nontraditional veterinary career paths.
While Kern’s primary clinical interests are in small animal medicine and cardiology, he wanted to take part in the externship program because he hopes to one day increase public awareness of veterinary issues like food security, animal welfare and public health.
Learn more about the AVMA-GRD externship program here.
Be sure to follow their activities and adventures in Washington via the Externs on the Hill blog.