AVMA Congressional Fellows Placed in Hill offices

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

AVMA’s Governmental Relations Division (AVMA-GRD) is pleased to announce that the 2013-2014 AVMA Fellows have all accepted positions in congressional offices.

Eric Deeble, VMDDr. Eric Deeble, VMD, will spend his fellowship in the office of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), where he will work on food safety and animal agriculture issues. He graduated in May from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine.  Deeble formerly served the AVMA-GRD as an extern and has worked internationally in China, Africa and the Near East examining issues regarding food animal production in low resource communities, animal transport and international market development

Nathanial Tablante, DVMDr. Nathanial Tablante, DVM, will spend his fellowship in Rep. Sanford Bishop’s office (D-Ga.), where he will work primarily on an agriculture portfolio with a focus on poultry issues. Rep. Bishop is co-chair for the bipartisan Congressional Chicken Caucus. Tablante is a 1976 graduate of the University of the Philippines and is currently an associate professor and extension poultry veterinarian at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. He has more than 24 years of experience in poultry health management, epidemiology and biosecurity, and has authored and co-authored articles and educational materials on poultry health, biosecurity, and disease prevention.

Kate Varela, DVMDr. Kate Varela, DVM, will spend her fellowship year in the office of Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), where she will work on public health, conservation, climate and education. She is a 2012 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine and most recently worked at a small animal practice in the Chicago area. She is completing a Master of Public Health in health policy and administration with a global health concentration and is interested in agricultural policy development

The fellows’ placement process began in September and each of the fellows accepted positions by the beginning of October.  They will serve as full-time employees to their members of Congress, supporting the needs and activities of their respective congressional offices, until early August 2014.

The fellows were selected out of 30 applicants earlier this year after completing a three-phased, competitive selection process.

Visit AVMA’s website for more information on the Congressional Fellowship Program. Applications are now being accepted through Feb. 14, 2014, for the 2014-15 fellowship program.

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