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AVMA Governmental Relations Veterinary Student Externship

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The AVMA Extern program pairs talented veterinary students together with the AVMA Governmental Relations Division for a four-week program that introduces Externs to the breadth of public policy issues facing the profession and provides hands-on lobbying experience with legislators and staffers on Capitol Hill.

Externs gain valuable knowledge about the issues facing the veterinary profession today and enhance their skill sets and resumes. Externs are asked to problem solve, collaborate, adapt to daily changes in priorities and influence others – all skills of immense value in every area of veterinary medicine.

Externs learn about federal legislative and regulatory processes and are actively involved in advancing the AVMA's agenda in Washington.

Externs work first-hand on issues that affect the veterinary profession, such as the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program, animal welfare, funding for veterinary education, and small business and tax issues. As part of that process, Externs work with Members of Congress and Congressional Staffers.

It's an opportunity to learn a facet of the profession that you won't find in school – and make a difference in shaping the profession at the same time.

AVMA provides $1200 stipends for up to ten Externs.

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The application deadline for 2012 externships is October 12, 2012.


American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)

Attn: Ms. Patty Mayo
1910 Sunderland Place NW
Washington DC 20036


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Clinical Supervisor of Elective:

Dr. Mark Lutschaunig

Updated: 07/12/12

Washington, DC
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