10 veterinary students pack their bags for D.C.

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

AVMA ExternAVMA’s Governmental Relations Division (GRD) is pleased to announce that it has selected 10 students to participate in its 2015 externship program.

In just four weeks at the AVMA’s D.C. office, these veterinary students from across the country will go from being passive participants in the political process to actively lobbying on behalf of the veterinary profession on Capitol Hill. Not only that, they will be given the opportunity to participate in a wide array of exciting public policy events and meetings in Washington, D.C. For instance, this year’s externs were able to attend Senate hearings on the Ebola virus, tour the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and explore everything the city has to offer.

The externship program is very competitive, and the GRD staff had an excellent pool of more than 20 diverse, talented and highly motivated candidates to choose from this year.

Next year’s governmental relations student externs are:

  • Elizabeth Francis, University of Missouri, Class of 2016
  • Sarah Genzer, Texas A&M University, Class of 2016
  • Radhika Gharpure, University of California – Davis, Class of 2016
  • Lucy Lee, Virginia–Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, Class of 2016
  • Scarlett Lee, Cornell University, Class of 2017
  • Maria Romano, Virginia–Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, Class of 2016
  • Heather Roney, Michigan State University, Class of 2016
  • Anita Richart, Purdue University, Class of 2015
  • Ali Terrell, University of Georgia, Class of 2016
  • Michael White, Kansas State University, Class of 2015

Only two students will be in AVMA’s D.C. office at a time. Once they return to their veterinary studies following their month-long externships, the students are encouraged to remain involved in the political process and educate their fellow classmates about the importance of advocacy on both a state and national level.

AVMA’s governmental relations externship program has been in place for more than a decade and more than 100 students have participated.

Please join us in congratulating these 10 students. We look forward to seeing them in D.C. throughout next year!

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